This box, from the 18th century, features large peonies and scrolling vines with medallions, all created with mother of pearl and would have been used to store clothes.
There are also various twisted metal wires inlaid around the box, which acts as extra decoration and as the stems connecting the flowers and leaves. The box was lacquered in black but also has a layer of brown lacquer on top, with the inside being lined with blue paper.
This box was acquired from a private collector from Japan. This particular box was also featured in the Nara Prefecture (in Japan) museum’s Koryo and Choson lacquerware exhibition in 1985.
Place of origin: Korea
Date: 18th Century
Materials and Techniques: Wood, Mother of pearl, metal
Provenance: Private collection Japan