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Rare & Exceptional Meiji Period Hardwood Exhibition Display Cabinet (1 of 6)
Wick Antiques Ltd
Flag of United KingdomHampshire, UK
Wick Antiques was established by Charles Wallrock in the early 1980s. Having grown up in the Antiques world Charles developed an extensive wealth of knowledge. Starting out as a ‘man with a van’ he quickly gained a good reputation and embarked on a longstanding relationship with Harrods. He was later joined by his wife, Caroline Wallrock. Caroline having completed a Persian degree, went on to study at Christie’s fine art and then joined Sotheby’s specializing in Islamic and Japanese works of art, as well as taking the occasional auction. Together they make a formidable team with extensive knowledge and buy and sell some of the best items on the market.
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Rare & Exceptional Meiji Period Hardwood Exhibition Display Cabinet

REF: LA202582
£78,500
€91,700
$98,743
Certified DealerApproved listing353 sales by dealer
Certified DealerApproved listing353 sales by dealer
Description
The square central section is glazed, mirrored and rotates, with additional inner frames, all above a frieze with a disguised drawer, surmounted by a pagoda roof with upswept eaves, pendant bronze bells, aoi mon and serpentine dragons, the finial comprising a ho-ho with open wings; the base comprises four deeply carved cabriole legs with ho-hoshoulders and feathered claw feet resting on minogame whose tails support a circular spinach-marble shelf, with a similar marble set into the solid stretcher, decorated throughout with cloud scrolls, tendrils, inro and many auspicious symbols, the creatures’ eyes rendered in mother-of-pearl, inscribed ‘Behold fire’, Yokohama, Japan, circa 1900. Provenance: Fletcher’s Auction House, Houston, Texas. October 9-11 1981 Catalogue. Lot number 583 and envelope illustration. Footnote: This is an intriguing cabinet in many ways. The inscription “hino yojin” indicates a place for candlesticks or other light sources in a grand interior, however the inner drilled frames within the glass doors, and the fact that the whole display section rotates, would suggest something of great value and artistic merit was displayed inside. The carvings are related to the mythological Palace of the Dragon God of the Sea, (Ryugu-jo). Depending on various versions of the legend this underwater palace was made from pure crystal, each of the four sides had a different season and one day in the palace was equal to a century in our world. The most famous legend refers to Urashima Taro who was carried down to this magical place on the back of a minogame or giant turtle. The ho-ho birds are symbols of good fortune, which, combined with minogame. represent in particular longevity, fidelity and wisdom. The aoi motif was originally the mon (heraldic device) of the Tokugawa shogunate but in the Meiji period these symbols were increasingly used for purely decorative purposes on export wares.
measurements
Height:
110 in
Width:
52 in
Depth:
52 in
declaration
Wick Antiques Ltd has clarified that the Rare & Exceptional Meiji Period Hardwood Exhibition Display Cabinet (LA202582) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1900
location
This Rare & Exceptional Meiji Period Hardwood Exhibition Display Cabinet is located in Hampshire, United Kingdom

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