13th Dec, 2023 10:00

Fine Interiors

  Lot 478


A Nanban export black-lacquered cabinet

A Nanban export black-lacquered cabinet,
late Momoyama or early Edo period, late 16th/early 17th century, Japanese, decorated all over with landscapes, flora and birds, with stylised geometric borders, the twin doors enclosing various drawers painted with flowers and foliage, on a later giltwood stand,
108cm wide
54cm deep
158cm high (2)

Provenance: A private collection, Mayfair, London W1.

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A Mayfair Private Collection

Offered for sale in our December Fine Interiors sale are a number of items from a Mayfair private residence, including several lots purchased from the Christie’s auction: ‘Kinross House, Scotland and Property Removed from The London Residence of Mrs. Winston Spencer Churchill’.

Decorated in the classic English country house style, the Belgrave Square apartment where Luce Spencer Churchill lived with her husband, Winston Spencer Churchill, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, featured stylish and comfortable pieces of furniture, works of art and paintings, some of which were inherited from his predecessors.When offered for sale at Christie's, the collection, with its links to one of the most celebrated names in British history, inspired spirited competition, achieving over half a million pounds and a 100% sold rate.

The pieces purchased from the sale are perfectly complemented by several others, all of which were chosen to adorn our vendor's elegant Mayfair residence.

Sold for £5,200

Condition Report
Cabinet alone measures 89cm wide x 48.5cm deep x 66cm high. Flat top of the base 98cm wide x 58cm deep, the carved edge is approx 2.5cm. There is currently no rebate in the stand, it has a flat top, which looks to be a later adaption. Further evidence of repair, alteration and later timbers beneath the stand. There is areas of wear, small losses/chips, cracks to the lacquer decoration throughout, particularly noticeable to the backs of both doors. A shadow to the top part of both doors, indicating that something has been removed. Some slight damage around a couple of the hinges. The lock with some knocks, damage and apparent repair. Evidence of touching up to the back of the lock on the right hand door. Further evidence of touching up throughout. Some dings and dents to metalware, with rubbing to gilding. Lacking some sort of plate/ cover to the lock of the central arcaded drawer. Key lacking. The base with expected wear to the gilding. Both cherubs missing a leg. Joints of cabinet and stand generally sound. See additional photos.



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Auction: Fine Interiors, 13th Dec, 2023


London Viewing | Highlights

A selection of lots will be on view Wednesday 22 November - Saturday 2 December at our London Gallery, 15 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ, as follows:

Monday-Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm 

Saturday, 1pm - 5pm

Sunday - Closed


Stansted Viewing | Auction

Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Friday 8 December, 10am - 5pm 

Saturday 9 December, 10am - 2pm 

Sunday 10 December, 10am - 2pm 

Monday 11 December, 10am - 5pm 

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description. 

The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE. 

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