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A Japanese Monoyama lacquer casket, 17th century

with a domed top with a gilt-bronze handle and engraved hinges cast with a trefoil motif and with a handle on each side, the top decorated with ogee-shaped reserves the inside decorated with floral sprays, the whole decorated with birds on branches, flowers and leaves in black aventurine lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl - 27cm. high, 45.5cm. wide, 23.5cm. deep; 10½in., 1ft. 6in., 9¼in. Estimate 12,000—18,000 GBP

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Sotheby's. Important Continental Furniture, Ceramics and Clocks. 02 Dec 08. London - www.sotheby's.com