Japanese - Writing Box, late 18th century


Writing Box, late 18th century

Lacquered wood, with gold and silver decoration, 15.2 x 41.4 x 34.3 cm (6 x 16 5/16 x 13 1/2 in.) overall


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Gift from Henry L. Higginson (1834-1919), founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to Isabella Stewart Gardner, December 1901.


Morris Carter. Isabella Stewart Gardner and Fenway Court (Boston, 1925; Reprint, Boston, 1972), p. 192.
Yasuko Horioka et al. Oriental and Islamic Art: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1975), p. 87, no. 38, ill.
Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), pp. 28-30 figs. 23-24, 39 fig. 40, 48-49 n. 79.

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