Collection of Principessa Ismene Chigi Della Rovere. A pair of Japanese gilt-metal mounted, black and gold lacquer karabitsu, Edo period, 19th century. Estimate £63,000 – £5,000 ($4,524 – $7,540). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015
Each with shaped square lid, the interior decorated in dark brown lacquer, the fluted body and tapering legs decorated with foliate scrolls; 17 ½ in. (44.5 cm.) high; 14 ½ in. (37 cm.) wide; 14 ½ in. (37 cm.) deep
Provenance: Perrin Antiquaires, Paris, from whom purchased by Principessa Ismene Chigi Della Rovere in 1975.
Christie’s. THE COLLECTIONS OF PRINCIPESSA ISMENE CHIGI DELLA ROVERE AND A NOBLE GENOESE FAMILY, 4 February 2015, London, South Kensington