A Louis XV Japanese lacquer and gold mounted aide memoir. Estimate £15,000 – 20,000 (€19,000 – 25,000). Photo Bonhams.
with the discharge mark of Charles Cordier, Paris 1722-27, the lacquer panels of similar or slightly earlier date
The reeded gold cage mount with hinged spine, each side set with a Japanese lacquered panel of gold hiramakie on a roiro-nuri ground the front with a Yamato Nadeshko, making tea beside a tsuitate; the reverse similarly decorated with a depiction of Hanasaka Jiji, silk lined interior with a paper almanac for 1727, with reeded gold pencil fitting within reeded loops to fasten, length 9.8cm.
Note: Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man who makes the dead trees flower. The story concerns an old man who sits under a dead tree with a box of ashes which he stirs with a rice mortar made from a tree trunk. The story is a cautionary tale about the envious neighbours who see the Old Man taking gold coins from the bowl, but who are unable to perform the same feat even when they steal the mortar.
Bonhams. FINE SILVER AND GOLD BOXES, 12 Nov 2014 11:00 GMT – LONDON, NEW BOND STREET