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Lacquer in the Royal Collection

Exquisite examples of Japanese, Chinese and Indian lacquer


Miniature cabinet of drawers


RCIN 33967

Contacts between the royal families of Britain and Japan grew closer after an Anglo-Japanese Alliance was signed in 1902. Several Japanese princes made visits to the United Kingdom, bringing gifts of contemporary lacquer, including cabinets and boxes by leading Japanese artists such as Akatsuka Jitoku. This cabinet was presented to Queen Mary in 1911 by Prince Fushimi (1875–1946) on behalf of the Meiji emperor and Empress Sho-ken (1849–1914) of Japan.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.