A lacquer box and cover
Edo period, 18th century, Japan
15 x 11 x 12cm ; 5.9 x 4.33 x 4.72 inches
Of a hen and chicks, decorated in gold red and black takamaki-e and hiramaki-e with detailed feathers, inlaid eyes, nashiji interior. Inscription on the base ‘Nihon Sato Seizo’ (made by Sato in Japan).
A similar model of a cockerel in the collection of Marie Antoinette is illustrated Monika Kopplin, ‘Les lacques du Japan, Collections de Mair-Antoinette’, (Chateau de Versailles 2001), p.186, no.56