This antique Japanese lacquered tabletop cabinet --Kodansu, in Japanese--dates from the Meiji period, somewhere between late 19th and early 20th century. It features a hand-painted golden duck, swimming amidst reeds at the center of its front, surrounded by silver hardware with engraved decoration. Inside the box are three black lacquer drawers of progressively larger size from top to bottom, painted with an elegant gold and silver design, and with silver-toned metal pulls at the center of each drawer.
The exterior door to the cabin and the interior drawers open and close with ease. Truly a special object, this piece would be perfect on a vanity as a wonderful small storage cabinet for jewelry or other prized treasures!
There is wear to this box consistent with its age, particularly on the exterior corners of the box, its bottom side, and the edges and interior bottoms of the interior drawers, as accurately documented in photos. It measures 3 5/8ʺ wide × 6 1/8ʺ deep x 4 3/4ʺ tall.