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Banquet Table (kakeban) with Design of Clouds and Chrysanthemums

Artist Culture
Muromachi period, 1338–1573
or Momoyama period, 1573–1615
late 16th century
Wood, lacquer, gold, and silver
Made in
Japan, Asia
Furniture, lacquerware
Current Location
On View, Gallery 226
7 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (19.1 x 36.8 x 34.3 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. John Peters MacCarthy and Director's Discretionary Fund
Public Domain
Object Number
The sumptuous gold-lacquer chrysanthemums decorating this serving table celebrate the beauty and abundance of autumn. Revealed among delicate, lacy leaves, a profusion of blossoms in low relief is echoed by spiraling clouds of swirling gold and silver flake, all against a gold-dusted, "pear-skin" ground. The raised, neatly indented corners on the top complement the four finely proportioned legs, the taut, curving shapes of which give the table an elegant and dynamic form. In style and technique, this table closely conforms to work from sixteenth-century Kyoto, especially the costly commissions for the nobility and the ruling military class. Beautifully set with gourmet morsels before an honored guest, the table would exemplify the lavishly ornate high aristocratic style of later Japan under the rule of the shoguns.
- 2002
Klaus F. Naumann, Tokyo, Japan [1]

2002 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Klaus F. Naumann [2]

[1] Invoice from Klaus F. Naumann dated September 3, 2002 [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 30, 2002.
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