AN EXTREMELY RARE JAPANESE GLASS TELESCOPE WITH LACQUERED STAND
Edo Period, late 18th/early 19th century
The telescope decorated in various colours with birds and sprays of flowers painted over glass that is finely wheel-cut engraved, the glass sections and copper rims separated by lacquered wood, the stand lacquered wood, with original wood box with inscription Otoomegane (telescope) and the name of the previous owner Mr. Nakata.
Length of telescope: 15.3 cm
Length of stand: 16.2 cm
A similar, larger, telescope, previously in the collection of Ikenaga Hajime, is now housed in the Kobe Museum