A japanned cabinet, English, late 17th century, imitating Chinese and Japanese lacquer. The interior fitted with ten drawers of various sizes, their insides coloured red but with undecorated deal sides and base. The drawers enclosed by a pair of doors fitted with chased brass hinges and a large lockplate. Decorated throughout with Chinoiserie figures, landscapes, flora and fauna. With its original steel key, and mounted on a contemporary carved giltwood and gesso stand [NT 871278.2]. -- The Victoria & Albert Museum holds a similar japanned cabinet, on a silvered stand with very similar legs and stretchers (W.20:1 to 16-1959).
At Saltram in 1951 and accepted in part payment of death duties by HM Treasury from the executors of Edmund Robert Parker (1877 - 1951), 4th Earl of Morley and transferred to the National Trust in 1957.