A Japanese chest which once belonged to Cardinal Mazarin, France’s Chief Minister from 1642 to 1661, has sold  for €7.3 million ($au10.3 million) to Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum.

The cedar chest, decorated with black-and-gold lacquer chest inlaid with silver and mother-of-pearl, dates to the start of Japan’s Edo period and was one of four acquired by Cardinal Mazarin in 1658.

The photo is of another of the Mazarin chests, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Mazarin Chest
Mazarin Chest

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