Pair of trays


Singapore, late 19th or early 20th century
Wood, gold leaf, lacquer, mother-of-pearl, 59 x 42 x 30.5cm
2004-00106, Gift of Mr and Mrs Morris Lee

The shape of these pagoda trays is quite rare. The exchange of wedding gifts was a lavish affair for wealthy Peranakan families. These trays would be used in a grand procession of servants bearing symbolic gifts to be exchanged. After the wedding, they were probably used to store the wedding jewellery. They were probably specially commissioned by the Lee family of Magenta Cottage, Singapore.