Japanned corner cabinet, ca. 1770


An 18th century corner cabinet following the passion for Chinoiserie of its time. So called Japanning was the European reaction to Oriental import lacquer. English craftsmen worked out a complex procedure of applying several layers of ground and varnish, obtaining a smooth and shiny black surface onto which the gold decorations were painted in oil varnish. Those are in this case intricate patterns intended to look oriental. On the door panel figures a scene set amidst pagodas and gardens, beautifully executed in raised lacquer and gold varnish. Original butterfly hinges, handle and original interior paint. Around 1770.

Dimensions: H: 93.5 cm, W: 61 cm, D: 42cm

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