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 where painted in oil varnish. Those are in this case beautiful intricate patterns believed to be oriental by the artist, and on the door panel figures a scene set amidst pagodas and gardens which is enhanced with relief. Great original condition. Original butterfly hinges, handle and even original interior paint. Around 1770.

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

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