A QUEEN ANNE JAPANNED SECRETAIRE CABINET
A QUEEN ANNE JAPANNED SECRETAIRE CABINET

A QUEEN ANNE JAPANNED SECRETAIRE CABINET

c. 1715 English

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A rare Queen Anne japanned cabinet, the re-entrant double domes with gilded finials, above two finely japanned doors depicting elaborate trade scenes, figures, foliage and land & seascapes; mounted with elaborately engraved hinges, corner mounts and a brass lock plate. The upper part with a fully fitted interior of drawers, the lower part fitted with a secretaire drawer, and similarly decorated, depicting houses and landscapes; standing on bun feet


English, circa 1710

Width: 41” 104 cm
Depth: 21” 53 cm
Height: 79” 201 cm


LITERATURE
Percy Macquoid & Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, 1924, 3 vols., vol. I, p.161, fig.19.


The courts and nobility of Europe had long been fascinated by the exoticism and mystery of the Orient, and the huge growth in trade through the Dutch East India Company in the late 17th Century stimulated interest and demand further; of particular popularity was interest in ‘chinoiserie’.

Of the many items imported at this time that included spices and porcelain, was lacquer screens and cabinets.

These pieces were of particular interest to the cabinet makers in England and they created similar examples, so sought after by society, in a technique called Japanning.

Japanning was popularised further by the publication A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing by John Stalker & George Parker, which describes in detail the process of Japanning. This publication still remains a key reference book for the technique even today.
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