A William and Mary japanned cabinet on stand
A William and Mary japanned cabinet on stand
A William and Mary japanned cabinet on stand
A William and Mary japanned cabinet on stand
A William and Mary japanned cabinet on stand

A William and Mary japanned cabinet on stand

c. 1690 English

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The pierced cresting profusely carved with scrolls, foliage, flowers and doves, above a japanned cabinet with engraved brass lock plate and hinges, the japanning depicting landscapes, houses, animals and figures, enclosing ten drawers all similarly decorated. The silvered stand carved with foliage and produce, united with tapering pillar supports, joined by cross stretchers incorporating porcelain stands.

English, circa 1690

Width: 41" 104 cm
Depth: 21" 54 cm
Height: 84" 213 cm

Provenance
M.Harris & Son, London
Purchased by Mr & Mrs Jack Steinberg, 6th May 1947.
Receipt reads. 'Old Early XVIIIth Century Black & Gold Lacquer Cabinet on Gilt stand. Circa 1700. £300'. The receipt endorsed by R.W.Symonds

R.W. Symonds was an authority on 17th & 18th Century English furniture, and throughout the 20th Century helped form some of the finest collections of English Furniture & Works of Art.

Very few examples of cabinets of this quality have survived with their original stands and cresting but two known comparable examples do exist, one in the collection of the Victoria and Albert museum in London, and another in the Holbourne Museum in Bath.

This magnificent cabinet illustrates the joy and exuberance of the ascent to the throne of Mary, the daughter of James II and her husband William of Orange, whose arrival in England from the Netherlands was mostly greeted with jubilation after the previous reign.

The taste for items from the Orient was getting established in England at this time, due in no small part to the formation of the East India Company in 1601 with a royal charter from Elizabeth I, making it one of the oldest of the East Indian trading companies.

The Oriental influence from Holland through the Dutch East India Company founded soon afterwards, also contributed to the fashion for objects such as this cabinet.

The splendour of the original carved and silvered cresting and stand on this cabinet would have been a statement of the owner’s taste and prestige in the Arts
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