George I Green Japanned Kneehole Desk in the Manner of John Belchier
George I Green Japanned Kneehole Desk in the Manner of John Belchier
George I Green Japanned Kneehole Desk in the Manner of John Belchier
George I Green Japanned Kneehole Desk in the Manner of John Belchier
George I Green Japanned Kneehole Desk in the Manner of John Belchier
George I Green Japanned Kneehole Desk in the Manner of John Belchier

In the manner of JOHN BELCHIER (c.1685-1753)

George I Green Japanned Kneehole Desk in the Manner of John Belchier

c. 1720 England

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A George I green japanned kneehole desk, heightened with gilt chinoseries, the rectangular moulded top with re-entrant corners, decorated with Chinese figures amongst buildings and landscapes, above a slide with later velvet insert; above a frieze drawer and shaped kneehole with recessed cupboard door enclosing a shelf, flanked by three short drawers to each side decorated with exotic birds, animals and figures above a shaped apron, on bun feet.

The lacquered objects and screens which were imported to Europe in the late 17th century by the East India Company generated a demand for functional furniture which reflected this taste and employed the same highly colorful, decorative surfaces of the imported wares. In London, the St Paul’s Church Yard cabinet-maker John Belchier (d.1753) owes his reputation partly to the series of labelled bureau cabinets in both green and red japan and the extensive suite of scarlet japanned furniture (comprising approximately eighty items) supplied to Duke of Infantado’s castle at Lazcano in northern Spain remains possibly the best known commission of the Clerkenwell cabinet-maker Giles Grendey (1693-1780).

John Stalker and George Parker's 1688 Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing became a key reference work for the recreation of the rich and highly finished effect of oriental lacquer work. The treatise contained recipes for producing the various different colors but also patterns of Chinese figures, plants and gardens. These highly decorated wares were expensive and only within the means of more affluent patrons and like their eastern counterparts would have been perceived as luxurious high status items. In Europe this 'japanning' as it became known remained fashionable until the end of the eighteenth century. ‘Japanning’ was considered to be particularly suitable for bedroom apartments, in the decoration of mirrors, as well as on desks and bureau cabinets such as reflected here. Green japanning has traditionally been considered to be rarer than those on a black or red ground.



Dimensions
Height 77.00 cm (30.31 inches)
Width 79.00 cm (31.10 inches)
Depth 51.00 cm (20.08 inches)
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