An interesting and rare early 17th century black Japanned, gold-painted and mother-of-pearl inlaid table cabinet, English, or possibly Dutch, circa 1620

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An interesting and rare early 17th century black Japanned, gold-painted and mother-of-pearl inlaid table cabinet, English, or possibly Dutch, circa 1620

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,200 - 7,800
An interesting and rare early 17th century black Japanned, gold-painted and mother-of-pearl inlaid table cabinet, English, or possibly Dutch, circa 1620
Lacking doors, constructed in pine, decorated with gold-painted foliage arabesques and highlighted with inset mother-of-pearl on a black ground, the superstructure of shouldered-arch form, centred by a case of four drawers, which removes to allow access to small drawers on each side, the lower-section with ten drawers centred around a deep drawer, again removing to reveal two further 'secret' drawers, losses, restorations, 57cm wide x 31cm deep x 64cm high, (22in wide x 12in deep x 25in high)

Footnotes

  • A very similar Japanned cabinet, retaining the original doors, in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, [item no. W.37:1 to 15-1927]. The inside of one door is painted with an English Coat of Arms - three lozenges conjoined - which may possibly refer to Gifford of County Devon, and Harrison of Goudhurst, Kent.


    Related Literature:
    The V&A cabinet is illustrated, both open and closed, Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (2016), p. 174, figs. 2:239, 239a. The accompanying text describes how 'lacquerwares' were first imported by the Dutch and Portuguese from the Far East, and then 'soon reached London via Amsterdam', where they 'were instantly admired by the English'. In 1614 the inventory of Northampton House, belonging to Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton, included around a dozen pieces of 'Oriental type', specifically referred to as 'Chinaworke'. It is not clear whether the Earl's pieces were imported 'Oriental' items or European copies, as by the inventory date lacquered furniture was already being copied in Europe, in a painted version, which became known as 'Japanning'. This lot is typical of this European painted work, albeit of English or Dutch manufacture, and may even have been made in England by a Dutchman.


    This Lot is dated to around 1620 by comparison with a dated Japanned ballot box of 1619, made originally for the British East India Company, London, and now in the collection of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers', London, and still in use today. A further comparison in date can be made with a set of Japanned roundels, inscribed with English verses published in London in 1611, in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection, London [item no. W.30-1912].


    Cabinets of related form and decoration are also illustrated:

    - ibid. p. 173, figs. 2:238. 238a, formerly in the John Fardon Collection, [see Lots 9 to 24 in this sale]; offered Christie's, South Kensington, 16 March 1994, Lot 86.
    - Christopher Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall (1978), Vol. I. p. 47, no. 35, dated to circa 1690, and formerly in the collection of Sir Thomas Colt, Puddleston Court, Herefordshire.
    - R. Edwards, Dictionary of English Furniture from the Middle Ages to the Late Georgian Period (1986), Vol. 1, p. 162, fig. 1, related to the former cabinet and again in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection, London, [item no. W.9-1936].
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An interesting and rare early 17th century black Japanned, gold-painted and mother-of-pearl inlaid table cabinet, English, or possibly Dutch, circa 1620
An interesting and rare early 17th century black Japanned, gold-painted and mother-of-pearl inlaid table cabinet, English, or possibly Dutch, circa 1620
An interesting and rare early 17th century black Japanned, gold-painted and mother-of-pearl inlaid table cabinet, English, or possibly Dutch, circa 1620
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