George II Green Japanned Bureau Bookcase -England, circa 1730 Mallett Antiques
An early 18th century green lacquer bureau bookcase attributed to Giles Grendey (1693-1780), decorated throughout with gilt chinoiseries on a green ground, the cresting in the form of a broken swan’s neck pediment. The upper section has two doors fitted with shaped mirror plates of traditional Grendey form which open to reveal,on the reverse, large scale Chinese figures and an interior fitted with small pigeon holes, bookshelves and drawers, with a pair of candle slides below; the fall front bureau section enclosing further drawers and pigeon holes. Below are two drawers in the frieze above four long graduating drawers, each retaining the original elaborate brass handles; the whole standing on bracket feet. England, circa 1730 The cresting and the mirror plates of a later date. The lacquer restored in places.
A Regency penwork cabinet, England, 19th cetury.
Courtesy of Mallet/1stdibs.com.
Penwork A type of decoration applied to japanned furniture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, mainly in England. Furniture to be treated in this way was first japanned black, then patterns were painted on in white japan and finally the details and shading were executed in black India ink with a fine quill pen. The effect is delicate and lacy, rather like an etching in reverse, with white motifs on a black ground
The development of English black japanning 1620-1820 – Victoria and Albert Museum
Antique English Lacquer Mirror Seller The Paisley Shop Ltd
Ceramist Christopher Spitzmiller chose a golden shade of orange for the walls of his Manhattan living room. The mirrored wall emphasizes the color while opening up the room; the sofa pillows are of Tigre Velours silk by Clarence House, and the japanned secretary is 19th century. ELLE DECOR
George I Gilt Decorated Black Painted Chest on Stand By Doyle New York
Chinese Export Sewing Table Seller John Yaconetti Antiques
Tom Devenish is an established name in the English furniture industry based in New York. He died in 2002 and had left ample 18th-century antiques (typically furniture and mirror) in his packed, cigar-smoke-occupied shop at 929 Madison Avenue. His entire catalog, one-of-its-kind English furniture collections would be up for auction at Sotheby’s on 24 April. The luminary lots comprise of three impressive japanned bureau cupboards from the 1700s (two in red, one in green), a pair of George II gilded armchairs with eagle-head armrests, an 18th-century Irish side table with a lion mask and a George III semi-elliptical marquetry-inlaid commode that hides a desk.
1730-1740 American (Massachusetts) High chest of drawers at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston – From the curators’ comments: “”Japanned” decoration is a greatly simplified imitation of Asian lacquer work. In colonial America, the production of Japanned furniture was largely, if not exclusively, limited to Boston, where at least ten japanners worked before 1750.”
English japanned wood cabinet, c.1670, Victoria & Albert Museum
Queens’ Sitting Room, for which Jacqueline Kennedy approved the bold blue and white fabric for the walls, draperies, valance, and furniture.
Chinoiserie – Design by Windsor Smith