Breathtaking Japanned Furniture

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.

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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 Penguin Dictionary of the Decorative Arts edited by John Fleming and Hugh Honour)

The development of English black japanning 1620-1820 - Victoria and Albert Museum

The development of English black japanning 1620-1820 – Victoria and Albert Museum

katie ridder

Katie Ridder

Antique English Lacquer Mirror Seller The Paisley Shop Ltd

Antique English Lacquer Mirror Seller The Paisley Shop Ltd

Christopher Spitzmiller

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

George I Gilt Decorated Black Painted Chest on Stand By Doyle New York

Chinese Export Sewing Table Seller John Yaconetti Antiques

Chinese Export Sewing Table Seller John Yaconetti Antiques

japanned bureau cupboards

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.

Japanned Furniture

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

English japanned wood cabinet, c.1670, Victoria & Albert Museum

Secret Splendour — The Hidden World of Baroque Cabinets Holburne Museum,
Secret Splendour consists of 13 cabinets, dating from about 1600 to 1700: three come from the Holburne Collection, and the remainder are on loan, mostly from the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Queens’ Sitting Room, for which Jacqueline Kennedy approved the bold blue and white fabric for the walls, draperies, valance, and furniture.

Queens’ Sitting Room, for which Jacqueline Kennedy approved the bold blue and white fabric for the walls, draperies, valance, and furniture.

Chinoiserie - Design - Grand Office with tons of Chinoiserie - by Windsor Smith

Chinoiserie – Design by Windsor Smith

 

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