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A very rare and exquisite quality late 17th century cream Japanned cabinet on a carved silvered stand. The cabinet decorated throughout with exotic and brilliant polychrome scenes and has two folding doors, each decorated with a central blue and white vase filled with chrysanthemums and exotic flowers above oriental courtly ladies and children within a landscape, framed within a stylised floral border mounted with elaborate pierced repoussé gilt metal hinges and metalwork to the corners and centred by an elaborate lock plate, the sides similarly decorated and mounted; the doors decorated on the reverse and enclosing eleven drawers with gilt metal drop ring handles.

On an elaborately carved and silvered stand with a foliate lip above a pierced foliate apron centred by a blind cartouche with putti supports with scallop shells to the sides, all supported on canted acanthus enriched hipped scroll legs with outward scrolled toes.

Note: Cream or white japanning are the rarest colours to be found, and only a very small number of workshops managed to produce pieces in these hues. The patterns for the decoration were often traced from Chinese or Japanese import china of the period.

The extraordinary cabinet was exhibited alongside a cabinet with almost identical decoration at the Wallace Collection in London and also compares to one in the Lady Lever art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Liverpool. These three cabinets share the same construction and have almost identical japanned decoration, and all probably originate from the same workshop.

Literature: Julian Treuherz, ‘The Lady Lever Art Gallery’, 2004, p.45.

‘A Loan Exhibition Depicting the Reign of Charles II’ catalogue, J.Drinkwater (ed.), 1932, p.90.
‘Art Treasures Exhibition’ catalogue, 1932, p.12, illus. P.13

Exhibitions: 'A Loan Exhibition Depicting the Reign of Charles II', 22 & 23 Grosvenor Place, London 28 January-March 1932, no. 751.
'Art Treasures Exhibition', Christie's, Manson & Wood, London, 12 October -5 November, 1932,
no. 31.
‘The Wallace Collection’, London, November, 2008.

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  • Provenance

    Edward Benjamin Esq., 1932;
    Lady Binning, 1938;
    Ronald Lee Ltd., London;
    Private collection, England.


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