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A Rare Japan Lacquer Servant Table

France

Circa 1880

Height : 106 cm (41 3/4 in.) ; Width : 48 cm (18 3/4 in.) ; Depth : 31 cm (12 1/4 in.)

Charming Japanese style servant table executed in varnished bamboo and Japan lacquer. Made up of three rectangular rocking trays, tastefully decorated with gold-and-red motifs on a black background, depicting a bird on a branch, an octopus with a male figure and a poem lecture scene.

The use of Japanese lacquer panels in furniture ornamentation begins at the end of the 18th century. These lacquer panels usually represent landscapes, birds and still-life scenes, most of the time in very sober compositions. The most well-known cabinet-makers, such as Beneman, BVRB and Weisweiler then made lacquered furniture. That craze for lacquered tables was still vivid during the 19th century, thanks to the taste of winter garden atrium and other greenhouses.

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