Serving Table in Japan lacquer
Japan – France
Lacquer, Gilded bronze, Iron
Very pretty serving table with two rectangular trays composed of two Japanese panels from the Edo period in powdered lacquer using the Maki-e technique.
The upper tray, decorated with an openwork interlacing gallery, is decorated with trees and bamboos in a lake landscape, and the lower tray, also representing a landscape, is decorated with a cruciform kamon, symbol of the Shimazu clan. Two blackened iron double uprights, underlined with decorative bronze in the form of foliage, connect the trays, and end in geometric volutes.
The use of Japanese lacquer panels, especially from coffers, to decorate furniture was fashionable from the end of the 18th century. Japanese lacquer most often represents landscapes of great simplicity, birds or very sober still lifes. Many cabinetmakers, among the most famous, made lacquer furniture. This fashion continued throughout the 19th century, notably with the development of winter gardens.
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