Rare Japanese export lacquer chinoiserie table ca 1740

A rare japanned gilt-heightened tray-top table. English. Mid 18th century, ca 1740.

W: 84 cm (33’’)
D: 51.5 cm (20 1/4’’)
H: 70.5 cm (27 3/4’’)

BHA 1191

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A rare japanned gilt-heightened tray-top table. Mid 18th century, ca 1740.

Finely decorated in raised gilt in the ‘chinoiserie’ manner – sometimes referred to as either japanned or lacquer – with scenes of Mt Fuji, a lake, blossoming trees, rockwork and sailing boats.

A rare, sophisticated and versatile antique table on its original stand, in lovely, virtually untouched condition. The tray top is fully detachable.


Japanese export lacquer 1580-1850 is the first full treatment of lacquerware made to European demand, its transportation and the lacquer market in Europe as well as the effect of lacquer and its use in a European context. Japanese Export Lacquer, Impey, Oliver, Jörg, Christiaan J. A., Viallé, Cynthia (2005). Vis. brill.com 

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Japanese export lacquer – www.vam.ac.uk › content › articles › japanese-export-lacquer

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Margaret Jourdain and Soame Jenyns, Chinese Export Art in the 18th Century, Spring Publ (1967).

Carl Crossman, The Decorative Arts of the China Trade (1991).

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