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Cabinet with flowers and landscapes
Date1640 - 1690
Material and technique
wood, covered in black lacquer, with gold maki-e lacquer decoration; nashiji lacquer decoration on the borders; gilt copper hinges
Dimensions71 x 93 x 50.5 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum, 1980.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 35 | West meets East
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Export lacquer cabinet with two doors concealing drawers. Decorated in raised and polished lacquers with landscape and flower designs. Gilt metal locks and hinges.
In: Impey, O. R., and M. Tregear, Oriental Lacquer: Chinese and Japanese Lacquer from the Ashmolean Museum Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1983)
Glossary of terms
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.
(‘sprinkled design’) generic term for lacquer decoration using powdered metals sprinkled onto wet lacquer to create a design
(‘pear skin ground’) tiny, irregularly shaped flakes of gold embedded in amber coloured wet lacquer and then polished to a fine sheen
Impey, O. R., and M. Tregear, Oriental Lacquer: Chinese and Japanese Lacquer from the Ashmolean Museum Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1983), no. 18 on p. xii, illus. p. 18