The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017
A scarlet lacquer and gilt japanned cabinet on carved and silvered wood stand
Sold for £9000
A scarlet lacquer and gilt japanned cabinet on carved and silvered wood stand, the cabinet second quarter 18th century, the stand circa 1670, the cabinet decorated with a landscape scene to the doors, depicting birds and trees flanked by traditional Japanese style architecture, the elaborately pierced and engraved escutcheon and lock opening to an arrangement of eleven drawers , the stand carved throughout with scrolling foliate branches centred by a cherub flanked by a pair of dogs, the cabriole shaped legs carved with term figures, 164cm high, 109cm wide, 54cm deep
For a lacquer cabinet demonstrating a related design of decoration, see see Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740 , Antique Collectors Club, 2009, page 138, plate 3:82. The example in Bowett's book is said to relate to a japanned desk and bookcases at Erddig Hall (near Wrexham, Wales) that are suggested to have been from the workshop of John Belchier.
John Belchier was first recorded at The Sun, St Paul's Church Yard, in 1717 where he stayed until his death in 1753. His most significant documented commission was at Erddig. Belchier owes his high reputation to a distinguished series of bureau cabinets decorated in green or scarlet japanning or veneered with fine cuts of burr walnut.
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am
Sunday 19 November
10am - 2pm
Monday 20 November
9am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 21 November
9.00am - 4.30pm
Day of sale from 8.30am