Offered for sale is a superb early 19th century Chinese Export black and gilt lacquer writing desk in three parts. The top opens to a fitted interior with various drawers, cubbyholes, and center niche. The writing desk opens to reveal compartmentalized divisions. These pieces fit into a matching stand, original to the piece.
Asian lacquered pieces became popular in England and on the European Continent in the 17th century when goods were shipped from China through the Indian ports. Europeans began imitating the pieces calling their furniture "Japan work." The Asian lacquer was made from the sap of the Rhus Vernicifera tree, which produced a hard, highly polished surface. Gold or vermillion designs were then traced with quills onto the surface.
The desk is in very good age related condition with desired crazing and cracking to the lacquered surface and some minor paint wear.
Size: 56" Height by 29 ½" Width by 27" Depth.
Item ID: DP130107
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