Picture This LXIV

In A William and Mary Simulated Tortoiseshell Chest of Drawers, I mentioned how faux tortoiseshell-painted furniture was popular as a background for japanned decoration (either newly-painted or using previously tortoiseshell-painted canvasses).

I recently came across this chest-on-stand which typifies late seventeenth-century and early eighteenth-century japanning over a naïve tortoiseshell-painted ground.

William_III_chinoiserie_COC_c1700_01aPainted and japanned chest-on-stand, circa 1700. (Decorator Source)

William_III_chinoiserie_COC_c1700_01eDaubed ‘tortoiseshell’ background. (Decorator Source)

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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11 Responses to Picture This LXIV

  1. Bob Barnett says:

    Just wanted to take a minute and thank you for your work. I enjoy your writings.


  2. Alex A. says:

    That is an odd wear pattern on the upper right drawer. I wonder what caused it.


  3. Paul says:

    Possibly a well done paint in over the wear?


  4. Ken Hughes says:

    Are the legs and base consistent with this piece or would they be Queen Ann?


  5. hughjengine says:

    I rather like the elephants!


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