Scarlet Fever: A Love of Red Japanning

A Queen Anne Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest
Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

This magnificent Queen Anne scarlet japanned bachelors chest is decorated with beautiful scarlet japanning.

A Queen Anne Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest
Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

The quality of the japanning throughout the chest is exceptional, but opening the door allows you to see the incredibly bright colours of both the scarlet ground and gilded highlights of the birds and floral decoration.

A Queen Anne Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest
Mackinnon Fine Furniture

John Stalker and George Parker’s 1688 publication ‘A Treatise on Japanning and Varnishing’ was by far one of the most influential treatises on japanned furniture in England offering both recipes for creating japanned surfaces as well as over a hundred decorative patterns in the Asian style for copying. In the discussion on creating ‘Red-Japan’ varnishes, they comment, ‘what admirable products may we expect, when a lively and unlimited fancy is exercised in an Art that is equally boundless and unconfined.’

A Queen Anne Scarlet Japanned Bachelors Chest
Mackinnon Fine Furniture

See this rare and wonderful piece on our website and learn more about its history.

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