A History of Japanning in England: Technique & Decoration

We are finishing our series on the history of japanning in England today with a focus on the technique and decoration of japanned furniture.  If you want to catch up on the history of the lacquer trade and the origin of japanning, please look at our previous posts here and here. Technique Ultimately, the Europeans … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: Technique & Decoration

Antiques Trade Gazette: London Looks at Japanning

We were delighted to have our winter exhibition featured in this week's Antiques Trade Gazette in an article entitled 'The Furniture Crossover Culture.'  The article explores the intersection of Asian lacquer brought over to England from the 17th century and the subsequent imitation of this lacquer by English craftsmen, known as japanning. We hope you … Continue reading Antiques Trade Gazette: London Looks at Japanning

A History of Japanning in England: The Origin of Japanning

We are continuing the discussion of the history of japanning in England today after beginning with an exploration of the lacquer trade last week. The novelty and rarity of the lacquer pieces from China and Japan sparked a desire to recreate these works in Europe. The English referred to their imitations of Asian lacquer as … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: The Origin of Japanning

A History of Japanning in England: The Lacquer Trade

In honour of our winter exhibition, Looking East: Japanned Furniture of Georgian England, we thought it was the perfect time to look at the history of japanning.  We will share this information over three posts in the coming weeks to coincide with the exhibition. Any history of japanning must start with the lacquer trade. In July … Continue reading A History of Japanning in England: The Lacquer Trade