The Witcombe Cabinet, English, japanned and silvered wood, about 1697

Key information

Museum number

2006.4

Object

The Witcombe Cabinet, English, japanned and silvered wood, about 1697

Gallery label

English
Japanned and silvered wood, about 1697
2006.4
Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax
and allocated to the Holburne Museum, 2005
The cabinet is in remarkable condition and is
unusual in retaining its original silvered stand and
cresting (above). Imported Chinese and Japanese
porcelain would have been displayed on the
brackets on the cresting.
Lacquer cabinets were a great status symbol in
the late seventeenth century. The secret of genuine
Japanese lacquer was unknown but English
craftsmen imitated it using varnish and shellac,
known as japanning. A fine imported Japanese
lacquer cabinet would cost up to £50, an English
japanned cabinet sold for less than half that
amount.

On display?

Yes
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