A beautiful black lacquered low table with a rectangular Coromandel lacquer top representing officials and children playing in pavilions opening onto a literati garden with scholar's rocks and knotty pines, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Good general condition, the colors of the lacquer very well preserved and unusually fresh as from origin, the base in black lacquered wood of later and European manufacture with some chips of lacquer, a chip on the glass plate protecting the Coromandel panel. Catalog of Acquisitions 2008.
It became trendy in Europe from the 18th century onward and the technique of "Vernis Martin" (developed by the Martin Brothers in 1728) to dismember Coromandel screens and to use parts of thme to adorn european furniture (especially chests of drawers) as well as low tables with a base and a frame in black and gold lacquered wood, as is the case here. This table is part of this Orientalist fashion that begins in the 18th century and ends with Art Deco in the 1930s and it was made from a Coromandel screen panel from the Kangxi period (1662 -1722) on a very beautifully made base, probably manufactured in the first quarter of the 20th century by a French cabinetmaker.
1 900 €