The demand for Oriental lacquer far outstripped supply and soon European cabinet-makers started to produce their own imitations of Chinese and Japanese lacquer. From the 16th century, lacquerware inspired by Oriental models was produced in Venice and the taste for lacquer furniture reached its zenith in the 18th century, with Venice being pre-eminent in its production.
A related Venetian bureau cabinet is illustrated by Hans Huth, Lacquer of the West, The History of a Craft and Industry, 1550-1950, London, 1971, pl. 106. Another related example is illustrated in G. Morazzoni, Il Mobile Veneziano Del Settecento, Milan, 1958, Vol. II, pl. CDVIII.
A further comparable Venetian bureau cabinet, using black lacquer instead of green, was sold Sotheby’s London, Tuesday 27 April 2010, lot 47.
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