Antiek Chinoiserie Corner Cupboard

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Antique Japanned Bow Fronted Corner Cupboard



Date: ca mid 18thh century

This stunning corner cupboard is beautifully decorated with a Chinoiserie décor (i.e. the European interpretation/imitation of Chinese and East Asian art) over a simulated tortoiseshell background. It was initially made for mounting on the wall and encloses three shaped shelves behind two doors. The interior is in green paint. The main structure is made of oak.


The décor, in various mellow hues ranging from dark brown to yellows and gilt paint, features a temple and garden scene with various figures in traditional dress and lots of intricate detailing. The décor has been applied with the Japanning technique that, in the 17th and 18th centuries, aimed to imitate the laborious art of oriental lacquering; japanning used resin-based French polishes/varnishes that were applied in layers and then polished (in France this is more commonly known as ‘Vernis Martin’).


The fretwork butterfly hinges, a typical English characteristic, seem to be original to the piece, as are the escutcheon and functioning internal bolt lock & key.

The cupboard comes with a modern made base (to protect it from the floor and cleaning/sweeping actions) and a dark smoked glass to protect the top and make it functional.

Dimensions: 91.3 cm high, 34.5 cm and 36.2 cm width of sides, 13 kg

Condition: Excellent condition. The décor and all structural elements are fully intact. The gilt paint is slightly ‘rubbed’ here and there. The locks & key function. The wooden panels to the back, sides, and bottom demonstrate the old age of the piece. The original holes for mounting have been covered up with a textile plaster (which looks very old in itself).

Item cost: 975 €

Shipment costs & info:  

This item will be shipped via

Delivery in Belgium: 12,00 €

Delivery neighbouring country or UK: 42,00 €

Delivery other EU countries: 80,00

Delivery rest of Europe/USA /Med. basin: 100,00 €

Delivery rest of world (most): 200,00 €

You may also pick up the item yourself (in Genval, Belgium) if convenient for you.