Vintage Japanese Lacquered Trinket Box

PRESENTING A LOVELY Vintage Japanese Lacquered Trinket Box.

Made of black lacquered wood, with Japanese Chinoiserie appliques in floral patterns..

Probably made in the first quarter of the 20th Century … circa 1920-30.

Pagoda shaped with 7 drawers in total, copper handles and copper edge banding.

Black base with red, gold, silver and copper tones.

A really nice little trinket box.

Bought by a Dallas Private Collector whilst on a trip to Japan in the 1970’s.

Chinoiserie (English: /ʃɪnˈwɑːzəri/French: [ʃinwazʁi]loanword from French chinoiserie, from chinois, “Chinese”; simplified Chinese: 中国风; traditional Chinese: 中國風; pinyinZhōngguófēnglit.: ‘China style’) is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative artsgarden designarchitectureliteraturetheatre, and music.[1] The aesthetic of Chinoiserie has been expressed in different ways depending on the region. Its acknowledgement derives from the current of Orientalism, which studied Far East cultures from a historical, philological, anthropological, philosophical and religious point of view. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was popularized in the 18th century due to the rise in trade with China and East Asia.[2]

As a style, chinoiserie is related to the Rococo style.[3] Both styles are characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry, a focus on materials, and stylized nature and subject matter that focuses on leisure and pleasure. Chinoiserie focuses on subjects that were thought by colonial-era Europeans to be typical of Chinese culture.

Chinoiserie entered European art and decoration in the mid-to-late 17th century; the work of Athanasius Kircher influenced the study of orientalism. The popularity of chinoiserie peaked around the middle of the 18th century when it was associated with the rococo style and with works by François BoucherThomas Chippendale, and Jean-Baptist Pillement. It was also popularized by the influx of Chinese and Indian goods brought annually to Europe aboard EnglishDutchFrench, and Swedish East India Companies.Though chinoiserie never fully went out of fashion, it declined in Europe by the 1760s when the neoclassical style gained popularity, though remained popular in the newly formed United States through the early 19th century.[citation needed] There was a revival of popularity for chinoiserie in Europe and the United States from the mid-19th century through the 1920s, and today in elite interior design and fashion.


Vintage Japanese Lacquered Trinket Box.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: Good for it’s age and use. Signs of some minor repairs to the pagoda handles on the top and missing the copper handle on the red drawer. Otherwise very good.

Dimensions: 12″ Tall, 9.2″ Wide and 4″ Deep


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