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Model of a junk second half of eighteenth century

Black and gold lacquer on wood | 38.5 x 52.5 x 14.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 26011

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Like many wares destined for Europe, this model combines Chinese and Japanese elements. The shape is based on a Chinese boat called a junk, but the decoration is Japanese gold lacquer, including chrysanthemums and dragons. The model is a table caster, fitted with a clockwork mechanism for the attractive (and mobile) display of condiments at meals.