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Exquisite examples of Japanese, Chinese and Indian lacquer


Dish with Stuart royal arms early eighteenth century

RCIN 3281

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This dish was commissioned either through the Dutch East India Company (VOC) or, more likely, from staff carrying on private trade. By the eighteenth century the VOC had stopped importing lacquer furniture due to the high cost but private trade continued. Responding to demand, expensive items such as coffers and cabinets were replaced with objects for daily use like bowls, dishes and tea ware. This dish appears to be based on a European pewter form which was part-decorated in Japan following a design supplied for the purpose. It was left with space for arms to be added at a later date. The crowned arms on the left belongs Charles I and the one on the right to Queen Henrietta Maria.