Writing Table

ca. 1620 (made)
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On display at V&A South Kensington
Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery
Place Of Origin

Writing desk, wood covered in gold and silver lacquer, decorated with a deserted palace by the sea, Japan, ca. 1620.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wood covered in black lacquer, with gold and silver<i> takamaki-e</i> (<i>maki-e</i> in which parts of the design are raised by adding clay or charcoal) and <i>hiramaki-e</i> (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened so that it is in low relief) on <i>nashiji </i>(irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin), and <i>fundame</i> lacquer (a matt, densely sprinkled fine gold powder) with gold and silver details; silvered metal fittings.
Brief Description
Writing table, wood covered in black, gold and silver lacquer with gold and silver details, a deserted palace by the sea, Japan, ca.1620
Physical Description
Writing desk, wood covered in gold and silver lacquer, decorated with a deserted palace by the sea, Japan, ca. 1620.
Dimensions
  • Height: 9cm (Note: Measurements taken from the registers and converted from inches)
  • Length: 59.7cm
  • Width: 35cm
Style
Credit line
Given by the Misses Alexander
Object history
V&A Strange catalogue (1924) no. 91
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Collection
Accession Number
W.339-1916

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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