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Japan, Paris, France

These pieces are a combination of Japanese and French craftsmanship. The lacquer jars, covers and plates were made in the late seventeenth century in Japan, probably for export to the European market. Around 80-100 years later, they had elaborate gilt-bronze handles in the form of serpents and openwork rims affixed to them, which transformed them into pot-pourri vases, and animal paw feet were added to transform the plates into stands. Marchands-merciers, who were designers and sellers of fashionable luxury goods in Paris in the second half of the eighteenth century, often commissioned these types of works, mounting in gilt bronze lacquer or porcelain elements they had acq...

1675-1699 {jars and plates}, 1770s-1780s {mounts}
Japanese makie lacquer over turned wood ground, japanese lacquer laid on gilt-bronze base, gilt bronze
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