Chest and dish, Willem Kick, 1618

Chest and dish, Willem Kick, 1618

oak (wood), h 12cm × w 15.4cm × d 11.95cm. More details

In 1609 the Amsterdam entrepreneur Willem Kick applied for a patent for the production of ‘all manner of lacquerware, like that brought in from the East Indies.’ Because original lacquer (obtained from an Asian tree species) could not be imported, Kick developed his own method. Using this, he could imitate costly Japanese lacquerwork on both wood and metal.

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