Nagasaki lacquer ware
on metal

Allready early 17th century there was export of Japanese Export lacquer to Europe. These export lacquer was made on command of the Dutch VOC , and very often nade after European shape. Here is an export lacquer dish made after a Dutch pewter dish.
At the end of the 18th century started in the Nagasaki area the production of lacquer panels with a design based on European engravings, ordered by employee's of the Dutch VOC who were staying in Decima in Nagasaki.
The lacquer was made on a copper base, why on copper is not known, perhaps because copper was more durable than the traditional wood base for lacquer objects. On the black lacquer was the design made in gold lacquer and/or coloured mother of pearl.In the beginning they made small oval panels with portraits of famous European persons, and bigger square panels with famous views big European cities. This objects were for decorative use only.
At the end of the 18th century they started to make also made tobacco boxes from lacquer on metal, with various European and Japanese designs. These tobacco boxes you can find now also in the Tokyo in the Tobacco and Salt Museum.
Later on one sometimes can find various small lacquer objects on metal till mid 19th century, but these are more rare.
Late 18th century also started in Nagasaki the production of "utilitarian' objects, small furniture and boxes, all with mother of pearl inlay, all on wood. These were made on command for export and often after western shapes. A big collection, now in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusets USA , was bought by American sea captains in 1798 and 1801 in Nagasaki.
These early pieces can be recognised that they have few decorations in mother of pearl. Starting early 19th century the mother of pearl designs getting more elaborated and colourfull and became designs of their own often with flowers and birds in a Japanese decorative style.
In early to mid 19th century they export cabinets, tables sewing tables, and all kind of boxes. In the meiji period the quality drops down and the export of Nagasaki lacquer stops

A rare piece of furniture after an European model you can see on the page of a Nagasaki Writing Desk.
Tobacco boxes
Lacquer on metal
Nagasaki lacquer tobacco box size 13.5 x 8.5 cm
gold and black lacquer on copper
These box has belonged to Cock Blomhoff, Head of the VOC in Decima from 1817 - 1822.
On paperlabel in Dutch : "Japansch goud.. boedel Kock Blomhoff +_ 1800"
translated : Japanese gold.. inventory Kock Blomhoff
Tobacco box size 13,5 x 7,5 cm
Nagasaki Lacquer on metal
Around 1800
This box has an European subject : Venus with Amor in mother of pearl.
After a French 18th century etching.
Lacquer on metal Tobacco box
Nagasaki around 1800
Size 13,5 x 8,3 x 2,5 cm
Nagasaki lacquer on metal Tobacco Box
size 13,2 x 7 x 2,2 cm
around 1830
Nagasaki lacquer tobacco box
size 15 x 9 x 3 cm

Lacquer on metal with rounded lid
around 1830
Small Box, Nagasaki lacquer on metal
size 7,5 x 4,8 x 1,3 cm
around 1830
Pencil Box Nagaski Lacquer on metal
Size 13,9 x 3,8 x 1,7 cm
around 1850
Small Box, Nagasaki lacquer on metal
size 7,5 x 4,5 x 1,5 cm
around 1850
The Japanese experimented with putting cloisonne on porcelain,
as you can see on my page on cloisonne.
In Nagasaki they experimented at the same time, around 1875,
with putting lacquer with mother of pearl design on porcelain.
These lacquer pieces are still more rare than the cloisonne pieces.

Vase, porcelain with lacquer and with mother of pearl inlay
Meiji period, around 1880
Height = 55 cm
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