The art of japanning revisited

In light of the appearance of design details on case goods at the Spring Market in Highpoint North Carolina I thought it might be time to revisit articles written on this ancient art.

Japanning is defined as "a type of finish, usually based on lacquer, that originated as an imitation form of Asian lacquerwork..."  We have used this form of embellishment on many of our furniture pieces, including those found in our limited edition  Aspen and Ascot collection of buffets and armoires. Produced in very limited quantities, each piece is signed by Martin and sold to the trade only.

Small armoire with japanning detail from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Small armoire with japanning detail from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

The use of this ancient art has diminshed over the years as technology and new embellishment methods have been developed.  It is truly a mark of custom furniture and one that will be enjoyed for many years to come without the risk of ever appearing trendy or out-dated.

We have written several articles over the years about the art of japanning which you can read on our blog.

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware or talk to us about a custom item for your project please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

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