Bantam-Work - (Decoration) Glossary of Antique Terms B

Bantam-Work - (Decoration) A form of japanning that dates from the seventeenth century; the design incised; the name derives from the Dutch trading settlement in the East Indies through which so much of Oriental lacquer passed on its way to Europe. According to Stalker & Parker. Bantam-work was almost obsolete by 1688 (the date of their Treatise on Japanning); but they were wrong and the best such work extant dates from the middle of the eighteenth century. (Also called 'Coromandel'.)


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