A Dutch five-piece lacquer service
Comprising: An oval tray, an oval biscuit box with tray and a circular biscuitbox with tray. Each decorated with gold leaf, oils, and a clear lacquer finish. Decoration of vineleaves applied in gleaming gold leaf adorn the gently rounded rims of the trays and covers of the boxes. Purple grapes, realistically rendered with a generous but finely nuanced brushstroke. All parts of the service are highly elaborate in their execution and display painting of a very high standard. Unfortunately, little is known about the workshop of Johannes Burgers, we do know his workshop was located in the famous Amsterdam Kalverstraat. He was granted the status of purveyor to the court in 1833. Burgers was among the leading 19th century Dutch producers of kunstlakwerken. A comparable set with the same decoration is in the Museum für Lackkunst in Munster, inv. EU-H-c-7. Provenance: Private collection, The Netherlands. Literature: R. Baarsen, "De Lelijke Tijd" Pronkstukken van Nederlandse interieurkunst 1835-1895, Amsterdam, 1995, no. 65, pp. 176-177, ill. M. Kopplin, European Lacquer, Munchen, 2010, no. 6, pp. 60-62, ill.