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date: 18 August 2019


  • Gordon Campbell


Flemish centre of japanning. The watering-town of Spa, near Liège in Flanders (now Belgium), was an important japanning centre from the late 17th century. Lacquered articles made there, especially a characteristic lacquered walking stick or bourdon, were renowned and avidly collected by visitors. The products collectively known as bois de Spa ranged from large pieces of furniture to snuff-boxes....

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