A Conversation of Tastes

This drop-front secretary follows a clean and simple design, and is embellished with an inlaid wooden decoration of flora, with Japanese black and gold lacquered plates with decorations of natural elements applied onto the secretary’s panels. In this story we will explore how the lacquer plates interact with the secretary’s shape and design, unlocking the complex mix of cultural and material influences which come together in this beautiful piece of furniture, creating a conversation of taste which involves the Netherlands, France, Japan, and even Ancient Rome and Greece.