Ormolu mounted japanned lacquer display cabinet by Rosel

By Rosel (Belgian, 1874 to early 20th Century)


This beautiful Belgian cabinet is adorned with finely wrought ormolu mounts and lacquered panels painted with scenes executed in a distinctly Japanese manner.


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This fine cabinet is by the Brussels based furniture makers Rosel. Charles Rosel founded his eponymous firm in 1874, and the firm continued to produce pieces in the Japonisme and Chinoiserie styles into the early twentieth century. During that period, Rosel received many awards at World Fairs and international exhibitions, such as at Chicago in 1893 and Rio de Janeiro in 1922.

The cabinet is crafted from veneered wood adorned with ormolu mounts and lacquered (or japanned) panels. The lower section of the cabinet features a large cabinet door fronted with a large ormolu framed lacquer panel designed in a distinctly Japanese style. The edges of the cabinet feature further ormolu friezes and mounts, and the piece is raised above a shaped apron on cabriole legs.

The upper part of the cabinet features a large frieze drawer below a section featuring two further drawers, two flanking hinged cabinet doors, and three satin upholstery lined cubbyholes. This upper section is further adorned with lacquer panels and fine ormolu mounts. The cabinet is topped by a shaped crown inset with a clock, affixed with twin two-branch scrolling lights, and surmounted with a red onyx plateau.

The clock dial is signed ‘Rosel’, an interior plaque reads ‘Rosel / Fabricant / Bruxelles’, and the back is stamped with ‘Rosel’.


Artist / Maker
By Rosel (Belgian, 1874 to early 20th Century)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Lacquer, Onyx, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Satin, Wood
Black, Brown, Gold


185 cm / 72.8 inches
94 cm / 37 inches
43 cm / 16.9 inches


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