The Hispanic Liverpool Community Collection

A lacquer games box with monograph DL, from World Museum Liverpool's Larrinaga collection

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Object/Item in the collections of World Museum Liverpool

Date added:

Oct 2, 2015

Date of creation:

Early 20th century?


Wood and lacquer.

Museum accession number: 1991.121.65 

Catalogue details: A rectangular lacquer games box, the cover decorated with pavilions in a mountainous landscape scene, the centre with the monogram D.L.

Additional information:
DL is probably Domingo de Larrinaga. The art of creating lacquerware dates back thousands of years, originating in China and subsequently travelling across South and South East Asia.

The Larrinaga shipping company had sailed between Liverpool and Manila, via Singapore, since the 1860s. The family had representatives in Manila and at staging points en route for many years; Their collection of decorative Asian items would probably have come through these connections.