|Lacquer in Southeast Asia comes from the resin of a native tree that grows wild in the
dry forests of the north. Lacquer is typically applied to wood or over a wicker structure.
The process is time-consuming. The form is first made using splints of bamboo. The
resin is applied in a number of layers, each of which must dry completely before the
next coat is applied. The entire process can take up to six months.
The resin has various admixtures at different stages. The first layer is often mixed with
finely ground clay, while the last and finest layers are mixed with ash. The red finish
shown here is derived from ground cinnabar.
The lacquer items shown to the left are ornamental bowls with lids. Because lacquer
is water and mildew resistant, it traditionally was used to create functional containers
for holding food or storing grains. As artifacts transplanted to our country, these boxes
make beautiful boxes for cherished keepsakes or simply for display.
RH20. Red Lacquer Offering Receptacle. Heights range 16”-17" tall. Designs vary.
|Black lacquerware is also popular and is often seen with egg shell or
mother-or-pearl inlay or with gold-leaf detail.
New-Shipment Lacquerware. A new container has recently arrived with a wide
variety of sizes and styles of lacquerware, including "lunch boxes" -- stacked
containers with matching plates, sometimes topped with a bowl. It's like a Thai
picnic basket, but oh so beautiful. Scroll down to view the full display.
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