Lacquerware

Lacquer

The grace of nature and incredible works of craftsmanship often need to be conserved. Not keeping decorative items in good shape, by applying a lacquer finish, would simply be a waste of effort by artisans, money from our customers and dramatically decrease lifespan. And sometimes it’s the ultimate finish, required to reach heavenly results.

The raw material of the lacquer is resin from Thitsi trees. These trees must be at least 10 years old before cutting to bleed the resin. It sets by a process called ‘aqua polymerization’, absorbing oxygen to set; placing in a humid environment allows it to absorb more oxygen from the evaporation of the water. Raw Lacquer can be ‘coloured’ by the addition of small amounts of iron oxides, giving a red or black tint, depending on the oxide. Additionally, pigments can be added to make other colours.

Lacquer is applied to seal and protect the object and then decoration like Mother of Pearl or Eggshell is added. Generally, three coats (undercoat, middle-coat, and final coat) are used. Sometimes lacquer is carved. The term ‘lacquerware’ covers a variety of techniques used to decorate wood, metal or other surfaces.

The art of lacquer ornamentation has been practiced for several millennia. It’s said to have originated in China around the second half of the second millennium BC, when it was first used for writing on bamboo slips. During the Shang Dynasty (circa 1600 to 1046 BC) sophisticated techniques in the lacquer process were first developed. Through the ages that followed, the craft of lacquering and creating lacquerware evolved into an art of the highest standard thinkable.

Lacquer was applied to various decorative items, utensils and even architecture. By the 15th century lacquerware, decorated and enriched with silver and gold inlays, had
assumed a royal status in the Chinese Imperial household. The people
followed suit. Lacquerwork became a fashion and conquered large parts of the globe.

 

S2474

Swatch, lacquerware M76415-75821-4C

 

S2471

Swatch, lacquerware S41

 

S2472

Swatch, lacquerware M76414-75820-2C

 

S2473

Swatch, lacquerware M76401-4625C

 

S2466

Swatch, lacquerware blue 5483C 75971

 

S2469

Swatch, lacquerware dark red M76393 1955C

 

S2463

Swatch, lacquerware red 696C 75980

 

S2464

Swatch, lacquerware grey 7544C 75981

 

S2459

Swatch, lacquerware green 5777C 75975

 

S2460

Swatch, lacquerware pink 685C 75976

 

S2462

Swatch, lacquerware pink 694C 75978

 

S2456

Swatch, lacquerware green 5555C 75972

 

S2457

Swatch, lacquerware green 576C 75973

 

S2458

Swatch, lacquerware green 577C 75974

 

S2452

Swatch, lacquerware red 202C 75966

 

S2453

Swatch, lacquerware green 456C 75967

 

S2454

Swatch, lacquerware pink 486C 75969

 

S2455

Swatch, lacquerware pink 4995C 75970

 

S2448

Swatch, lacquerware dark blue 295C 75962

 

S2449

Swatch, lacquerware blue 320C 75963

 

S2450

Swatch, lacquerware light green 346C 75964

 

S2451

Swatch, lacquerware red 193C 75965

 

S2440

Swatch, lacquerware orange 173C 75952

 

S2446

Swatch, lacquerware red 194C 75960

 

S2254

Swatch, lacquerware DKTC2606

 

S2255

Swatch, lacquerware DKTC2706

 

S2249

Swatch, lacquerware DKTC0106

 

S2244

Swatch, black lacquer, MOP, eggshell – DKTC0409

 

S2234

Swatch, lacquerware 405C 75816, DKTC1709

 

S2229

Swatch, lacquerware DKTC1309

 

S2230

Swatch, lacquerware DKTC1409

 

S2221

Swatch, black lacquer, MOP pink pattern – DKTC0606

 

S2218

Swatch, lacquerware colour 75958, 75957 – eggshell DKTC1306 – pink MOP

 

S2215

Swatch, lacquerware white DKTC0206 – silver leaf champagne DKTC2206 – MOP brown pattern

 

S2213

Swatch, lacquerware white DKTC0206 – eggshell – silver leaf champagne DKTC2206 – MOP brown pattern

 

S2214

Swatch, silver leaf S26, S36 – MOP brown pattern

 

S2211

Swatch, lacquerware white DKTC0206 – MOP blue pattern

 

S2212

Swatch, lacquerware white DKTC0206 – MOP pink pattern

 

S2174

Swatch, lacquerware 75971, eggshell DKTC1306, MOP blue birds pattern

 

S2163

Swatch, lacquerware 75972 – eggshell DKTC3306 from light to dark – MOP pink pattern

 

S2142

Swatch, lacquerware – MOP rose pattern

 

S2140

Swatch, lacquerware – MOP rose pattern

 

S2125

Swatch, lacquerware white – MOP brown pattern

 

S2128

Swatch, white lacquer – MOP blue pattern

 

S2119

Swatch, lacquerware white and black – silver leaf red S02

 

S2118

Swatch, black lacquer – MOP cracked brown pattern

 

S2114

Swatch, black lacquer DKTC0306-eggshell DKTC1506,DKTC3006-silverleaf S2018-MOP brown S2075 patte

 

S2106

Swatch, lacquerware white – MOP pattern

 

S2107

Swatch, silver leaf S16 – eggshell – MOP pattern

 

S2100

Swatch, black lacquer – MOP fish pattern

 

S2089

Swatch, black lacquer – MOP brown pattern

 

S2090

Swatch, lacquerware white, 287c, 2945c, violet c – MOP blue pattern

 

S2086

Swatch, lacquerware white-silverleaf S2019,S2021-eggshell from light to dark-MOP blue flower pattern

 

S2081

Swacth, black lacquer DKTC1509 – eggshell dark and light pattern

 

S2080

Swatch, black lacquer – MOP – eggshell dark and light pattern

 

S2077

Swatch, brown lacquer DKTC75821 – MOP pattern

 

S2071

Swatch, black lacquer – MOP round DKTC1509

 

S2066

Swatch, white lacquer – eggshell – MOP

 

S2063

Swatch, lacquerware pattern

 

S2059

Swatch, black lacquer – eggshell design

 

S2054

Swatch, lacquerware – silver leaf – MOP pattern

 

S2040

Swatch, lacquerware – silver leaf – MOP

 

S2036

Swatch, lacquerware white DKTC0206

 

S2030

Swatch, lacquerware 7501C

 

S2031

Swatch, lacquerware 7504C

 

S2024

Swatch, lacquerware 75725 9C

 

S2025

Swatch, lacquerware 75726 7C

 

S2001

Swatch, lacquerware off-black yellow base 2C