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Cinnabar Lacquerware

Lacquerware is an ancient art that has been practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, dating back to the Neolithic age. Lacquer, a means of decorating wooden objects, was used for bowls, cabinets, tableware, tables, chairs, and more. Despite its common usage, creating lacquer is extremely time-consuming and demands great care.

Lacquerware is created from the toxic sap of the Rhus Vernicflua tree, also referred to as the Chinese lacquer tree. This sap is then applied by brush onto a wooden object in a thin layer and left to dry slowly in a warm humidified cabinet. This process is repeated at least 30 times to form a hard water-resistant coating on the wood. The lacquer is then either carved into a 3-D design, or inlaid with mother of pearl or other materials including different... Read more

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An Antique Japanese/Chinese/Asian Cinnabar Lacquer Box

March 17, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$35 (starting bid)

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Chinese Qing Cinnabar Lacquer Dragon Center Table

March 18, 2018, 7:30 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$8,000 (starting bid)

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Two Chinese Cinnabar Lacquer Rectangular Trays

March 19, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
New York, NY, USA

$500 (1 bid)

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