Old Chinese hand-carved cinnabar lacquer dish with 5-claw Imperial Dragon pattern flying through the clouds chasing a pearl of wisdom. Includes support in wood.
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Approximate diameter od dish: 30.5cm - 12". Height with stand: 36cm - 14.17 "
Material: Cinnabar lacquer. In the close-up pictures you can perfectly appreciate the cuts of the carving on the numerous layers of lacquer.
Region of origin: Beijing, China
Previous origin owner: USA Collector, which in turn had acquired an antique dealer from Dallas (Texas) who indicated that it had been imported in the 70s directly from the only Beijing Lacquer Factory.
Antiquity: second half of the 20th century
Conservation: Good, the golden edges seem worn, but the lacquer is in very good condition.
★When the Qing Dynasty ended its period many lacquer factories disappeared, there were no lacquer carvers. At the beginning of 1900, a factory in Beijing was saved and with the Republic the government organized the heirs of that factory to restore the only factory of carved lacquer products in Beijing.
The carved lacquer requires a complicated manufacturing process, starting with a body made of brass or wood. After preparation and polishing, is coated with several dozen layers of lacquer to a total thickness of 5 to 18 mm. The recorders should wait for the lacquer does not crack dry. Then, the hardened lacquer is cut, and started creating "carved paintings" of landscapes, human figures, flowers and birds ... then end up dry and polish. Usually, it takes 6-8 months to complete a piece of carved lacquer.
The ancient craft of carved lacquer originated in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Song (960-1279) Dynasty saw the rapid development of technology. It was during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) that carved lacquer ware was introduced in Beijing, when the city was designated capital of the country attracted many craftsmen. In the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the factory Orchid, imperial lacquer workshop was created to meet the growing demand for the royal court. lacquer skilled workers from around the country gathered at the factory to compete and cooperate with each other, unique features were developed in the ceramic carved lacquer. Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) had its own imperial workshop specializing in the manufacture of carved lacquer works. The industry reached its peak during the reign of Qianlong, since the emperor was an enthusiast, who had his coffin decorated with carved lacquer. However, the industry declined in the Qing Dynasty entering the final period.
With solemn designs, calm colors and exquisitely engraved decorations, lacquer perfectly integrates the fine characteristics of lacquer and exquisite engraving ancient craft. It is endowed with supreme artistic values and is an oriental art treasure and the first exclusively owned by China.
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* The accesories and atrezzo of pictures is not included in the price.
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