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Vintage Cinnabar Lacquer and Enamel Vase
Vintage Cinnabar Lacquer and Enamel Vase
Vintage Cinnabar Lacquer and Enamel Vase
Vintage Cinnabar Lacquer and Enamel Vase
Vintage Cinnabar Lacquer and Enamel Vase

Vintage Cinnabar Lacquer and Enamel Vase

Regular price $125.00 Sale

Vintage Cinnabar Lacquer and Enamel Vase Handcarved with Floral Motif Cartouche. Measures 7" High with a 4” diameter at the widest point. The Vase features a floral design and has a vibrant blue enamel interior, in excellent condition.

Carved lacquer is a distinctive Chinese form of decorated lacquerware. While lacquer has been used in China for at least 3,000 years, the technique of carving into very thick coatings of it appears to have been developed in the 12th century CE. It is extremely time consuming to produce, and has always been a luxury product, essentially made in China.

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DIMENSIONS: 4”W x 4"D x 7"H

MATERIALS: Lacquer, Paint, Wood

CONDITION: Vintage Unaltered with Minor Imperfections

ORIGIN: China, 20th Century, estimated 1960

FACTS & HISTORY:

You may have heard this term but what exactly is Cinnabar? The word Cinnabar comes from the ancient Greek. Cinnabar, refers to the color of the pigment made from oxidized mercury found in nature.

The pigment is added to lacquer which is the resin or sap of a tree found throughout southern China. It is an amazing material that hardens when exposed to oxygen and becomes a natural plastic that is resistant to water and can withstand heat and certain acids. The lacquer is then applied in many layers over wood or metal and hand carved in intricate designs.  

Carved lacquer is a distinctive Chinese form of decorated lacquerware. While lacquer has been used in China for at least 3,000 years, the technique of carving into very thick coatings of it appears to have been developed in the 12th century CE. It is extremely time consuming to produce, and has always been a luxury product, essentially made in China.