Saturday, 7 May 2016

Oldest known Chinese Lacquer Bowl


This is the oldest earliest Chinese Lacquer Bowl discovered up to this date that I could find a usable image of. It seems allowing for oxidation and aging that form the earliest times the Chinese had a strong preference for RED lacquer though whether the red on this is from the wood or color added to the lacquer or both I don't known. 

It is noteworthy though a preference of red lacquers in Chinese lacquerware even though both the Chinese and Japanese both used red or clear lacquer over reddish woods  and developed a broad range of techniques for polychrome lacquer.

In the heart of all lacquer ware is a concept or feeling that the lacquer should protect and display the beauty and flexibility of wood?