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    antique chinese export lacquer tea chest with gold decoration circa 1835

    Ref: 893TC http://hygra.com/box/893TC
    Antique Chinese export lacquer tea chest decorated with two colours of gold depicting scenes of Oriental life opening to a single compartment containing two lidded pewter tea canisters with supplementary inner lids, the whole chest standing on feet in the form of stylized bats. Circa 1835

    Oriental Lacquer is the natural sap of trees belonging to the Rhus species. It was first used in China both to protect and beautify wood. There are references to Emperor Shun(2255-2205BC) the last of the five sages advocating its use to his people. It is impossible to determine the precise date of its first application; it is part of an ancient and revered tradition interlinked with the culture of this complex ancient civilization.
    The tree, which yields the best lacquer, is the Rhus Vernicifera, which is indigenous to China. At firstthe trees grew wild but as their value was understood they werecultivated and periodically protected by law.

    Gold decorated lacquer on wood; pewter liners.
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    Price: SOLD

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