Chinese lacquers feature historical figures, scholars, flower motifs and a variety of auspicious symbols. A round red Yuan-dynasty tray, for example, is elaborately decorated with peacocks flying through peony blossoms, an emblem of wealth and nobility. On another tray, a little boy depicted in mother-of-pearl inlay emerges from a lotus blossom, symbolizing the wish for many sons.
Get to know the rich history of this artistic tradition through a selection of compelling and distinctive pieces.
Love lacquer? Be sure to check out our presentation of Japanese lacquerware and our upcoming exhibition Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea, opening in April.
Read even more in our 2008 publication The Conservation of Asian Lacquer: Case Studies at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Download...