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Lacquered bamboo centerpiece, 'Emeralds'Lacquered bamboo centerpiece, 'Emeralds'

Lacquered bamboo centerpiece, 'Emeralds'

NOVICA

$5495

Absorbing the verdant beauty of Thai fauna, this distinguished bowl evokes a fresh, yet antique ambiance. Handcrafted by Daeng Thanunchai using traditional lacquer techniques, it will exquisitely accent any tasteful setting. For decorative purposes only. To complete this piece, coiled bamboo basketry is carved into the desired shape on a lathe. A mixture of lacquer - obtained from the Gluta usitata tree - and ashes of burnt rice paddy husks is then applied to the object. Upon exposure to air the mixture dries to form a watertight seal that is polished before another coat is applied. This process is repeated until a rigid base is formed, and a final polishing is executed with sandpaper. Then several coats of pure lacquer are painted on the object, with drying periods in between each coat. The work is partially polished with sandpaper according to a predetermined pattern - generally concentric - and a few coats of different lacquer colors are applied to the surface, then the object is left to dry for a few days. The process remains identical for each ensuing color, alternating lacquering and polishing sessions until the design is achieved. The final coat is washed with water and polished with powdered fired clay, offering an irresistible sheen. Originally from China, lacquer ware has been one of the classic Burmese and Thai crafts for many centuries. Extremely sophisticated and intricately engraved objects were produced for use at monasteries and the Royal Court. But over the centuries, distinctive Thai designs and techniques evolved. It became a remarkable handicraft in the northern province of Chiang Mai, where it still remains prominent thanks to fervent preservers and innovators like Daeng Thanunchai. Wash by hand with non-abrasive cleaners.