Known as “Urushi” in Japan and “Qi” in China, this lacquer is the sap of the Rhus Vernicifera tree that grows in the Far East. The lacquer is impermeable and resistant to the most corrosive acids.The earliest testimonies to it that we have date from some 5000 years BC.
This substance was at first used as a protective coating but later became an art form “the art of a substance and of a craft,” as Bernard Dunand wrote.
Natural lacquer is a living, capricious and mysterious material. Before it will offer up its secrets and reveal its beauty, it demands patience and understanding of the artist.
“A work of art in lacquer can never be made with any other material without being degraded” (Bernard Dunand).
This satined gloss and profundity of the polished surfaces seduces the beholder and lends the work serenity and poetry.
Its beauty is also sensual, wishing to be appreciated not only by the eyes, but calling also to be touched, inviting that caress of the hand that makes our senses vibrate ...
Made by hand from start to finish, each lacquer creation is a unique piece.