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DIA350xH200mm, China

Before the invention of the disposable paper gift boxes and wraps, there were these lacquer boxes for transporting and presenting gifts.  This particular one is for cakes and confectionery gift.  After the gift is received, the boxes will be returned to the sender.  A red packet will be placed inside the boxes as a thank you gesture to the giver, they should never be returned empty.  For bigger celebrations like wedding, the bride’s family will send out boxes of the bridal cake for friends and family as an announcement of the wedding.  The boxes will be rented out from the cake shop, though the wealthy family would have custom made the lacquer boxes for these occasion.  Nowadays the custom is replaced by a cake gift voucher … I must say I would be much happier to receive the gift from a beautiful box like one then a paper voucher, I think it will make the cake taste better and share more of the joy of the happy couple.

DIA260xH480mm, China

This lacquered water bucket is part of the bridal dowry of a Chinese wedding.  The basic dowry list for bucket section would include a foot a water bucket, a foot washing basin and a chamber pot.  The list for a well off family would go up to more than 20 items.  All these items have in common is that they are all lacquered in red and structurally formed like a barrel, segments of circular planks tightened together by a piece of metal.  The bucket artisan used to be a very popular trade, making every day use items, repairs and of course the dowry items, but as China became industrialized now there is only a handful of old artisan left.

W130xL250xH200mm, China

This duck container is made with special technique known as Bodiless Lacquering.  Bodiless Lacquering is similar to the technique of paper mache; first a clay model is build, layers of ramie cloth are placed on the model with lacquer as the adhesive.  Once dried, the positive mould is released, the shell is then smoothed with putty and polished.  This technique was developed in the Qing Dynasty in the Fuzhou province creating lacquer ware that are light and durable.

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