Saucer dish with gold lacquer repairOn display
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Saucer dish with gold lacquer repair
Date17th century (1601 - 1700)
Material and technique
Dimensions14.4 cm (diameter)
2.1 cm (height)
No. of items
Museum locationLower ground floor | Gallery 4 | Conservation
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Glossary of terms
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.
Impey, Oliver, The Early Porcelain Kilns of Japan: Arita in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century, Oxford Oriental Monographs (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), pp. xii & 105, pl. 46c (colour)