A Colour-Incised 'Peach Blossom and Bird' Lacquer Box
Peach blossoms in full bloom while the finch chirps. Finely feathered, the finch leaps to life. Flowers will blossom again, and life will endure.
These are elaborately painted on lacquered tires of various colours using assorted enamels and gold and silver powders, and a specialised paintbrush. The colour palette must be accurate, while the colour embellishment should be rich and natural. Available in miaoqi (lacquered decoration), miaojin (gilt outlines), soujin (gold-powdered), and pingjin (gold-leafed). Reminiscent of Chinese paintings, these products are painted with exact delineation and rich colours. They are lively yet refined, with an elegant and timeless quality. They demonstrate a perfect fusion of emotion and the natural scene. The outstanding pieces are lavishly decorated. Soujin products, on the other hand, feature distinct layers, blending subtle and bold elements. They feature a simple yet strong design that carries deep meaning. Pingjin products are even more splendidly gilt. The term ‘pingjin’ refers to the technique of applying gold leaf to lacquer. The ratio of gold to adhesive must be adjusted based on the climate. The gold glue must be applied evenly. This is a demanding technique. The temperature must be controlled. The application must be flat, firm, clean, bright and without any obvious interface. The gold must not be mixed or rubbed.
Incising and inlay
Incising and inlay are applied on top of the painted surface. After painting, patterns are outlined in thin lines using a special hooked blade. This is called ‘cutting’ or ‘incising’. The depth and thickness of the lines must be even and consistent. The gold adhesive is applied and then gold and silver powder inlaid. The lines must be solidly and cleanly filled. These products feature smooth lines and patterned brocade ground. They are colourful with an opulent appeal.
K11 Craft & Guild Foundation
Width 28cm, Height 7cm