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(lak′ĕr) [Portuguese lacre, ult. fr Persian lâk, (tree) resin, lac]
A resin or varnish that leaves a tough coating on a surface. It may be impregnated with medication, e.g., in the treatment of diseases of the toenails or fingernails.


n a resin dissolved in a volatile solvent used to create a protective coating on the surface of an object.
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A pre-requisite for understanding Japanese lacquer is some knowledge of the extraordinary processes which contribute to its magical appearance.
Here, for instance, is a magnificent ormolu-mounted Japanese lacquer secretaire a abattant, created by the great Bernard II van Risenburgh (c.
It combines Japanese lacquer and tulipwood with an exemplary sinuous line (2m [pounds sterling]-3 [pounds sterling]) More royal provenances--English this time-crop up among the decorative arts from Harewood House, Yorkshire, offered by Christie's London on 5 December (an attic sale follows at South Kensington on 9 December).
The Japanese lacquer furniture and accessories offered by Grace Tsumugi, Mingei Arts and Simon Pilling East Asian Art & Interiors are there to remind us all that Asian Art in London is also about the functional.
On 7 November, meanwhile, Christie's Paris offers a Louis XVI ormolu-mounted Japanese lacquer secretaire a abattant also by Martin Carlin, dated around 1780 (estimate 300,000 [euro]-500,000 [euro]).
Of the French furniture, perhaps the most illustrious pieces are the Louis XVI ormolu-mounted Japanese lacquer commode with secretaire en suite, attributed to Adam Weisweiler (estimate $5m-$7m), and the Louis XV lacquer commode attributed to the great ebeniste known as B.
From the collection of the Californian nonagenarian Elly Nordskog (who has a penchant for Japanese lacquer and a fine eye for marrying inro with netsuke of complementary subjects), comes no less than 65 inro, 60 netsuke and 30 pipecases, the latter a rather neglected field of collecting for which, until this show, there was no literature.
Antique textiles, Japanese lacquer, French royal furniture, bronzes, armour, Roman mosaics, Mughal silver--for Mr Garcia, these quickly become living things that can be combined to evoke particular moments in history.
Huge prices were found from private buyers for the likes of the grandest of Louis XVI ormolu-mounted ebony and Japanese lacquer commode a encoignures by Claude-Charles Saunier (Fig.

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