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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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My favourite is "Nabob" with wide-mouthed crimson flowers as shiny as Chinese lacquer.
Sam Fogg show Tibetan manuscripts (29 October-20 November); Priestly and Ferraro open 'Song Ceramics and Works of Art' on 29 October (until 6 November); Knapton Rasti Asian Art have fine jade carving and blue-and-white ceramics; and Ben Janssens Oriental Art devote their show to Chinese lacquer.
It was Chinese lacquer pieces in the main which was the height of fashion and from the '20s the company grew more progressive with the inclusion of a more contemporary European aesthetic style.
For inspiration think Chinese lacquer red; hibiscus red; poppy red; geranium red; Valentino red; chilli red; ruby red.
It flourishes the likes of a virtuoso piece of rococo cabinet-making, a Louis XV commode confected out of imported Chinese lacquer and embellished with finely chiselled gilt-bronze mounts and topped with marble (Fig.
Chinese lacquer work reached its zenith around 1680 when the Emperor K'ang Hsi established a royal factory next to the imperial palace in Peking.
The taste for the exotic and rare is shown, for example, by a magnificent pair of George I side tables made for the 1st Duke of Newcastle and attributed to James Moore that still retain their rich Chinese lacquer tops; priced at just over 1m [pounds sterling], they recently sold privately on the London market (Fig.

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