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(一對明代金絲楠木髹紅黑大漆格窗) Here's a pair of exceptional Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) lacquered architectural screens, possibly form the 16th to 17thcentury. Chinese lacquer work is unique of its own with unparalleled accomplishment of its artistry and skill. Among its many styles and vast variety of work, the lacquer work shown on the pair of screens in the photos here was built with thick layers of lacquer (Da-Qi,大漆) mixed with organic color compound, with a mixture of gray color powder substance underneath (Shown in detailed photo). The red and the black color perhaps were the most popular and common colors for Chinese lacquer work since the ancient time, be it lacquered objects or later furniture pieces with lacquer applied on. The use of Chinese lacquer can be dated to the Neolithic time, before the 13th century. The lacquer, Da-Qi (Grand-Lacquer), here is produced from the resin, the thick liquid from the Qi Tree. Qi, lacquer, is pronounced the same as Qi, energy. The earliest recording of harvesting lacquer liquid (漆汁), is said to be from the book “Zhuang-Zi (莊子)” .
Besides its function as a protective, water and insect resistant, and long-lasting coating, lacquer wares and furniture or architectural woodwork with lacquer coating are best known for the rich and beautiful colors lacquer provides.
This pair of beautiful screens are made of rare species of Gin-Si-Nan-Mu wood (金絲楠木), a precious wood mostly used for the imperial palace building and for the furniture pieces used by the imperial families during Ming and early Qing Dynasty before it later became popular among the elite class and the wealthy. These screens are approximately five or six feet long.
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