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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


A Red Luster Day

[Photograph by Fernando Bengoechea from Exotic Style.]

Red Luster: Lacquer and Leatherworks of Asia, an exhibition opening next week at Newark Museum, prompted me to share this Fernando Bengoechea photograph from Sara Bliss' book, Exotic Style. 

The show distinguishes itself from other lacquer exhibitions through an in-depth look at the historic creation of red lacquer wares (and faux versions) in very different cultural regions of Asia from the Near to Far East.

Some stunning examples:

Pillow-Shaped Sweetmeats Box
with the Eight Immortals,
Old Man of Longevity and Antiquities
China, Qianlong Reign (1736-1795)
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Three-color carved lacquer, wood

Storage Chest (gam) with Auspicious Symbols
Tibet, 15th-16th century
Leather, colors, varnish with incised gold and iron fittings

Writing Brush with
Literati Scenes
China, Qianlong Reign (1736-1795)
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Wood, carved lacquer, rabbit fur

Covered Box with Genre Scenes
Kashmir, India or Iran (Persia)
mid-to-late 19th or early 20th century
Papier-mâché, colors, dor

Images two through five are via Newark Museum. Red Luster: Lacquer and Leatherworks of Asia debuts September 15


Emile de Bruijn said...

Interesting to see Chinese lacquer in the context of other East and South East Asian products.

Cote de Texas said...

that red chest is stunning!!!!!! just gorgeous.

Style Court said...

I want that box :)