The story of fabulous lacquered furniture, has its origin in Europe in, during middle of the eighteenth century , when fabrics, porcelain and lacquer invaded the markets the cities of Paris, London, Amsterdam.
Lacquer is one of the most important techniques used to create antique european furniture after the ’600: it was imported from the Far East, through the “road of silk” by merchants and Catholic missionaries.
European artisan began to imitate the oriental artisan’s skill in creating fabulous lacquered furniture: a new inspiration from China, Japan and India took place in the European markets to accomplish the requests of the more sophisticated and demanding wealthy class.
What was so charming about Cinese Lacquer was the secrecy of its composition: a proceedings created by drafting of several layers of paint, in an environment totally free of dust.
To make the proceeding dust free, the artisan were often plaed in the center of a pond, for a true spectacular and charming result: a clear, extremely smoothy surface, hard and very shiny.
The first italian lacquered pieces of furniture were very similar for shapes and techniques to the charming objects imported from East, and it was also colled “chinoiserie“, but then Italian Lacquer art developed in all its own peculiarity and own style.
Italian lacquered furniture was essentially made up of pine wood or Cirmolo, a light wood, suitable for lacquering, or walnut for the finest work: the proceeding consisted in applying several layers of glue and softly finishing them by fine sandpaper, and then decorated.
Lacquered furniture was usually a privilege of the upper classes and is often decorated with amazing works of art by the main painters.
On the other hand, for the more simple classes, were created simplier pieces of lacquered furniture, with simplier techniques and proceeding, consisting in applying several layers of glue on engravings specifically created.
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