Beijing Carved Lacquer


Beijing carved lacquer is a technique of applying natural lacquer onto a base to a certain thickness and then carving patterns with a knife on the lacquer surface. The carved lacquer ware is characterized by their simple and rustic shapes, meticulous patterns, lustrous colors and elegant forms. It also possesses the characteristics of moisture resistance, heat resistance, acid and alkali resistance, as well as resistance to deformation and deterioration. As a treasure of traditional Chinese craftsmanship, it embodies the superb skills and ingenuity of Chinese artisans.

Originating in the Tang Dynasty, Beijing carved lacquer technique settled in Beijing after development during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties due to the city's unique political, economic and cultural background. Over hundreds of years, it merged the essence of carved lacquer technique from both northern and southern China, becoming an outstanding representative of Chinese lacquer coating. In 1904, the first modern private carved lacquer workshop, Jiguzhai, was established in Beijing. After 1949, descendants of Jiguzhai scattered across the nation were organized into the Beijing Carved Lacquer Production Cooperative, later transformed into the Beijing Carved Lacquer Factory in 1958, becoming the main base for inheriting and developing Beijing Carved Lacquer craftsmanship.

Beijing Carved Lacquer ware, with an elegant and dignified artistic style, features a wide variety and rich themes, integrating carving, painting and craftsmanship. It plays an irreplaceable role in enhancing people's aesthetic taste and beautifying life in modern society. Beijing carved lacquer craftsmanship embodies the longstanding tradition of Chinese lacquer art and is an indispensable part of the study of traditional Chinese crafts art.