Sat December 3, 2022 - Sun February 26, 2023

Delightful Luxury: The Art of Chinese Lacquer

Explore highlights from the museum's superb collection of Chinese lacquer, including court accessories, scholars' objects, luxury items, and household furniture.

Known for its elegant forms and lustrous surfaces, Chinese lacquer has developed into a popular category of decorative arts with a wealth of motifs and symbols, designed to delight and decorate everyday life. This gorgeous array of objects includes treasures from the imperial court, scholars' objects, luxurious merchandise, and even household furniture, all encompassing the rich history of traditional Chinese lacquer. The diverse range of styles showcases the variety and influence that have inspired lacquer-making through today.

Image Credit: Fan, 1800-1900. China. Lacquer, colors and applique on paper. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Gift of Susan and Ian Wilson, F2000.83. Photograph © Asian Art Museum. Circular box decorated with the character for spring and a bowl of treasures, 1736-1795. China.
Explore highlights from the museum's superb collection of Chinese lacquer, including court accessories, scholars' objects, luxury items, and household furniture.

Known for its elegant forms and lustrous surfaces, Chinese lacquer has developed into a popular category of decorative arts with a wealth of motifs and symbols, designed to delight and decorate everyday life. This gorgeous array of objects includes treasures from the imperial court, scholars' objects, luxurious merchandise, and even household furniture, all encompassing the rich history of traditional Chinese lacquer. The diverse range of styles showcases the variety and influence that have inspired lacquer-making through today.

Image Credit: Fan, 1800-1900. China. Lacquer, colors and applique on paper. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Gift of Susan and Ian Wilson, F2000.83. Photograph © Asian Art Museum. Circular box decorated with the character for spring and a bowl of treasures, 1736-1795. China.
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