Urushi Laquer Tray Set

Current High Bid: $60

Item Value: $80

  • Item Number: 35

  • Minimum Bid: $40

  • Minimum Bid Increment: $5

  • Auction Donor: private donor


This set of three nested urushi lacquerware trays was handmade. Urushi lacquer is applied with a brush to an object already formed. As the urushi lacquer hardens, it absorbs moisture from the air, making the lacquerware perpetually shiny and slick. It also makes it very durable and able to withstand erosion from water, acids, alkalies, alcohol, and changes in temperature. The creation of one piece of urushi art is very time-consuming. The careful application of many layers and the drying times between them, not to mention the ornamentation can take months.

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