Chinese Furniture ~ Black Lacquer Mother of Pearl Classics Ornately Decorated with Gold Leaf

Asia Dragon brings the timeless style and luxury of the Orient direct to your home. Authentic Chinese furniture, ornately decorated with gold leaf designs and intricate mother of pearl inlays depicting the life and times of the bygone ancient dynasties of China. Our amazing furniture pieces have been created especially to add a touch of the exotic to your home. THIS COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE FOR USA CUSTOMERS - CONTACT US FOR DELIVERY QUOTATION.

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Chinese Black Lacquer Chest
Chinese chest in black lacquer with three drawers and mother of pearl designs featuring ladies in..
£428.00
Chinese Lacquer Bench
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer bench with gold cushion. Width 125cm - 50in. Depth 47..
£384.00
Chinese Lacquer Bow Cabinet
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer display cabinet with 2 doors and 1 drawer. Width 50cm -..
£228.00
Chinese Lacquer Bureau
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer bureau 4 drawers. Width 60cm - 24in. Depth 30cm - 12i..
£328.00
Chinese Lacquer Cabinet
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer display cabinet with 2 doors and 1 drawer. Width 60cm -..
£258.00
Chinese Lacquer Chest
Chinese black lacquer chest of three drawers - side table - with mother of pearl inlay. Width..
£228.00
Chinese Lacquer Jewellery Armoire
Black lacquer mother of pearl jewellery armoire chest with Chinese ladies design and gold leaf de..
£284.00
Chinese Lacquer Ottoman
Black lacquer mother of pearl ottoman with padded seat and lockable storage space. Decorated with..
£328.00
Chinese Lacquer Plant Stand
Black lacquer mother of pearl and gold leaf plant stand with safety glass top. Width 29cm - ..
£128.00
Chinese Lacquer TV Cabinet
Black lacquer mother of pearl TV cabinet/stand with one door cupboard. Width 59cm - 29.5in. ..
£294.00
Chinese Table Lamp (Single)
40cm wooden lamp base with mother of pearl design and square white coloured shade. PRICE FOR..
£108.00
Chinese Table Lamp - Single
40cm Chinese black lacquer table lamp with mother of pearl designs featuring ladies in palace gar..
£108.00
Chinese Wall Hanging
Set of four panels with black lacquer background and mother of pearl decoration featuring eight l..
£128.00
Lacquer 'A' Line Cabinet
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer display cabinet with 2 doors and 2 drawers. Width 80cm ..
£328.00
Lacquer Chest of Drawers
Black lacquer mother of pearl chest of 4 drawers. Width 65cm - 26in. Depth 37cm - 15in. ..
£288.00
Lacquer Coffee Table
Chinese gold leaf and mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer coffee table with safety glass top. Th..
£358.00
Lacquer Coffee Table and Stools
Mother of pearl inlaid oval coffee table with glass top and 6 stools. Width 120cm - 48in. ..
£628.00
Lacquer Coffee Table and Stools
Mother of pearl inlaid round coffee table with glass top and four stools. Width 75cm - 30in...
£474.00
Lacquer Curved Cabinet
Black lacquer mother of pearl blossom cabinet with 2 doors. Width 80cm - 32in. Depth 32cm ..
£328.00
Lacquer Demi Cabinet
Black lacquer mother of pearl half moon cabinet with drawers. Width 81cm - 32in. Depth 40c..
£358.00
Lacquer Desk & Chair
Chinese black lacquer desk and chair with mother of pearl inlay. Desk: Width 120cm - 48in...
£628.00
Lacquer Display Cabinet
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer display cabinet with glazed doors and internal lighting. ..
£598.00
Lacquer Display Cabinet
Black lacquer mother of pearl display cabinet with mirror. Width 60cm - 24in. Depth 40cm -..
£458.00
Lacquer Dressing Table
Chinese black lacquer dressing table with stool and mirror featuring mother of pearl inlay. Three..
£428.00
Lacquer Jewellery Box
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer jewellery box with 2 doors and lift-up lid. Width 35cm ..
£118.00
Lacquer Lamp Table
Black lacquer mother of pearl square lamp table. Width 55cm - 22in. Depth 55cm - 22in. H..
£184.00
Lacquer Mirror
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer mirror. Width 60cm - 24in. Height 90cm - 36in. &nbs..
£118.00
Lacquer Mirror
Large mother of pearl mirror with Chinese ladies design. Width 90cm - 36in. Height 120cm -..
£178.00
Lacquer Octagonal Chest
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer octagonal chest with 8 drawers. Width 32cm - 13in. De..
£348.00
Lacquer Plant Stand
Round Chinese plant pot stand highly decorated with hand carved mother of pearl lady figurines an..
£128.00
Lacquer Portrait Mirror
Black lacquer mother of pearl mirror. Width 60cm - 24in. Height 90cm - 36in. ..
£118.00
Lacquer Screen
Mother of pearl inlaid 4 part black lacquer screen. Width 180cm - 72in. Height 180cm - 72i..
£328.00
Lacquer Sculpted Cabinet
Black lacquer mother of pearl cabinet with drawers and 2 doors. Width 75cm - 30in. Dept..
£358.00
Lacquer Sideboard
Black lacquer mother of pearl sideboard. Width 115cm - 46in. Depth 47cm - 19in. Height 9..
£484.00
Lacquer Table Set
Mother of pearl inlaid black lacquer nest of 4 tables with glass tops. Largest table: Widt..
£258.00
Lacquer Tallboy Chest
Black lacquer mother of pearl chest of drawers. Width 50cm - 20in. Depth 40cm - 16in. He..
£358.00

How Chinese Mother of Pearl Furniture is made?

This video gives and insight into how this wonderful furniture is made and the extreme care and attention that is required to make a beautiful piece

 

Transcript of the video

Mother of pearl is often used as ornament in Chinese furniture. It is an ideal decorative material due to its iridescence and strength. The intense processes involved in mother of pearl inlay make it a highly cherished art.

Mother of pearl originates from the inside layer of oyster shells. Variation in colour and texture relate to the shells formation an contribute to its uniqueness. Tools and their preparation are an important to the quality of the final product. The fret saw which is used to cut the mother of pearl is hand sharpened by adding notches.

Complex designs are first sketched on paper. They are then glued onto the shells to be used as guides. The curvature, colour and patterns of the shell are taken into account to determine where each part of the design will be cut to minimise the arch of each piece. A hole is drilled into the shell where the fret saw is to be inserted. The design is cut as the craftsman moves the saw up and down against the shell. Each piece is then smoothed at the edges by a large grinder.

The final design is arranged by an artist onto the wood surface to be inlaid. Water based glue is used to temporarily secure the pieces so that it's outline may be precisely scribed. A small router is used to carve the traced outline. The craftsman must be careful to cut the only inside the lines to avoid a gap between the design and the wood. Each piece of the mother of pearl design is re-arranged into the carved silhouette. A hammer gently fits each piece into the wood. Light and even pressure is used to avoid cracking or breaking the pieces. Fine sawdust is used as a filler under the design to eliminate cavities created by the pearls irregularities. After all the pieces are fitted glue is spread around the edges to secure the mother of pearl. To remove glue and un-even surfaces the completed design is sanded until flush with the wood.

The mother of pearl can be etched and filled to make the design come to life. Master engravers use various techniques to achieve diverse line thickness and quality. They are then filled with ink matching the wood finish to accent the depth of the cut. A polish is applied after all details are added to seal the design.

Mother of pearl, a strong iridescent and elegant material, involves numerous steps in its production. Understanding the processes involved make us better appreciate the beauty of its art.