Visitors at the Yangzhou Lacquerware Factory, with some of the factory’s wares displayed along the back wall. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Lacquerware—objects made of wood, metal, or porcelain to which layers of lacquer have been applied—first developed as an art form in China and dates from about 1600 BCE. Carved lacquer is a uniquely Chinese achievement and is considered lacquer art in its pure form.
Lacquerware refers to wares that