The Beauty of Chinese Lacquer: Aesthetics and Collection of Xipi Lacquer
Presented by Fine Art Asia
In his book “Thirteen Talks on Antiquities”, Ming Dynasty artist, calligrapher and art theorist Dong Qichang (1555-1636) described Xipi (also known as rhinoceros skin lacquer) as among the best, comparable with other ancient techniques, carved cinnabar, the embossed, the incised and the inlay of mother-of pearl”. The scholars of the Ming Dynasty, represented by Dong Qichang, highly praised the beauty of Xipi lacquer, and considered Xipi at the top of the list. This appreciation reflects the taste and aesthetic preferences cherished by scholars and those interested in literature and the arts.
In recent years, traditional lacquer art has experienced a resurgence in interest, attracting collectors’ attention. People are eager to learn more about this art form and start collecting lacquer pieces. However, for many, the process of making lacquer art, especially Xipi, remains a mystery, making it challenging to discern the best pieces and justify their value.
Lacquer artist Gan Erke, a distinguished National Crafts Master of China, will personally share his knowledge with the audience in Hong Kong to illuminate the heritage of Chinese lacquer art and showcase the exceptional craftsmanship involved in creating Xipi lacquer. His expertise promises to provide valuable insights into this ancient art form and its intricate techniques.