Techniques of Chinese Lacquer: The Classic Eighteenth-Century Treatise on Asian Varnish. Filippo Bonanni.

Techniques of Chinese Lacquer: The Classic Eighteenth-Century Treatise on Asian Varnish
Translated and Introduction by Flavia Perugini

6 x 9", 71 pp., 4 pages of b/w figures, notes, paper, Los Angeles, 2009. Item #35692
ISBN: 9780892369539


Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum focusing on the conservation of the Victoria and Albert Museum's Mazarin Chest, from March 3 to May 24, 2009, this is the first English translation of Jesuit Filippo Bonanni's eighteenth-century treatise, considered the most important and comprehensive early study of Chinese lacquer in Europe.

Bonanni relates various authors' attempts to understand and analyze the composition of the newly imported Chinese lacquer. He lists a variety of recipes of the time as well as their effectiveness--including various European recipes developed as an affordable alternative to the Chinese import--and offers what he considers the most reliable recipe, as well as his own appraisal of the best uses and applications of the lacquer. An invaluable primary source for scholars and conservators.

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