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Egg Shell Lacquer
A lacquer ground inlaid with eggshell, somewhat resembling a micro-mosaic, is a decorative treatment, which originated in China and came to japan via Korea. French art-deco designers, notably Jean Dunand and Jean-Michel Frank, used the finish to created intricate designs on metal and ceramic objects, as well as furniture. The Isabel O'Neil artisan prepares a ground simulating lacquer, arranges the pieces of eggshell in a design and varnishes and polishes the surface to perfection.

European Lacquer
When the European demand for lacquer exceeded the Asian supply, the Western world endeavored to pro cue its own facsimile. The results were never convincing, but they achieved a unique beauty. European lacquer exhibits a modulation of color that does not exit in the flawless uniformity of fine Asian Lacquer

The Isabel O'Neil artist uses a series of translucent glazes over an opaque background to create subtle variations in hue and texture. The painted surface has the depth and richness that is associated with a lacquered surface.

Faux Ivory
As a decorative element, faux ivory is often combined with other finishes simulating rare minerals, exotic woods and precious metals to create objets d'art and furniture of sophisticated style. The artisan creatures the ivory finish using oil media to simulate color variations and fine cracks which are the effects of aging in the actual material.

Negoro Nuri
Developed by fourteenth-century priests in the Negoro-dera monastery, this lacquer was utilized as a finish on serving vessels. It is referred to as Nefgoro nurd ( Negoro wars). The objects were fist lacquered in black and then in red. AS the red lacquer wore, the black lacquer beneath was revealed. japanese aesthetic appreciation for the effects of were and use, and the strong visual appeal of these vessels make them highly prized. The Isabel O'Neil craftsman simulates the lacquer using techniques of oil glazing, distressing, varnishing and polishing

A variant of this technique, substitutes a golden yellow lacquer for the red one.

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