Distinctive and intricate, carved lacquer or Qidiao is a decorative technique that is found almost exclusively in China. It is an art form that is found on practical objects such as boxes, plates and trays, but it is also used to decorate screens and even pieces of Chinese furniture. Carved lacquerware has been treasured as art since around the 12th century and although it was largely enjoyed by royalty – the Orchard Factory famously created furniture for imperial palaces in Beijing – after a factory was established in 1949, it has been appreciated by a wider audience. A visit to the factory today allows visitors to gain an appreciation of carved lacquerware and to acquire their own piece of this unique form of art.
Update: June 10, 2021