Chinese lacquer ware has a long history. The oldest lacquer ware discovered dates back to the Warring State period (403-221 B.C.) As early as the New Stone Age, wares coated with black and red lacquer appeared in China. From the Shang to the Han dynasties, colorful painting, gold inlaying and other techniques were introduced to lacquer ware.
Chinese lacquer is a natural varnish made from the sap of the lacquer tree. Exposed to air, it forms a plastic coat, resistant to water, acid or alkaline corrosion. To make lacquer ware, a base coat is applied to a core material, followed by extremely thin layers of lacquer. Afterwards, it looks colorful and elegant.
The best-known lacquer ware in China is that which is produced in Fujian Province, which is characterized by its heat, acid and alkali resistant properties.