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Eggshell mosaic centerpiece, "Tunnel End"

A refined decorative dish from the imagination of Daeng Thanunchai. Dark borders... more

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A refined decorative dish from the imagination of Daeng Thanunchai. Dark borders tinged with green rotate with lacquered beauty, focusing attention upon the eggshell mosaic at the bottom. Lends a spectacular sense of Thai artistry to any décor. For decorative purposes only.

To complete this piece, coiled bamboo basketry is carved into the desired shape on a lathe. A mixture of lacquer - obtained from the Gluta usitata tree - and ashes of burnt rice paddy husks is then applied to the object. Upon exposure to air the mixture dries to form a watertight seal that is polished before another coat is applied. This process is repeated until a rigid base is formed, and a final polishing is executed with sandpaper. Then several coats of pure lacquer are painted on the object, with drying periods in between each coat.

Next, chicken or duck eggshells are thoroughly cleaned and spread out on paper towels to dry. Once dry, they are cracked into small pieces and arranged in a mosaic pattern. Then lacquer is once again applied to the piece and the shells are placed onto this fresh coat. The work is then lacquered twice, and once the lacquer is dry it is sanded in water until the eggshells slowly appear. The piece is finally washed with water and polished with powdered fired clay, resulting in an alluring gleam.

  • 0.34 kgs
  • 0.7 lbs
  • 4 cm H x 25 cm Diam.
  • 1.6" H x 9.75" Diam.

  • Eggshell on lacquered bamboo
  • For decorative use only
  • Do not use abrasives
  • Wipe with a damp cloth
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Made in Thailand.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Thailand
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4 Testimonials for Daeng Thanunchai

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Clare

My beautiful lacquered pot, 'Drifting in the Wind' arrived in the mail today, packed and wrapped with great care. It was like unwrapping a big grey shiny egg. A huge thankyou to the artisan who made this lovely thing and to the team of people who have helped make this all possible Clare L Hamel (New Zealand).

Amador

 
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