The materials we use are the same as those that have been used for centuries, but every craftsman’s technique differs slightly, according to his own instincts and experience. This means that each piece of lacquer we produce is truly unique.
Our lacquer is a combination of Rhus Succedanea tree sap and cashew oil and our eggshell lacquer is made with real duck eggshell. It’s how the process has always worked, how our products can be distinguished from lesser ones and it is the way we guarantee that our pieces will age beautifully for generations to come.
A base layer of black lacquer is first applied to the wood and allowed to dry. The very best lacquer can only dry properly when allowed to do so – very slowly – in a humid environment. The piece is wrapped in thin cotton gauze to prevent cracking before further layers of lacquer are applied.
Each layer dries in its own time before it is wet-sanded in fresh water with fine carbon paper until perfectly smooth. We repeat this step of the process over and over again (about fifteen layers of lacquer is usual). Finally, the color or decoration is meticulously applied.
There is no prescribed drying time, no set number of layers; regardless of the desired finish, from ultra matte to high gloss, the lacquer is applied and polished until it’s perfect.
Each piece takes a minimum of three months to create and James personally checks every single piece before it is packed and shipped. James then meets each shipment at its destination, so he knows that every client is receiving the very best lacquer, in the very best condition, available anywhere in the world.
Lacquer is a delicate material and may be scratched or marred. Clean only with a very soft, damp cloth (paper towels are too abrasive). If scratches appear, Turtle Wax or similar car wax may be gently applied to the lacquer to restore the finish.