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Chinese lac burgauté square bowl, Kangxi (1662-1722), inlaid with mother-of-pearl, decorated with a continuous scene of three ladies in a garden with a pagoda amongst rockwork and trailing willow
Lac burgauté, an Asian technique of decorating lacquer ware with inlaid designs, dates back to the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), when it was known as lo tien. It was also popular in Japan, where it is referred to as aogai. The French name commonly used today derives from burgau (sea-ear, referring to the iridescent shell nacre of the abalone traditionally used) and laque (lacquer). See: 'One Man's Taste: Treasures from the Lakeside Pavilion', The Baur Collection, Geneva (1988) p.5