The Warring States period is a very early period of Chinese history. It started around 475BC and ends at around 247BC. This period is the 1st booming time of the Chinese lacquerware design and production due to changes of people’s sense of aesthetics and improvements of the lacquerware making skills.
Lacquerwares are are objects decoratively covered with lacquer. These objects include table wares, artworks, etc. Lacquer is collected from the lacquer trees and is originally white color. The lacquerware makers mix the lacquer with different colors and then apply it onto the wooden cups, dishes, etc.
Wooden cup coated with lacquer
During the Warring States period the lacquerwares have a very certain style: red color on the inside and black color on the outside. On the outside of the lacquerware, red patterns are often applied on the black background. These are often circular patterns and cloud patterns. On higher ends lacquerwares, gold foil is also used. Most of the graphic coating design is symmetrical.
Wooden duck container
Lacquerware with gold decoration
The ionic “Tiger Base Bird Support Drum”
The lacquerwares are finally replaced by potteries and chinaware due to high production cost and high demand of labor.