The Lure of Lacquer: Asia and Beyond

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017 – Wednesday 29 November 2017

  • Seminar Room 5

  • Course price £325.00 - £399.00

This course will examine the world’s most important lacquer traditions from Asia to Europe. It will help identify and distinguish between the different types of lacquer, their techniques and decorative styles, while also engaging with some conservation issues. It will also examine the part played by trade in the dissemination of lacquer both within Asia and across the world, as well as the importance of eighteenth century France in the appreciation and collecting of Japanese lacquer. This course will run alongside the Lustrous Surfaces display which opens on 15 Oct 2017.

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Portrait of Course Leader Julia Hutt

Course Leader
Julia Hutt

Julia Hutt is Curator of Japanese art in the V&A’s Asian Department, specialising in lacquerware and ivory carvings. She also teaches widely on various courses, most notably at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has published extensively on various aspects of Japanese art, particularly Japanese lacquer.

The V&A courses have exceeded my expectations. I have been absolutely delighted with them, and hope to carry on with other courses on offer. 2016/17 Short Course Student

Course overview

The V&A holds one of the largest and most important collections of lacquerware, including examples from
Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Lacquer is a generic term for a number of different materials, such as tree
sap or resinous insect secretions. In addition to its hard and glossy surface, lacquer can be made to produce
many different, and often stunning, decorative and fashionable surface effects. China, for example, is associated with deeply and intricately carved lacquer, while the quintessential Japanese lacquer technique
involves metal powders sprinkled onto lacquer.

This 8 week course has a half term on the 8 November.

£399 full price, £359 over 60s, £325 concessions
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love and enjoy thought-provoking lectures in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Short course: The Lure of Lacquer: Asia and Beyond

4 October 2017 - 29 November 2017

£325.00 - £399.00

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