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Valuation Of Chinese Lacquer Tray
In a recent probate valuation in Armstrong Road Acton, Middlesex, our probate valuers report includes a 19th century Chinese lacquer tray valued at £250 for he purposes of probate.
Chattels Valuations Throughout London
Avery Associates regularly carry out probate valuation in London, but it was during a probate valuation of chattels in Auro Way, Wallington SM6 that the Chinese lacquer tray was seen. We also carry out probate valuation of property or house contents for Inheritance Tax in London areas Vauxhall, Victoria, Walthamstow, Walworth, Wandsworth and Wanstead but it was during the probate valuation of house contents in Wallington SM6 that we noted the lovely red Chinese lacquer tray.
About Chinese Lacquer Furniture
The Chinese have a long tradition of utilizing lacquer ware as both a decorative and protective surface for furniture and works of art. Chinese lacquer is a product from the sap of a tree called Rhus vernicifera – a variety of sumac. Chinese lacquer made from this tree is almost indestructible, as it repels insects, water, and does not conduct heat. Chinese lacquer adheres best to porous surfaces like softwood. Pine is one example, as the lacquer ware can penetrate the grain deeply, creating a very tight bond.
Besides being used for decoration, Chinese lacquer is also an adhesive. The lacquer the Chinese created can, when applied, minimize surface damage and make an object very durable. In recent years, archaeological finds have confirmed the use of sophisticated lacquer objects in China dating back to 772 BC and the Warring States period (481-221 BC). It was actually during the Warring States period that painted lacquer developed in China, in the southern state of Chu. Painted Chinese lacquer ware vessels, musical instruments and tomb models of animals were general found painted in black or red pigments, and often with swirl patterns.
In later years, such as in the Ming Dynasty (early in the 17th century) many exquisite objects, such as lacquer ware boxes, could be found. Beautiful colors and designs were painted on the boxes by mixing pigments with lacquer. During the 17th century, many craftsmen employed in the imperial workshops lost their positions as the government went out of control. These artisans discovered employment with the merchant and official classes, for whom they created beautiful Chinese lacquer ware works of art.
Our valuers always carry out extensive research, so by having our RICS probate valuation we will ensure that the chattels are not under or overvalued.
For a professional, compliant, probate report and to reduce risk and avoid the possibilities of Inheritance Tax Investigation call Avery Associates at our London office for an accurate RICS probate valuation.