• Combining
  • Craft & Artistry
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  • In the elder days of Art,
  • Builders wrought with greatest care
  • Each minute and unseen part;
  • For the Gods are everywhere.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Lacquer Studios was established in 1995 by Pedro da Costa Felgueiras.

The studios specialise in Oriental and European lacquer as well as historic paint techniques. Pedro built his reputation restoring objects for museums and private clients.

More recently, he has turned his attention to creating bespoke pieces, using the materials and methods that are part of the centuries-old traditions of paint craftsmen. He has researched widely in workshop manuals and treatises from the past, collected rare old pigments, and revived lost methods of paint application and lacquer.

Well-known in the trade for his attention to detail and ethos, Pedro is seen by many as a custodian of old techniques.

With this wealth of knowledge and painstaking dedication, he now uses the labour-intensive techniques of the past to produce modern pieces of singular beauty and integrity. These pieces are of the highest quality, and have been described as 'intimate and unique - a truly inspiring combination of craft and artistry.' and are seen not only as pieces of furniture but collectable works of art.

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  • Japanning
  • Nowadays people use the word lacquer for anything shiny, but the real thing is incredibly beautiful and deep, with a soft velvety finish.
  • Urushi
  • Urushi is the term generally used to describe asian lacquer but is in fact the sap extracted from the various species of the Rhus and Melanorrea trees. There is evidence that this technique was being used in China since neolithic times, and the earliest source for its use in Japan dates from the Jomon period.
  • Historic paint
  • Contrary to most people's perception of old historic colours far from being drab, they are in fact very vibrant and intense when first mixed and applied, such as blue verditer, described in contemporary sources as 'electrical blue'. Historic paints have a depth and texture not found on modern paints.
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A Studio with a passion

for Old Traditional Materials

and Techniques.