Oriental Lacquer Restoration & Repair

Oriental Lacquer Restoration & Repair Near Me

Oriental Lacquer Restoration & Repair

At BAFRA, we provide access to Oriental lacquer restoration and repair. Every member has been rigorously assessed and vetted. Our members are all established businesses that are fully accredited and work to the highest standards and ethics.

Antique Oriental Lacquer Restorers at BAFRA

What is Oriental lacquer?

Oriental lacquer is a traditional decorative technique originating from East Asia, particularly China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It involves the application of multiple layers of refined natural lacquer extracted from the sap of certain trees, such as the lacquer tree (Toxicodendron vernicifluum). The resulting finish is highly durable, and glossy, and can be adorned with intricate designs and decorations. Also, see Japanning.

Can antique Oriental lacquer be restored or repaired?

Oriental lacquer objects often possess intricate designs and cultural value, making them worthy candidates for restoration to preserve their beauty and historical integrity. Antique Oriental lacquer can be restored or repaired by BAFRA specialists using traditional techniques that do not affect the value of an item. Many Oriental lacquer antiques will require professional restoration due to the surface and the materials used. BAFRA-accredited members are able to protect and conserve antique Oriental lacquerware without distracting from the original detail.

What kind of antique Oriental lacquer can be restored or repaired?

Various types of antique Oriental lacquer items can be considered for restoration or repair, depending on their condition. Some common types of antique Oriental lacquer items that can be restored or repaired include antique lacquer boxes, chests, and containers adorned with intricate designs and can have practical and decorative purposes. Restoration can bring back their vibrant colours and patterns. Antique lacquered furniture pieces, such as cabinets, screens, and tables, can be restored to revive their original lustre and artistic details. Lacquered trays, plaques, and panels often feature ornate paintings or designs. Restoration can help preserve and showcase these decorative elements. Antique lacquer vases, bowls, and other vessels can be restored to bring out their elegance and craftsmanship. Lacquered figurines and sculptures can be carefully restored to highlight their intricate carving and artistic value. Various decorative items, such as fans, brush pots, and figurines, can be considered for restoration to enhance their visual appeal.

Why choose a BAFRA-accredited member for antique Oriental lacquer restoration?

The importance of having antique Oriental lacquer restored by a BAFRA-accredited qualified craftsman cannot be stressed enough. BAFRA members have in-depth knowledge based on more than 20 years of experience in antique Oriental lacquer restoration. Engaging a BAFRA-accredited member ensures that your cherished antique pieces are entrusted to skilled professionals who understand the nuances of Oriental lacquer restoration and are dedicated to preserving their beauty and historical value.

Find BAFRA-Accredited Oriental Lacquer Restoration & Repair Specialists

All accredited, full members are required to have at least five years as a conservation-restoration professional (the average member today has 23 years of experience) and pass an exacting assessment on their skills, knowledge and business credentials. Our members acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments in Oriental lacquer restoration and repair.

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Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.


Every one of our members are required to have a minimum of 5 years' professional experience, although the average is well over 20 years' experience.


Honesty and authenticity are our key principles, and we ensure that all members are fully vetted and must hold appropriate insurance. We also offer a comprehensive complaints mediation service.

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