Image from page 495 of “Examples of household taste” (1875) – Philadelphia Picture

Identifier: examplesofhouseh00smit
Title: Examples of household taste
Year: 1875 (1870s)
Authors: Smith, Walter, 1836-1886 Smith, Walter, 1836-1886. Industrial art of the International Exhibition
Subjects: Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.) Decorative arts
Publisher: New York, R. Worthington
Contributing Library: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library

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Glass Hanging Lamp : Egyptian Court. Gold Filigree Card-Case: C. Salvo &• Son, Genoa. On page 482 we engrave a group of objects from the India collection inthe British section of the Exhibition, illustrative of certain of the industrialarts obtaining in that country. Here are hats and baskets of cane and straw,specimens of ivory, and objects in lacquered wood. The method of lacquering,as described by Mr. Watson, the Director of the India Museum, is as follows:The object to be lacquered is turned from hard wood, usually shisham. Afterbeing smoothed and cleaned, it is again fixed in the turners frame (a kind oflathe worked by hand), and made to rotate. The sticks of lacquer color, con-sisting of a mixture of lac, resin, coloring matter, and, it is said, a certainproportion of sulphur and bees-wax, are then applied to the rotating object; 480 THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1876.

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the heat produced by friction is sufficient to soften the lacquer composition,which attaches itself to the wood, producing, however, a dull and streakyappearance. When sufficient color has been applied, the surface of the articleis skillfully rubbed with a piece of bamboo having a fine edge, by which thecolor is evenly distributed, and a polish produced, which is finally completed INDUSTRIAL ART. 481

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