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Chinese Lac Burgaute wine cup, Kangxi (1662-1722), inlaid with mother-of-pearl and decorated with a scene of phoenix flying through a garden with bamboo and peony issuing from rockwork, the stem with further inlaid decoration.
Lac burgaute, an Asian technique of decorating lacquer ware with inlaid designs, dates back to the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), when it was known as lo tien. It was also popular in Japan, where it is referred to as aogai. The French name commonly used today derives from burgau (sea-ear, referring to the iridescent shell nacre of the abalone traditionally used) and laque (lacquer).
See: 'One Man's Taste: Treasures from the Lakeside Pavilion', The Baur Collection, Geneva (1988) p.5