Book Description: "Masterworks of Chinese Lacquer from the Mike Healy Collection" presents a wide range of exceptional Chinese lacquerware representing a broad time span and multiple techniques. The lacquers range in date from the later Han dynasty (1st-2nd century ce) to the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The earliest objects illustrated are a small red lacquer "ear cup" and a covered toiletries box of red and black lacquer. Both pieces are decorated with geometric swirls and spirals reminiscent of ancient bronze designs. The collection is also rich in uniquely Yuan dynasty lacquerware, which is noted for its austere and refined appearance. Carved red and black lacquer, including multilayered carved lacquer and painted and filled lacquer are represented by stunning examples. Visually compelling and arresting in technique, these objects represent some of the finest Chinese lacquerware craftsmanship.