Jul 10th, 2013 | | History | No Comments

The Painter-Stainers Company and the House-Painter

Cambodian Lacquered Saddle

A saddle from the Yi ethnic minority province in Yunnan province, China.
Saddle has a leather base with lacquer overlay. Saddle bow to left hand side

The earliest surviving ordinances of the Painters’ Company date from 1283 and show the existence of an organized body. At this time the main occupation of the members was the painting of saddle bows (the arched upper front part of a saddle), and they were originally a branch of the Saddlers’ craft.

The rest of this essay has been removed after five years. You can now read more about this in The Anatomy of Colour, published by Thames & Hudson and available from John Sandoe (Books).

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