We are passionate about celebrating and preserving the vanishing arts of the hand. Our mastery of the forgotten arts of eggshell work, shagreen, gilding, casting, and chasing are classic techniques that we elevate to the level of absolute perfection.
We are passionate about celebrating and preserving the vanishing arts of the hand.
Our mastery of the forgotten arts of eggshell work, shagreen, gilding, casting, and chasing are classic techniques that we elevate to the level of absolute perfection.
Re-creation of a Iribe club chairHand carved with 24 carat gold gilding and python upholstery
A re-creation of an original Andre Arbus commode, clad in genuine shagreen. We fit each separate piece of shagreen to achieve flawless visual balance. Based on the selection of the individual hides, we achieve a perfect visual rhythm. Once fit, each piece is cut by hand and then glued into place.
“In 1900, the Japanese government sent a delegation of artists to the Exposition Universelle in Paris to demonstrate Japanese superiority in lacquer art.
After the Exposition closed, one artist, Seizo Sugawara, decided to remain in Paris where he set up his own workshop. In 1912, Sugawara crossed paths with Jean Dunand, an accomplished French metalsmith. Sugarwara wanted to learn about techniques for forming metal vases, and Dunand wanted to learn about decorative lacquer techniques. They decided to exchange workshop secrets.
The result was a creative explosion that combined traditional Oriental lacquer techniques with contemporary forms—translating into boldly patterned screens, tables and vases that today are collected by museums and connoisseurs of fine art worldwide. Pollaro continues this tradition, creating beautiful eggshell works of art that require many hundreds of hours of meticulous work.”
“I have collaborated with many artists but no one has surpassedPollaro in craftsmanship, creativity and sheer passion for his art.”
President, TK Theaters
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HANDMADE IN THE USA SINCE 1988