Handmade Lacquered Mango Wood Boxes (Pair), 'Floral Octagons'
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"It's all up to chance – it's up there in the air and you just have to grab it. If I hadn't, I would still be selling food."
"My name is Nantana Sompamitre and you can call me 'Nan.' I was born on May 1, 1950 in a calm and peaceful village in northern Thailand. My family is large; I have eight brothers and sisters. We are a family of artisans. Instead of going to the fields, my father and mother made the umbrella's topknot. My father is a craftsman and was always teaching us. My brothers and sisters helped our parents in one way or another in the running of their business. I am the one who was able to make the shape of the knot. I started helping my parents when I was 13 years old but quit when I was 17. At that time I had just graduated from high school and I wanted to do something more to help my parents. Fortunately, my cousin had a food shop and I became a vendor. Under good conditions this is generally a good line of work, and eventually I met my husband. He is the man who changed my life completely.
"He is an artisan working on lacquer ware. His main job was to paint the motifs on the different pieces. We married when I was 23 years old. One day, my husband and I discussed our future and we realized that with his skill and mine, we could open up our own lacquer ware workshop. He taught me every step involved in the creation of lacquer ware. Thanks to my crafting background I learned quickly and within a year I took part in every step of the creation process, even hand-painting the motifs. We then needed to become known yet. My husband and I went to Bangkok and got our first consignment order! Gradually more shops took an interest in our work and we soon began to sell more, so we were very happy as we could see we had a bright future ahead of us.
"Now we have more than 30 artisans working with us, and my husband and I always train them personally. This is my most proudest thing in life. I never dared to dream of a day like this. I would not have made this on my own. It's all up to chance – it's up there in the air and you just have to grab it. If I hadn't, I would still be selling food.
"I love this craft very much. It is a Thai heritage and not everyone can do it. My work is always developing in quality, color, shape and design. We all work together as a team and everyone presents his or her own idea.
"I have a son and a daughter. My son is 26 and studies computer engineering at the state university and my daughter has just graduated in business management. They are my hope and thanks to our handicrafts, I think they will be successful in life.
"I think Novica is the best channel in this day and age to show who you are and what you are doing. Novica will help my handcrafts be known around the world for the people who love this kind of work. What more can I ask for? Thank you Novica, and I hope everybody loves my handcrafts too!"
To craft her designs, the wood is carved into the desired shape. Then it is coated with lacquer, which is derived from the Gluta usitata tree and ashes. It is dries to form a watertight seal that is polished, and another coat is applied. This process is repeated up to twenty times before as many six coats of pure lacquer are applied. The final layer is polished to a shine with powdered fired clay. Next, eggshells are cleaned and cracked into small pieces. Sompamitre arranges them in the desired pattern on fresh coat of lacquer. The tray is lacquered twice more and sanded in water until the eggshells slowly appear.
The elephant I received is absolutely beautiful. The detail and colors are just exquisite. Thank you so much!
Thank you Nantana, for such a beautiful piece of artistry. I enjoy the lacquered kitty very much. it is beautiful and shows careful detail and workmanship. I also enjoyed reading your story and I wish you continued success. I look forward to other animals you may have to offer. Sincerely, J. Smith
My wife is very pleased with her “Sea Goddess ” lacquered box. Lovely workmanship and truly charming. A birthday gift she will always remember.
Providence, RI 02906
Thank you, Nantana, for the adorable and charming ""King's Kitty"" laquered box. It is so well crafted with obvious attention to detail. Since I enjoy giving a ""gift within a gift,"" it is also a ""puuurrrrrfect"" little box in which to hide another gift of handmade jewelry! I'm very pleased with my purchase. Thank you!
I received the ""Emerald Blossoms"" lacquered box. This piece is beautiful with obviously skilled craftsmanship. I love it! Thank you so much.
The cats I just got by Ms. Sompamitre are sooooo pretty. I didn't expect them to be as nice as they are. They are charmingly carved and delicately painted in fine detail. I love the smooth shiney surface as well. It will be a pleasure to have them in my home. I will certainly keep this artist in mind for gift giving.
I gave "" carnation bunnies"" as a gift and they were recieved with delight and commented on the next day. They are charming and just the right size for a pair of earrings or other small jewelry. Novica is a treasure trove for the gift seeker. Thank you, Nan.
The lacquered boxes I purchased are even more beautiful than they appear to be on the website.
The handcrafted laquered swan box is absolutely charming, I love it. It is a gift for my niece whom I know will be thrilled to receive such a lovely case to hold her jewelry in. Thank you!
ronkonkoma, ny, usa
I gave a gift of quality this Christmas to my sister-in-law. She loves cats and adored this beautifully made box. She was so pleased with this item. I was happy I selected it for her.
Wonderfully handcrafted works of art! Even the paper in which it came was awesome...pulp with leaves and even a little ant :)
The Good Luck Turtle boxes are truly beautiful. A web photo doesn't do their appearance justice; holding them, you can can tell great care went into making them. I gave this set as a gift and she was thrilled with them. I think I will treat myself to one of the cat boxes when my birthday comes around.
Kingston Ontario Canada
I received my purchase today and I'm absolutely delighted with it. I bought this item especially for my mother who collects elephants. ""Elephant Charm"" will be her prize piece. It is beyond beautiful, and I know she'll be thrilled. I will definitely be keeping track of Ms. Sompanmitre's work, and more than likely will purchase again. Thanks!
I wanted to send this as soon as possible. I was so pleased with the quick shipping and the updates given to me. I purchased the gift box and I am so very happy I did. It's beautiful! The actual wooden box is a gift, so I haven't seen it yet. It was wrapped so magnificantly that I didn't want to ruin the presentation. I will definitely purchase from Nantana again. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
I recently purchased a lacquer decorative box with coasters from Nantana Sompamitre. The whole ordering/receiving process was filled with personal touches from the artist/website, tracking information with an estimated arrival date (right on the money!), that I was drawn into this purchase with a more complete view of the art I received. I had more of a connection to another culture and artist through the process. Not only that but this art is exquisite. I would highly recommend this artist and website to anyone who asks.
The lacquered wood coasters I recieved were beautifully etched, elegant and incredibly detailed. Their mere presence enhances the overall feel of a room. I am more than satisfied with the quality and appreciate the obvious effort that went into creating this product.
This piece is wonderful. I was surprise how beautiful it is. Many details that makes the difference. I also liked the postcard with handwritten note and the letter attached with the item. Thank you.
Rodney Ontario Canada
Thank you for the lovely, intricately painted box! Gorgeous! I will be buying from you again.
I've ordered before on Novica and always been well pleased with each item I've received. This time I ordered the Cat statue by Nan and I struck gold. The piece is truely stunning, crafted in great detail with painted imagery that brings the cat and kittens to life. The statue has taken center stage on the collection shelf and getting noticed by everyone who enters the room. I couldn't be prouder to own this lovely piece and intend to collect more cat pieces from Nan. You truly are a wonder. thank you so much for creating such a stunning addition to my cat collection. The statue will be well loved....
I bought her good luck turtle boxes as a birthday gift and they were a huge hit. My sister loved them and raved about the gift packaging and how unique and beautiful they are.
I own two pieces crafted by this artist and they are terrific! (Elephant and jade coasters.) Everything about the coasters and the ""container"" in which they come is top quality, with each piece being a work of art unto itself. While the color of the set appears muted in the photo on site, even under a poor light source the fine lines that make up the jade portion of the design glows warmly under the multi layers of lacquer. I never thought I would actually be excited over a set of coasters -- but I am. The elephant also is wonderful, displaying great personality along with his brightly and intricately painted vest, trunk, back, etc. I suspect that, based on how much I have been enjoying the elephant, I soon will succumb to purchasing the artist's bunny box as well. She does terrific work, and I highly recommend it.
The egg shell mosaic serving trays are so beautiful that I don't want to use them! Excellent craftsmanship. Thank you very much!
I recently purchased a ""Rock Eggs"" vase by Nantana Sompamitre - and it's absolutely lovely. The craftsmanship is outstanding, and the design is a perfect blend of modern form utilizing and ancient technique. Thank you again Novica, for bringing such talent to a worldwide audience.
I purchased the lacquered wood sculpture ""Feline Fun"" as a gift for my wife. When it arrived, she let it lay unopened because the wrapping itself was neatly done and very attractive. She finally couldn't resist the temptation to see what treasure was hidden inside. What a pleasant surprise to see the piece was even more beautiful than the photo on the website. The floral work is exquisite and will be enjoyed for many years to come. Thank you for making this lovely piece available.
My family loved the unique hand painted wood boxes, which I wrapped their gifts in this past holiday season. The detail and designs are so impressive! Thank you!
Very nice item. Nicely made in great condition. I had purchased this for a gift but it is so nice I have decided to keep it for myself.
I ordered the Owl and its Secrets and was not sure how the piece would look in person - it's far more beautiful than I had imagined. It's a delight to look at, hold and it's also utilitarian. The packaging, story from the artist, handmade paper --- this entire shopping experience was pure pleasure, and the little owl box will always be a pleasure to view.
I recently purchased the Stripe Jewelry Box with eggshell mosaic. This lacquered box is absolutely lovely, so smooth and shiny; the eggshell mosaic across the top and each side are designed beautifully. It is really an elegant jewelry box that obviously takes much time and skill to create. It makes a wonderful gift - the person I gave it to totally appreciated the craftmanship and was quite amazed at the eggshell mosaic which she had never seen before!
absolutely beautiful artwork and every bit of passion goes into every touch of the work.
I purchased the ""Elephant Charm"" lacquered wood statuette and couldn't be more pleased with the quality and craftsmanship. The elephant sits on my bedside table and I can't help but smile every time I look at it. Thank you Nantana for this beautiful piece of art.
I purchased the Lacquered wood offering centerpiece, 'Spiritual Treasures'. I thought at the time it was a lot of money especially after adding up the taxes and shipping. However it is just stunning to look. By a candle light it just comes alive. Would I want to stare at $130 on a bank statement or own this beautiful piece of art. There is no question I will enjoy it for years to come and is already the talking point whenever I have friends round. Many blessings to you and your family Nantana Sompamitre.
Bought the 'Good Luck Turtles' lacquered boxes for a friend as a gift and received them today both 1) before I expected to get them and 2) in perfect condition. Opening them to check that they were okay erased any doubt that I had made the right selection for my friend - strong enough to survive her life and beautiful enough for her to be proud of them for years to come. They're beautiful and I'll continue to suggest this site, and especially this artist, to friends and family.
After purchasing and receiving some items from Novica artists I started looking at the site for a gift for my sister. When I saw the Royal Heritage Cat box photo I knew I had found what I was looking for. The package arrived yesterday but the outside shipping box looked a little crushed on one end and I was afraid the gift would be damaged. Once I opened it I saw that the beautifully gift wrapped item seemed perfect - not a ding or wrinkle o the package.. The little cat was so well packed it took a long time to remove all of the packing material so I could finally see the kitty. The little box is absolutely beautiful and there was almost no way it could be damaged because of the care taken to pack it. The workmanship is wonderful and the detailed painting on it is perfect -- I just want to keep studying it from every angle to appreciate every flower and line. I know my sister will love it . I'm sure I'll be buying from Nantana again soon as I'm very impressed with her beautiful work.
THe two turtles were incredibly detailed and beautiful. I never fail to get comments on them when people come to my house. Absolutely amazing work! As usual with NOVICA, the packaging was as fascinating as the item! Love shopping here!
HI: I just wanted to let you know ,you have a fan,we love your work. Best wishes,RONNIE&KATHRYN
I have purchased several sets of these beautiful lacquered boxes as gifts - and I have never been disappointed. The wrapping is so beautiful, in 1 case I presented them sight unseen. I was nervous - but for no reason. These are gorgeous and so unique I was proud to give these gifts! Thank you for your wonderful work.
My ""Four Young Elephants"" arrived today. They are adorable! The painted detail is amazing. I actually bought them to turn into Christmas ornaments, but I have since found spots for them to sit out year round - they are just too nice. I put one out now to enjoy and will save the rest for Valentine's Day (my cats and fish buy me such lovely gifts -- smile). I placed an order today for Nantana's beautiful painted fish box. Hopefully, it will arrive in time for Valentine's Day, too. I used my Novica credits. Those never stay in my account for long. I highly recommend becoming a Novica member. Once you become an Ambassador, you get reduced shipping rates, too.
THe small fish boxes I received from Ms. Sompamitre were exquitely detalied. Everyone who sees them comments on the beauty of them. I have given one as a gift; the other two are now a proud part of my ""fish art"" collection in my office. Thanks for sharing your skills and tallents with us!
I bought jade coasters for a friend as a gift. They were so nice I wish I had bought some for myself. Thank you!
Lacquered wood box, 'Blue-Eyed Kitty Cat' was ordered for my 11 year old niece and it arrived today in excellent condition. I know that she will like it very much. It is detailed and quality art which will look wonderful on her dresser.
Hello Nantana, Thank you for creating such beautiful art! I received my Kings at War lacquered box. I brought it to my office to hold my business card and I adore it as did all of my coworkers. Thank you! Melanie from Philadelphia, Pa USA
Nantana, the ""Prancing Thai Horse' is exquisite! Incredible details - so perfectly painted. I ordered it for a young friend of mine who was born in ""Year of the Horse"" (2002). She also likes to go horse back riding. I thought this ""Prancing Horse"" would be a perfect gift for her. Of course, I had to open it and admire it first. I will carefully wrap it back up in the handmade paper and will present it to her next week. I know she will treasure it for a long time. Nantana, I know your pieces will always be exceptional. I have ordered several for myself and as gifts. I highly recommend all who read this get on Novica email list so you know when there are special offers - low shipping rates and special discounts. Judy D. Lima, OH
Hi Nantana, Thankyou for the lovely Lacquered wood boxes I purchased. They look wonderful and the Ruby coloured artwork really stands out beautifully. D Williams, Australia
The Jade Jungle coaster set is even more beautiful than in the pictures. Thanks!
Southern California, USA
I AM DELIGHTED OVER MY VIOLET FLORAL LAQUERED MANGO WOOD BOXES!!! MY FAVORITE COLOR IS ROYAL PURPLE...AND THE SPECIAL BOXES ARE A TREASURE. I HAVE A FEELING THIS WILL NOT BE MY LAST PURCHASE FROM MS. SOMPAMITRE. I APPLAUD HER ARTESTRY AND GIVE GLORY TO G_D FOR GIVING HER SUCH TALENTS. THANK YOU NOVICA FOR YOUR PERSONAL TOUCHES AND GOOD BUSINESS SENSE! SHALOM
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