In 1988, the Franklin Mint issued a series of cat figurines for the Curio Cabinet Cats Collection. Each cat was produced from a different material, in different countries, and reflected various art forms popular through the ages. This intricately carved cat is made of Cinnabar lacquer, an art form developed in China and reaching its height of popularity in the 15th century. The process involved layering wood or hemp with hundreds of coats of the cinnabar lacquer, letting each dry before adding another, then carving intricate designs in to the piece.
This particular cat still has the transparent label of the Franklin Mint. The cat measures about 3" high. Excellent condition except for dark smudge on back of the head. The smudge is more noticeable with the camera flash than in person. No paperwork.
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