The delicacy of Vietnam PM’s gift to President Hollande

“Imprints of time” – This unique lacquer triptych was dedicated to French President François Hollande from the bottom of heart of Hanoi’s artisans.

“Imprints of time” – This unique lacquer triptych was dedicated to French President François Hollande from the bottom of heart of Hanoi’s artisans.

On 6 September, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc offered French President François Hollande a 4-pieces lacquer triptych when they met for an exchange of views in Hanoi. Hanoia is proud to be author of this exquisite gift.

Named “Imprints of time”, this triptych was advised by famous historian Duong Trung Quoc and was designed with hand-painting patterns by French artist Elizabeth de Roquefeuil, Hanoia’s artistic director. This unique work of art was accomplished by native artisans of two lacquer metropolis in Vietnam – Ha Thai village in the North and Tuong Binh Hiep village in the South during nearly 3 months.

Triptych “Imprints of Time” has 4 pieces, featuring 4 well-known French intellectuals, who had dedicated their talent and knowledge to Vietnam, together with their cultural imprints. They are doctor, micro-biologist Alexandre Yersin, archaeologist Madeleine Colani, painter Victor Tardieu, intellectual and anti-fascist Raymond Aubrac. Four architectural works relating their scientific and cultural contributions to Vietnam include Indochina Medico-Pharmaceutical University, Vietnam National Museum of History, the Opera House and Long Bien bridge.

Triptych “Imprints of Time” was craft with meticulous care based on traditional lacquer techniques, with the unique combination of lacquer wood and gold leaf. The box was made of tissue fibers with many layers of lacquer. After the sanding process, the box’s surface becomes shiny and silky. Even the cover tissue of the triptych is very special, old brocade in one side and My A silk in the other side, which reflects the quintessence of Vietnamese traditional craft.

Time is flying, but “Imprints of Time” will remain intact, like the Vietnamese lacquer tradition or the friendship between Vietnam and France.

The foreman of Hanoia