Chinese Mother of Pearl primarily comes from the Asian abalone, a half shelled mollusk that is considered a dinning delicacy in China and Japan. The interior of the shell is smooth and iridescent like the surface of a pearl. In fact it is the same natural process that creates both pearls and mother of pearl shell. It has been used as a decorative element in Asia for centuries, but it experienced its height of popularity in the Victorian era when the Western affluent clamored for all things Oriental. The furnishings and wall décor from Reorient all follow in the tradition of mounting the shell on a simple black lacquered furnishing with elegant hand painted scenery. The look is a classic chinoiserie that brings both a touch of the East and old Europe. Black lacquer mother of pearl furniture and accessories have been sought after for generations for its ability to transform any room into an elegant setting. This traditional wall piece is perfectly sized to highlight smaller wall spaces like in entry ways, stairwells or petite half baths. Because of hand painted and hand crafted, no two pieces are identical.