Dragonfly wooden lacquer tealight holder


The delicate and ephemeral nature of the dragonfly is captured in flight on each end of the bridge design tealight holder and on the side of the single tealight holder. Look closely and you’ll see that the dragonfly is made from hundreds of tiny pieces of eggshell inlaid on a glossy black background. Absolutely stunning example of the ancient craft of Vietnamese eggshell painting, our dragonfly is a work of art in miniature. Each one is slightly different ensuring that your dragonfly will be one of a kind.  Cool and sophisticated, our Dragonfly tealight candle holder is ideal for a botanically-themed or neutral room setting.

Two styles are available – for either three or five tealights.

A matching single tealight holder is also available. Please see the separate listing below.


Three tealight holder: 26cm x 5cm x 4.5cm

Five tealight holder: 39.5cm x 5cm x 4.5cm.

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A Silkwood Traders dragonfly wooden lacquer tealight holder starts life as a tree from managed plantations which after being harvested is turned into a wood composite fibreboard. Each holder is carefully prepared, hand-painted and layer upon layer of lacquer applied over a period of several months. In between each layer of lacquer, the item is left to dry, sanded back and then another layer applied giving a beautiful shine and depth of colour. It also results in a strong and robust finish which can withstand most bumps and drops. But always better to be safe than sorry so we always advise to handle with care.  After all, it took three months to make!

A Silkwood Traders dragonfly wooden lacquer tealight holder is suitable for all standard tealights. We advise that only tealight candles with an aluminium outer are used. Each hole has a flame retardant inner. As with all candles, they should never be left unattended and the tealights should be properly extinguished before they fully burn down.

Each dragonfly wooden lacquer tealight holder is presented in its own a silk covered gift box with gift card and information card about how lacquerware is made. Tealight candles are not included.


The eggshell dragonfly – how do they make it ?

Egg shell is crushed and inserted on to the wood , then the whole piece is painted. The paint is then wiped  off the egg shell areas. Lightly sanded , then this process is repeated up to 15 times.

However, how did they get the different coloured shading effects that can range from dark brown to beige to cream and almost white?

The family in Vietnam collect local egg and duck shell from from shops , wash them , place them on large steel trays and place on an open fire for about 5 minutes. Where the shell is touching the tray it begins to turn dark brown. The tray is removed from the fire and allowed to cool down. Now the egg shells have shades of colour from dark brown to white.

All the eggs are then crushed with rolling pins and a large pile of shell is ready to be sorted. The family then sit around and with great dexterity each pick out a shade of colour and fill their bowl. Finally we have up to eight bowls of different coloured egg shell ready to be inserted into the wood.

Additional information


Black, botanical, Dragonfly


three-hole, five-hole, single

3 reviews for Dragonfly wooden lacquer tealight holder

  1. Anthony Charlapampous

    I had this for a year now & purchased it together with the smaller version. The design is amazing and it shows no signs of wear. It is also worth noting that it comes in a great gift box so it would be ideal as a present to someone

  2. Sandra McDonald

    Love my candle holder – 5 stars- just received my candle holder and i am delighted with it . the craftmanship is beautiful and the packaging is so lovely .i will be purchasing from you again, thank you

  3. Charlie57

    It was lovely and will make an excellent centre piece on any dinner table.

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