Stationery Holder, William Farquhar (Magpie Robin)




Qua presents the Stationery Holder with the artwork of the Malayan Tapir from the William Farquhar collection. It serves as an ideal gift to hold knick knacks and coins, suited for office and home use.

One of Southeast Asia's most numerous and conspicuous birds, the magpie robin is known for its pretty and melodious song. This is one of the 477 watercolour drawings commissioned by William Farquhar, depicting the flora and fauna of the Malay peninsula at that time.

Product Code: SHL-WF (Magpie Robin)
Product Size:  L 27 cm x W 10cm x H 2cm
Packaging: Fabric Box
Size: (inclusive of packaging): L 29cm x W 11cm x H 3cm
Weight: 410 g
Material: Lacquer on Wood


Qua Presents

William Farquhar Collection

The collection comprises 477 watercolour drawings commissioned by William Farquhar, the first Resident and Commandant of Singapore (1819-1823), during his prior tenure as Resident of Melaka. These natural history drawings depict the flora and fauna of the Malay Peninsula, most likely accomplished by local Chinese artists, with inscriptions identifying the species by their English and Malay names.

Qua presents the William Farquhar Collection

In the creation of this collection, we wanted to honour the rich history of Singapore and allow each person who holds our lacquerware to be able to own a small piece of history. We chose to use the beautiful watercolour drawings commissioned by the iconic figure, William Farquhar. These drawings by unidentified Chinese artists illustrate the floral and fauna of Malacca and Singapore.

Handmade by Artisans, Designed to Endure

Qua lacquerware is characterised by its distinctive rich lustre and enduring shine, which ispainstakingly handmade and polished by our artisans. A unique material, working with natural lacquer requires utmost patience and skills, which is evident in the beautiful sheen of all the finished products.

The Perfect Addition to Your Home

Place a modern spin to your home decor beyond lacquerware. Besides lacquer trinket boxes and jewellery boxes, the collection includes candle holders, coasters, bookends and trays.

The Ideal Gift

Qua offers a range of stunning pieces that are perfect for showing your appreciation for the special ones in your life. Make it extra special with customised details!