Shanxi, circa 1880
This stunning cabinet in a deep red lacquer is in a simple style but would make a beautiful accent piece in a reception room or bedroom. The gorgeous finish is original, and would once have been covered with gold decoration of landscapes and people. Most of the gold has now worn away showing a faded background underneath, but in places - particularly on the bottom apron - the original design is still quite clear. The cabinet would most likely have formed part of a bride's dowry. presented along with its contents. Often the gold on cabinets like this will have been retouched more recently or completely repainted, but this one is in a more original state - worn but with a wonderful character. The door hardware is the only new addition. The cabinet has a single fixed shelf on the inside, with two small drawers included.
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