Antique Chinese Elm Storage Cabinet
Shanxi, circa 1860
With the old lacquer stripped back to show the natural beauty of the elm wood, this would make a lovely storage cabinet today in a living or dining room. An antique dating from the mid nineteenth century, the cabinet has beautifully carved latticed doors and panels in the upper section, with a large cupboard below. The diamond shaped carvings either side of the upper doors show eternal knots (representing long life) and swastikas (a sacred Buddhist symbol). The cabinet is from Shanxi province in central China, where elm was a typical material used for furniture. The wood has a lovely, natural grain with an attractive mountain-like pattern that is clearly seen here on the doors and panels.
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