Elm Five Drawer Chest
Shanxi, circa 1880
Made from elm wood, this old chest of drawers still has the original red brown finish, now worn to give an interesting crackled patina on the drawers and les. The top surface is more worn, showing more of the paler, natural colour of the elm wood. The top extends of the frames, which continue down to form the legs. A single stretchers is fitted between the legs at each side. It was more usual to clothes, bedding and other belongings to be stored in large cabinets or sets of chests in China, so drawers like this are quite unusual. Here the five drawers are deep enough to offer a good amount of storage either in a bedroom or as a dining room buffet.
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