Six Drawer Antique Carved Coffer
Shaanxi, circa 1880
Furniture from Shaanxi, a province in central China and home to the ancient capital of Xi'an, is distinguished by its robust construction, thick frames and panels, and intricately carved detail in vibrant colors. This antique chest of drawers is an excellent example from the region, with each of its six drawers featuring deep carvings in floral patterns and studded with heavy iron hardware.
The hand carvings on this chest were originally bright and vibrant with distinct reds, blues and greens, set off against the darker black lacquer surround. Over time, the exuberant palette has faded leaving more muted colours that can complement any interior design style.
The chest boasts a sturdy elm wood construction, with thick, recessed legs and an overhanging top. Its once-black finish has now faded to reveal the pale wood beneath, creating a captivating, distressed appearance. The perfect choice for adding charm and authenticity to any room.
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