Small Gansu Storage Cabinet
Gansu, circa 1890
This lovely storage piece is crafted from thick pine, typical of the traditional grain-holding units used in the eastern part of Gansu and Inner Mongolia. Modified to suit today's needs, it features a door in the front, originally a fixed panel, and what was once a removable half board lid in the top has been sealed.
The cabinet has a palette of colours that are common for furniture from the region, with black lacquer frames contrasting with red and cream on the front. The in-laid paintings showcase traditional designs of flowers and possessions that symbolized a high social standing. The colours on the door have naturally dulled with age, while the black lacquer outer frame has worn in places to further enhance the cabinet's character and antique appeal.
The cabinet comes with a removable shelf inside and is ideal for storage space in a bedroom or living room. Its unique design ensures it will be a conversation starter in any setting.
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