Suzhou Low Elm Cabinet
Jiangsu, circa 1880
This low cabinet hails from Jiangsu province's Suzhou city, renowned for its canals, bridges and waterways and a major fine furniture manufacturing hub during the Ming dynasty. The cabinet is in a classic design from the late 19th century, displaying multiple drawers and doors with decorative fixtures.
The cabinet is crafted from beech wood, with aged hardware but not original. The central panel was once lockable to protect valuable items stored within. It can still be removed and fitted in place despite the metal key no longer being available. To ease access, the two sets of outer doors are each fitted with a centre post that can be removed as needed. Initially used for storing valuable items and displaying decorative pieces like vases, the cabinet today serves as an ideal low sideboard or TV stand.
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