Beijing Camphor Chest
Beijing, circa 1900
This large camphor chest would have originally stored clothes and fabrics. It is typical of blanket trunks used throughout China, but particularly in the north. Camphor was a popular wood for these chests as its natural aroma acts as a deterrant to wood boring insects. This chest has the heavy brass hardware typical of Beijing furniture, with large dovetail joints. With an attractive grain and plenty of storage space inside, it is also a good size and height to use as a coffee table.
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