Camphor Wood Blanket Trunk
Beijing, circa 1900
Large wooden blanket chests were used throughout China for storing clothes and personal effects, either when travelling or in the home, where they would often be stacked one on top of the other. Camphor was a popular choice of material, not only for its attractive grain and colour but also as its aroma acts as a natural repellent to moths and boring insects. This particular one is from the Beijing region and is in the lovely, pale natural colour of the camphor, with a wave like grain visible especially on the front. The circular iron clasp on the front is old but the handles on each side are more recent replacements. The trunk is well sized for generous bedroom storage and the dimensions are also perfect for use as a coffee table.
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