Chinese Northern Elm Storage Cabinet
Shanxi, circa 1880
The lovely grain of the elm wood on the front and top of this cabinet is particularly attractive, with its wide, mountain like dark grain. The cabinet would once have been in a much darker lacquered finish, but only traces of this now remain on the three upper drawers and top frame. As a result the beauty of the material shows through and the resulting rustic, natural aesthetic would suit either a modern or more traditional interior.
The cabinet is in a robust, chunky style with the doors set centrally on wooden dowels rather than hinged onto the outer frames. This gives a simple, minimal style that matches the natural tones of the wood. The dark, circular door hardware is old but possibly not the original, as there seem to be marks left above it of a larger circular plate. The drawer handles are a more recent addition and the cabinet has a single removable shelf inside.
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