Chinese Classical Furniture

Chinese Classical Furniture

Classical Chinese furniture has a timeless appeal that never goes out of style. Our signature range of traditional Chinese furniture is handcrafted from reclaimed elm or poplar wood, and includes reproductions from China's golden age as well as more contemporary designs inspired by the same period. The range includes oriental cabinets, beautifully crafted chairs, Chinese blanket chests and much more.

Low Apothecary's Cabinet, Warm Elm
£1,395.00

Low Apothecary's Cabinet, Warm Elm

TK12N

This handsome low cabinet in our warm finish is a wonderfully versatile piece of furniture and although designed by us with the modern home in mind...

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£1,395.00
Low Apothecary's Cabinet, Black Lacquer
£1,395.00

Low Apothecary's Cabinet, Black Lacquer

TK12D

With a strong oriental style our black lacquer low cabinet is a stunning and versatile piece of furniture designed to fit into a modern home. The c...

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£1,395.00
Ming Sideboard, Warm Elm
£1,365.00

Ming Sideboard, Warm Elm

CW14N

The two doors set centrally in this handsome warm elm sideboard are a feature of furniture from Qinghai province in western China and give it a sim...

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£1,365.00
Ming Sideboard, Black Lacquer
£1,365.00

Chinese Ming Sideboard, Black Lacquer

CW14D

Made from solid reclaimed poplar wood, our black lacquer sideboard has a simple, clean style. This is due to the two doors being set centrally whic...

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£1,365.00
Ming Sideboard, Light Elm Save 30%
£1,365.00
£955.00

Ming Sideboard, Light Elm

CW14M

Based on the old grain cabinets of Qinghai province in western China, our light elm sideboard would be ideal for a modern dining or living room. Ca...

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£1,365.00
£955.00
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Carved Lattice Screen, Warm Elm
£1,945.00

Carved Lattice Screen, Warm Elm

CSR01N

This simple, beautifully crafted lattice screen in warm elm finish is made up of four hinged panels. Each one is created with mortise and tenon joi...

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£1,945.00
Carved Lattice Screen, Black Lacquer Save 25%
£1,945.00
£1,455.00

Carved Lattice Screen, Black Lacquer

CSR01D

Our black lacquer lattice screen works perfectly as a room divider in a living room or just as a statement piece in the corner of a room. This simp...

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£1,945.00
£1,455.00
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Carved Ming Screen, Warm Elm
£1,945.00

Carved Ming Screen, Warm Elm

CSR02N

The lattice design in the upper panels of this beautiful warm elm screen, made up of individual pieces of wood fitted together with mortis and teno...

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£1,945.00
Carved Ming Screen, Black Lacquer
£1,945.00

Carved Ming Screen, Black Lacquer

CSR02D

Made up of individual pieces of wood fitted together using traditional mortis and tenon joints, the lattice design in the upper panels of this beau...

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£1,945.00
Low Scroll Table, Warm Elm
£1,195.00

Low Scroll Table, Warm Elm

CT03N

This beautifully simple low table in warm elm is based on the 'lute tables' used by the Chinese when seated on the floor to play musical instrument...

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£1,195.00
Low Scroll Table, Black Lacquer
£1,195.00

Low Scroll Table, Black Lacquer

CT03D

Great as a coffee table or as a stand for a television, this beautifully simple black lacquer low table is designed on the 'lute tables' used by th...

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£1,195.00
Scroll Altar Table, Warm Elm
£995.00

Scroll Altar Table, Warm Elm

CT08N

Simple and almost contemporary in looks, this style of table, here in our warm elm finish, actually dates from China's Ming dynasty, although the r...

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£995.00
Scroll Altar Table, Black Lacquer
£995.00

Scroll Altar Table, Black Lacquer

CT08D

Tables like our black lacquer model were used to hold offerings to ancestors but also for more general decorative items. They were usually placed a...

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£995.00
Cross Legged Desk, Warm Elm
£1,395.00

Cross Legged Desk, Warm Elm

CT16N

This beautifully shaped warm elm desk is more in a Chinese concession or colonial style than Ming Chinese, but it still comes with plenty of orient...

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£1,395.00
Cross Legged Desk, Black Lacquer Save 20%
£1,395.00
£1,115.00

Cross Legged Desk, Black Lacquer

CT16D

Our black lacquer desk is made by using two 'S' shaped legs that cross at each end to form an elegant hourglass shape, while the rear legs are supp...

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£1,115.00
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Three Drawer Kang Table, Warm Elm
£1,295.00

Three Drawer Kang Table, Warm Elm

CT13N

The Chinese did not use coffee tables in the sense that we know them but in colder parts of the country they would use low level tables placed on t...

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£1,295.00
Three Drawer Kang Table, Black Lacquer
£1,295.00

Three Drawer Kang Table, Black Lacquer

CT13D

This particular black lacquer table is larger than the original kang tables to make it more practical as a contemporary coffee table, but the simpl...

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£1,295.00

The history of Chinese Classical Furniture

Classical Chinese furniture refers to a style and an aesthetic taste, of restraint, balance and grandeur, rather than to a particular period. Plain hardwoods, like the reclaimed woods we use for these reproductions, were always accorded high esteem by Chinese craftsmen from the Qing dynasties onwards. Trade had recently opened, and tropical hardwoods from South-East Asia were beginning to be imported. It was these strong hardwoods which allowed the craftsmen to create austere, slender legged chairs and tables which showed off the beauty of the precious wood, alongside the lacquered furniture which was equally prized. Here at Shimu, we’re very happy to be continuing the tradition of Chinese classical furniture, and to be bringing you these beautiful pieces of furniture to show off in your home.

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