Dongbei Antique Painted Sideboard
Dongbei, circa 1900
This wonderful cabinet, with its original paintings still clear against the red lacquer surface, is typical of furniture from the Dongbei region of northeast China. The outer frame is decorated with a geometric pattern in gold, while the doors and bottom frame are beautifully painted with various flora and fauna. The left central door features a Chinese peacock and peony flower - both symbols for high rank and dignity, while the opposing door shows lotus flowers and a fish, signifying purity and good fortune. Whilst muted over the years, the paintings still contrast beautifully with the rich red finish. The cabinet has a central post which is removable, with a single removable shelf inside. Originally only the central doors would have been accessible, but what were once fixed panels either side have been adapted to allow full access to the inside. This is a stand out example of the painted cabinets of Dongbei and would make a real impact in any setting.
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