Painted Red and Cream Sideboard
Gansu, circa 1920
This long, low sideboard in chunky, lacquered pine wood would be ideal either in a dining room for storage or used as a large TV stand. It started life in Gansu province in western China as a storage chest for holding grain. The doors and drawers would once have been fixed panels, but have been converted for practicality and removable shelves added inside. Unusually, the three original removable boards in the top - once the only way to access the interior - have been left loose rather than sealed, adding quirky character. The three doors are in cream with a black lacquer surround, all contrasting with the cabinet's thick, deep red frames. Each door is decorated with paintings of Chinese landscapes including mountains and trees. A highly distinctive Chinese sideboard that would bring colour and character to any space.
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