Shanxi Black Double Sided Cabinet
Shanxi, circa 1860
In a 'double cabinet' style with two sets of doors set beneath an overhanging top, this cabinet dates back to the mid nineteenth century and still has its original black finish and door hardware. The simple style is indicative of its origins from Shanxi province in central China. It is rare nowadays to come across a cabinet of this age with its original details - particularly the hardware - as so much was removed during the 'Great Leap Forward' in China to be smelted down for pig iron.
The old black lacquer finish is largely still in place, but now worn to a softer tone and showing the paler colour of the elm wood in parts. A crackled effect shows on the doors giving a real sense of age and character and there are also signs of wear and use on the top surface, including a circular mark that is most likely from the cabinet being used as a surface for ancestor offerings.
The simple style, monochrome colours and wonderful aged patina would allow this wonderful cabinet to fit easily into any interior, bringing with it a unique history and presence.
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