Shanxi Elm Buddha Cabinet
Shanxi, circa 1860
This beautiful cabinet, with doors set centrally on small hinges and multiple frames and panels, is in a style referred to as a 'Buddha cabinet', produced specifically to hold a statue of the Buddha inside. Originally the doors and front panels would have been in a striking, bright red lacquer that contrasted with the black top surface. The drawers at the top and bottom would have been painted to pick out the deep relief carvings. Over time the colours have worn and faded to give a more subtle look and a gorgeous patina that would fit more easily into any interior.
The cabinet is made from elm wood, like many of the better quality pieces produced in Shanxi province, with solid frames and panels. The doors are inset on wooden hinges, opening to a single shelf inside. The time worn, aged patina gives the cabinet a real character and sense of history. A rare, beautiful piece that would make a wonderful accent piece for storage in any space.
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