Crackled Lacquer Kitchen Cabinet
Shandong, circa 1920
This unusual, beautiful cabinet would once have been used in the kitchen of a Chinese home in Shandong province. It has been restored and refinished with a lovely, distressed crackled lacquer with blue and green tones. The lattice panels on the upper doors are each in the form of 'double happiness' symbols - essentially two copies of the Chinese 'xi' character meaning joy and happiness. These upper sections of the cabinet would be used to place hot food before serving, allowing steam to escape through the doors. Today the cabinet would be perfect as a dining room sideboard, for books or for bottles and glasses.
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