Black Lacquer Sideboard with Three Symbols
Gansu, circa 1920
This striking sideboard is in its original black lacquer, with each door decorated with a red diamond showing a Chinese character. From left to right these are 'shou' (longevity), 'fu' (good fortune) and 'lu' (prosperity). Originally the sideboard would most likely been used to store grain, with the doors being added later using what were fixed panels. There is a removable shelf inside, making the cabinet practical today for storage in a living or dining room.
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