Oriental Cabinet

Chinese Sideboard

Oriental Cabinets

Oriental cabinets and cupboards have a long and fascinating history. Dating back centuries and reaching it's zenith in terms of craftsmanship in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Chinese cabinet has been a popular item of furniture and has been used in a variety of ways throughout the ages.


Early oriental cabinets

The earliest Chinese cabinets were simple pieces of furniture, with shelves and drawers. These pieces were often made from hardwoods such as walnut, and elm, and finished with lacquer or paint. In addition, cabinets and cupboards were often decorated with intricate carvings, inlays, and painted designs.

During the Ming Dynasty, it became fashionable for oriental furniture such as cabinets, cupboards and chests to have doors and drawers that opened with intricate locks and keys. By the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Chinese cabinets had become a symbol of wealth and status. These pieces of furniture were often elaborately decorated with intricate carvings, painted designs, and mother of pearl inlays. Many cabinets and cupboards were also ornately decorated with gold and silver, and often featured a variety of Chinese symbols and motifs.

Oriental cabinets have been used in a variety of different ways throughout the centuries. They were often used to store valuable items such as jewellery, coins, and other items. During the Ming Dynasty, it was also common for cabinets to be used to store books and scrolls. During the Qing Dynasty, cabinets were often used to house fine porcelain and other decorative items.

Today, oriental cabinets and cupboards are popular items of furniture, used to store items such as books, photographs, and other collectibles. In addition, Chinese cabinets and cupboards are often used as decorative pieces, with intricate carvings, painted designs, and mother of pearl inlays. They are a popular item in both traditional and modern settings, and can be found in a variety of styles and sizes.

The creation of Chinese apothecary cabinets involves intricate craftsmanship and traditional techniques that have been passed down through generations. From the selection of materials to the final finishes, each step in the process contributes to the exceptional beauty and quality of these remarkable furniture pieces.

CShimu - the home of oriental cabinets, cupboards and much more

Here at Shimu we have a huge range of new and antique oriental cabinets, cupboards and furniture with wide choice of beautiful options to enhance your home.

Our ever-changing collection of antique Chinese furniture is sourced by us directly from China, with each piece carefully chosen for its unique charm and originality. As each piece is unique, our current selection depends on what we have have available at the time. However, our collection usually includes a selection of oriental cabinets, cupboards and storage furniture.

Before being shipped to the UK, antique pieces are carefully restored by highly skilled craftsmen who are experienced in using traditional joinery techniques. However, restoration is only carried out if absolutely necessary and great care is taken during the restoration process to ensure none of the original patina or unique charm of the piece is lost. In addition, we may sometimes make minor alterations to an item so that it is practical for contemporary use with the addition of extra shelves or an internal hanging rail, for example.

New furniture in Chinese and oriental designs

If you’re looking for new furniture inspired by the elegance of original Chinese and oriental designs, look no further than our Chinese Classical Furniture Collection. Featuring a range of stunning oriental cabinets, cupboards and blanket trunks, this collection offers a range of beautiful pieces in designs to replicate original styles from China’s golden age. With oriental style cabinets available in a selection of opulent finishes including coloured lacquer or wood, our Chinese Classical Furniture Collection is perfect for modern and more traditional homes alike.

For oriental cabinets and furniture with a contemporary twist, why not take a look at our Contemporary Asian Furniture collection? This stunning range includes handcrafted pieces made from solid reclaimed elm wood with a beautiful mid-brown finish to enhance the natural grain. Featuring cabinets, wardrobes, cupboards and chests of drawers, this collection is ideally suited to modern living.  

Once you’ve found the perfect oriental cabinet for your home, why not browse through our range of homewares and accessories? Designed to complement our oriental and Chinese furniture collections, our range of homewares and accessories has been carefully chosen to help you create a stylish and welcoming home. Including everything from soft furnishings and textiles, through to decorative accessories, ornaments, wall art and ceramics, our collection of homewares offers superb quality and beautiful design to suit all interiors.

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