Black Lacquer Gold Painted Shanxi Cabinet

product code: ACW-TA-580923
€6.589,95
D60 x H191 x W124 x cm

Shanxi, circa 1860

This extraordinary antique cabinet is from Shanxi province in central China, where it would most likely have been produced as part of a dowry for a bride, filled with silks, fabrics and other expensive gifts. The black lacquer finish and detailed paintings, depicting various bronzes, vases and other scholarly symbols along with flowers and various figures, are original, while the door hardware is likely a more recent replacement. The paintings would once have been in more vibrant colours, but have aged and faded to a more subtle palette against the black background. Gold leaf was applied as part of the decoration in a traditional method, and this is still visible, used to pick out the various characters from Chinese folklore painted on the outer frames, as well as the circular symbols for long life and good luck across the top.

The paintings on the doors are  worn but still superbly detailed. They incorporate further characters from Chinese legend, either standing or on horseback, with an array of curios - bronze vessels and vases, that denoted the status of the owner. Once vivid blues and reds enhanced with the bright gold would have stood out beautifully against the dark surface of the cabinet, but now have a more understated, aged look that would fit well into a period home. The cabinet has a single fixed shelf inside, incorporating two shallow drawers. The space at the bottom of the cabinet, behind the front panel beneath the doors, can be accessed by removing a half board, providing an additional hidden storage compartment.

This is a wonderful piece that would have been produced for a wealthy household in Shanxi and today would bring a wow factor to any interior. Use it as a large drinks cabinet, for bedroom storage or just as a fantastic statement piece in a hallway or reception room.

This item is not currently in stock but can be reserved with a deposit. Order online and we will process 50% of the total when we receive your order or we can take a card payment over the phone. Expected to arrive in stock around August 12, 2024
This item is not currently in stock but can be reserved with a deposit. Order online and we will process 50% of the total when we receive your order or we can take a card payment over the phone. Expected to arrive in stock around August 12, 2024

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Our furniture is extremely well packed for shipping but in the rare event that the goods you receive arrive damaged please contact us as soon as possible on 0800 088 6800 (01274 610961 from a mobile) or by email at info@shimu.co.uk. We will arrange to either have the item repaired if appropriate and if agreed with you, or to collect the damaged item and organise a replacement or full refund.

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Lacquered furniture should need little cleaning other than the regular use of a dry, soft cloth or duster. To remove any stains, use a dry or slightly damp cloth. Avoid the use of too much water as this will affect the surface. Frequent waxing should not be needed but can be carried out every couple of months using a good quality natural beeswax. Do not use the cheaper silicone furniture sprays as these may affect the finish. Never use any abrasive cleaning products or chemicals.

Products in a natural finish can be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth. Use a natural beeswax every few months to protect and nourish the wood.

Do not place hot or wet items directly onto the product surface as this can mark the finish. Clean any spills as soon as possible.

Avoid placing your furniture near a radiator or other heat source as this can lead to the wood drying out and shrinking, causing cracks or splitting. Ideally, leave at least a metre between your furniture and any heat source. Avoid also placing your furniture in strong, direct sunlight as the colour may fade over time.

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