Blue Sideboard

Blue Sideboard

Unveiling the charm of the Blue Sideboard: A deep dive into Chinese craftmanship

At Shimu, we pride ourselves on bringing the elegance and simplicity of oriental design right into your homes. As part of our extensive, ever-changing collections we offer a range of beautiful antique and new Chinese blue sideboards. These exceptional pieces represent the skill and expertise of Chinese craftsmen through the use of intricate designs and rich colours, providing the ideal way to bring a touch of oriental history and charm to your home.

Sideboards have been a much-loved feature of Chinese homes for many centuries and as such come in a huge range of designs and sizes. Our ever-changing range of antique pieces includes everything from ornately carved and lacquered sideboards, through to rustic pieces which have retained their well-worn charm.

The history of Chinese lacquered furniture

The history of creating decorative objects and furniture with lacquer dates back several thousands years in China. A range of different types of lacquer are used, including lacquers made from dried tree sap, other plants and insects. Designed to create a stunning lustrous finish, the application of lacquer is highly skilled and is a process which would have been lovingly carried out by experienced craftsmen. Once applied in multiple thin layers, lacquer forms a smooth, hard and protective coating, which, provided it dries slowly in humid conditions, is resistant to damp and heat.

Although the technique of lacquering was originally developed to provide a form of protection, the process quickly evolved into a popular way to enhance decorative objects and furniture. Craftsmen began to add coloured pigments to clear lacquer and the technique also started to be used to fix inlaid patterns made from shell or coloured stone.

Over the centuries China’s lacquer industry grew rapidly, although it was a technique which was only used and enjoyed in the East. However, a dramatic change would take place in the 17th century with the arrival of the English and Dutch East India Companies, who started bringing Chinese goods to markets in London and Amsterdam. The ancient Chinese art of lacquering proved incredibly popular and as demand spiralled, Chinese craftsmen began to create furniture designed to suit the tastes of Western buyers.

The rest, as they say, is history and we can now enjoy the beauty and charm of Chinese lacquered furniture, which is still widely appreciated today.

Antique furniture sourced from China

Here at Shimu we have many years of experience in sourcing the very best in antique furniture and decorative items directly from China. Each piece is sourced by us and is carefully chosen for it’s unique beauty and original charm. If necessary, items are restored to their former glory using traditional Chinese joinery skills and techniques.

Because each item in our antique furniture collection is unique, our range is constantly changing. With this in mind, if we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, please get in touch and we’ll aim to source it for you.

Chinese antiques are very much at home in our contemporary interiors as their simple lines and classical elegance make them perfect for complementing modern spaces. Our current collection of blue sideboards in the UK includes everything from simple rustic pieces, through to ornate items. Many of our wooden sideboards retain their original lacquered finish, with our range of items including blue sideboards in a range of dark and lighter hues.

The Allure of the Blue Sideboard

In Chinese culture, the color blue holds symbolic importance as it represents the element of wood, one of the five fundamental elements - Fire, Earth, Water, Metal, and Wood - that are key to understanding natural phenomena and human behavior. Blue is not just associated with wood but also signifies immortality and advancement. Given its rich cultural symbolism, it's only fitting that a blue sideboard would serve as both a functional and decorative piece, seamlessly integrating these traditional values into modern living spaces.

The perfect dark blue sideboard for your home

Our selection of blue sideboards embody the beauty of lacquered furniture. The richness of the blue lacquer gives it a unique aesthetic appeal that sets it apart from conventional furniture. Every stroke of the blue lacquer accentuates the intricate carvings on the sideboard, making each piece a true work of art.

Blue sideboards are more than just pieces of furniture – they are a testament to the artistry and finesse of Chinese craftsmanship. From the selection of the finest woods to the application of the stunning blue lacquer, every step in the creation of these beautiful pieces of furniture is imbued with skill and tradition.

At Shimu, we believe in bringing you pieces that not only elevate your interiors but also connect you with a rich cultural heritage. By choosing a blue sideboard for your home, you're not just buying a piece of furniture; you're bringing home a piece of Chinese art and history.

Blue sideboards, with their vibrant colour and sophisticated design, is more than just an eye-catching piece of furniture. It is a symbol of the profound craftsmanship that goes into every piece of Chinese furniture – a tribute to the artisans who, with their skill and patience, continue to uphold the traditions of Chinese furniture making. Experience this blend of art, culture, and history with Shimu's unique collection of Chinese furniture and homewares.


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