Altar Cabinet, Black Lacquer
Our black lacquer altar cabinet tapers upwards to meet the curved apron at either end of the top surface, giving a sense of movement and fluidity. The overall style is very distinctive - instantly recognisable as classic Chinese, and the cabinet is ideal as a dining sideboard or in a reception room. Cabinets like this were used from an early age in China's history to hold incense and other offerings to ancestors. Raised wing-like carvings at each end of the extended cabinet top indicate the religious function. In most Chinese homes the altar to ancestors would double as a more general purpose storage cabinet and our version has two central doors as well as two smaller doors either side, with a removable shelf inside each section.