Wedding Cabinet with Possession Paintings
Shanxi, circa 1860
This wonderful black armoire would have been given as part of a bride's dowry. The paintings that adorn the front of the cabinet show prized possessions and vases of flowers in various soft colours that contrast well against the black lacquer. The bottom apron is in carved relief and depicts stylized scrolling dragons either side of a long life character. The two deep drawers at the bottom have been added recently to provide additional storage space. Ideal today as a bedroom or reception room cabinet.
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