Black Lacquer Shanxi Armoire
Shanxi, circa 1880
This stunning black lacquer armoire is still in its original state. Many that are available today have been repainted or refinished, but this one still has its original paintings of Chinese everyday life scenes in now muted reds, greens and creams. The thick black lacquer is still largely intact, the hardware on the doors has been replaced. The doors themselves are mounted on hidden, wooden dowel hinges to leave an uninterrupted surface for the paintings. The cabinet has a single fixed shelf with drawers inside, as well as the two external drawers. A beautiful and now quite rare piece that would grace any bedroom or reception room.