Black Painted Antique Side Cabinet
Shanxi, circa 1840
When it was first made this side cabinet would have been in a sleek black lacquer and the paintings much more bright and prominent. Over the years the black finish has mellowed and the paintings faded to a more subtle look. The paintings on the doors show flowers and birds in reds, blues and greens, repeated on the three panels at the bottom. As well as the finish, the simple hardware on the doors is also original. There is a single removable shelf inside and the cabinet is a nice size for versatile storage in any bedroom or living area.