Black Ten Drawer Chest
Shanxi, circa 1850
This large chest with ten drawers has been produced from an old money chest, used for storing valuables. Originally the panels in the front would have been fixed, the chest being accessed by removing a securable lid in the top. The lid has been sealed and the drawers added, using the original panels as the drawer fronts, still set within thick, rounded frames. This makes it more practical as a buffet for use in a dining room or perhaps for bedroom storage. The chest is in elm wood and comes from Shanxi province. It still has its original black lacquer, but this has now worn through use to the paler wood underneath, especially around the bottom frame and legs.