Blanket Chest in Camphor Wood
Beijing, circa 1900
This large camphor trunk is typical of the heavy duty storage chests used in Beijing and elsewhere in China to store clothing and silks, either when travelling or in the home. Some were made from elm but camphor was a favourite material for this type of item as its natural fragrance acts as a natural repellent to moths and other insects. This particular trunk is in its old, mid brown finish and has a chunky, circular brass plate on the front - a sometime replacement for the original. The inside is in the paler, natural colour of the camphor wood. Great for storage, the trunk is also a nice size and height to be used as a coffee table.