Carved Cabinet with Five Drawers
Shaanxi, circa 1860
Although not as heavily carved as other similar pieces from Shaanxi province in central China, this beautiful cabinet still has the distinctive style of that region. The two larger drawers at the top and the three smaller ones below (quite probably added later on using the original fixed panels) have some lovely floral designs in carved relief. The once bright red, green and black lacquer has worn and faded over the cabinet's life but is still in place, and the finish now is muted, warm and full of character. The cabinet's profile is slightly tapered with an extended top. The drawers and doors have rounded frames, the doors fitted centrally and with simple ring handles. This is a beautiful piece, perfectly proportioned for use as a little sideboard. It has a single shelf inside.