Chinese Antique Tapered Armoire
Shanxi, circa 1880
This armoire is made with rounded frames that taper from the bottom to top where they slot into an extended lid. The doors are then mounted directly into the upper and lower frames on wooden dowels so that no metal hinges are needed. This gives a sense of fluidity and purity that was so typical of Chinese furniture through the centuries. The cabinet is made from elm and comes from Shanxi province in central China. There is a removable central post between the doors - a largely aesthetic feature that first appeared in this type of piece fairly late on in the Ming dynasty. The dark brown finish is original, as is the door hardware. There is a fixed shelf inside with two drawers and a further removable shelf. A simple, elegant design that would work in a modern space for either living room or bedroom storage.