Large Painted Gansu Sideboard
Gansu, circa 1900
This striking cabinet, with its contrasting reds, blacks and creams, is typical of the furniture produced in the east part of Gansu province in western China. It would originally have been used for storing grain, the interior accessed only by the three removable panels on the top. To adapt the unit into a more practical sideboard for modern use, the three panels in the front have been converted into doors, but in this case the top panels have been left loose rather than being sealed into place. The door panels still feature the original paintings, showing landscapes and scenes from Chinese legend - now faded but still visible against the pale cream surface. The side spandrels are in a rich red to match the cabinet frames, and are beautifully carved to taper down to the feet. A wonderful, imposing piece that would make a real statement in a hallway or as a dining room sideboard.
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