Document Storage Box, Antique Chinese
Qinghai, circa 1900
Storage boxes like this one were used to hold important papers, books and documents. They were usually decorated with paintings on the front and a written message, perhaps showing details of the owner or to give a wish for prosperity or good fortune. The central, circular painting on this one has faded and the black and red lacquer worn and crackled to give a lovely patina. It comes from Qinghai in western China, made from pine wood.