Dongbei Storage Cabinet, Chinese Antique
Dongbei, circa 1860
A beautiful example of the storage cabinets produced in the Dongbei region of northeast China, this sideboard is in its original finish. Once bright red and with shining gold decoration, the lacquer and paintings have faded over its 150 year life to a much more subtle, muted look. However the paintings are still visible, showing flowers set within square sections - highly typical of this type of piece. Originally the cabinet would have had only the central doors, with the removable post between them, fitted. To add practicality, the old fixed panels either side have also been converted into doors more recently and a removable shelf has been added.