Floral Painted Gansu Cabinet
Gansu, circa 1900
A wonderful example of a grain storage chest that were once commonly used in Mongolia and Gansu in western China. Originally the front panels would have been fixed, but have now been converted into doors to make the chest into a more practical sideboard. The small openings in the top panel are still in original condition giving access to the cabinet. The red lacquer doors, each with a central painted design showing flowers and mountain scenes, are especially vibrant set within their black lacquer frames. The paintings themselves, which are original, are in excellent condition. A lovely, richly lacquered piece with both history and charm - great in a reception room or as a dining sideboard.