Grey Lacquer Carved Buffet
Xinjiang, circa 1920
This wonderful buffet is typical in style of pieces from Xinjiang province in the far west of China, but has been given a more up to date look with a shiny grey lacquer finish. The doors and frames on the front are adorned with relief carvings in various geometric patterns. The cabinet was first made as a daybed and would have been much deeper, with fixed panels at the front. During its restoration it was reset to narrower proportions and the panels converted into doors, creating a more practical storage cabinet. The full storage space inside is accessed through the five doors. With its beautiful decoration, reminiscent of Moorish design, it would make a fantastic statement piece in a reception or dining room.