Low Carved Xinjiang Sideboard
Xinjiang, circa 1900
With four doors and two drawers, this unusual low sideboard would make a real statement piece in a modern home, with beautiful relief carvings on the front. It was produced around the start of the 20th century as a daybed in Xinjiang province in northwest China, but has more recently been converted into a sideboard by being reduced in depth and the front panels cut to add doors and drawers.
Once a crucial link on the silk road for China's trade with the west, Xinjiang has a large Muslim population and its furniture has a distinctive style that is influenced by the neighbouring central Asian countries including Kazakhstan. The geometric patterns that decorate the front of this lovely sideboard are highly typical of the region's furniture. Once finished in bright colours, the finish has been stripped back to the pale, natural colour of the poplar and pine wood the cabinet is made from.
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