Mid Sized Cabinet in Red Lacquer
Shanxi, circa 1860
This old red lacquer cabinet provides a slice of Chinese history. It originally dates from the mid 19th century, and the worn, red lacquer finish is old but restored with a new varnish. Over the doors are Chinese characters in gold that would have been added more recently - most likely during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.
Many old and antique items of furniture were destroyed during China's turbulant recent history, as they were seen as being part of the 'Four Olds' that were denounced by the Communist Party. In order to protect favoured furniture, families would often paint over old pieces to make them look new or less valuable, or in order to avoid the wrath of the local authorities. In this case the characters added essentially translate as 'Protect The Homeland' - a nationalist slogan that was obviously enough to save the cabinet from the furnace.
The cabinet has been restored with new handles and two removable shelves inside. Great for bottles and glasses or books, and with its very own story to tell.
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