Painted Buffet with Landscapes
Gansu, circa 1900
This beautiful sideboard is from Gansu in western China, where it would once have been used to store grain. The paintings on the doors are actually new, but very much in keeping with the original decoration. They show various figures within a mountainous landscape, and also include an inscription on the central door in old characters. The darkened cream of the doors and three drawers blends beautifully with the old red lacquer and black frames. The door handles are new and removable shelves have been added to the interior.