Painted Pine Oriental Trunk
Gansu, circa 1900
This colourful old blanket chest Is made from pine and originates from Gansu in western China, the heavy, decorative base being typical of the style of that region. Once much brighter, the palette of deep reds and creams has darkened and faded over the years, but the original paintings on the front of the chest depicting vases of flowers, bronzes and other prized objects, are still clear. The simple brass clasp that allows the chest to be locked is a replacement for the old one.