Pair of Painted Qinghai Armoires
Qinghai, circa 1860
Made from pine and with the original red lacquer finish, paintings and hardware. These cabinets are in superb condition for their age and it is very rare to find a pair like this still together. The narrow, centrally positioned doors are typical of Qinghai cabinets. These are beautifully decorated, along with the panels at either side, with detailed paintings of flower vases and other favoured possessions to show the wealth and status of the original owner. An inscription on the inside rear panel of one of the cabinets gives a fascinating detail of their history, stating that they were made during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (around 150 years ago) to celebrate the establishment of a new business.