Red Lacquer End Cabinet with Gold Butterflies
Shanxi, circa 1920
This lovely, deep red lacquer cabinet is from Shanxi in central China, beautifully decorated in gold with dancing butterflies. The butterfly decoration, along with the geometric gold pattern on the outer frames, is typical of Shanxi furniture and is a symbol for both long life and marital happiness. The red lacquer has been refreshed with a new, deep varnish that picks out the old gold paintings - worn to the black base in parts. The hardware is new and a removable shelf has been added inside.
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