Red Lacquer Shanxi Side Cabinet
Shanxi, circa 1820
This charming little cabinet is an unusual size for Chinese furniture, small enough to be used next to a bed as a side table. It is in wonderfully original condition, with the old red lacquer, paintings and hardware all still present - extremely unusual for a cabinet of this age. It is made from elm wood and comes from Shanxi, the red, decorative finish being typical of that part of China. The once bright 'miao jin' paintings (a technique using gold over a black base) are now very faded, with only the black remaining with just a few traces of gold. The sides and top of the cabinet are in a contrasting black lacquer, though the top surface has largely worn through age to the elm wood below. There is a single fixed shelf inside with a shallow drawer. It is rare to find a cabinet like this in such excellent condition, with little restoration required - small but perfectly formed!