Shaanxi Red Lacquer Painted Carved Cabinet
Shaanxi, circa 1850
This unusual and beautifully decorated side cabinet is from the north central Chinese province of Shaanxi. The style, with panels and doors set in rounded frames and with heavy relief carving on the upper drawer, is distinctive of that part of China. More unusually there are various paintings on the doors and front panels. The two lower panels are decorated with flowers, whilst the doors and panels at either side show a number of interesting looking figures in hats and robes. The two central characters facing each other are red lipped and shaven headed, whilst the four smaller surrounding figures appear to be watching them. The paintings are all fairly clear, despite the lacquer and painting having cracked and worn over the cabinet's life. The red lacquer on the top extended surface is particularly worn, the natural elm wood showing through the layers of lacquer. This is very much a unique cabinet in a highly original state - one that would add interest and character to any modern setting.