Shandong Painted Blanket Trunk
Shandong, circa 1860
Large and solid, the style of this blanket chest is quite distinctive of the storage trunks produced in Shandong province in north east China. It has a thick moulded base with panels and the circular brass hardware that is so iconic of Chinese furniture. The finish is original - now softened to a reddish brown and worn on the top surface. The paintings are also original, now faded but still clearly showing a detailed scene in black and darkened gold of several figures in front of houses and trees. A small child peaks out from behind an elderly man, while two other characters look out from the upper floor of the left hand house. There are further paintings decorating the base of the trunk, including an 'eternal knot' symbol in the bottom centre. The trunk is joined with large dovetails and, given its age, is in excellent condition.