Shanxi Altar Cabinet, Chinese Antique
Shanxi, circa 1880
This lovely sideboard is in elm and the lovely, wide grain of the wood is clearly visible on the two doors and panels either side as well as on the upper drawers. The raised 'flanges' at each end of the extended top surface suggest that the cabinet would have been used as an altar to ancestors, most likely also doubling in a Chinese home as a storage unit. The thick legs taper slightly up to the top, and at either side is a highly decorative spandrel in carved relief, showing stylised dragons in a design that was common in Qing period furniture. The small circular door hardware is old, whilst the three small drawer handles have been added recently - the outline of the larger original handles still visible on the drawer fronts. There is s single shelf inside, which extends across the full width of the interior rather than just the width of the doors. A lovely cabinet in a natural finish that would be ideal either in a dining room or for storage in a living room.