Trailing Vine Display Cabinet

c. 1850
$13,880 USD
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W: 35.25" D: 20.25" H: 72.25"
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It's highly unusual to find a Qing-dynasty display cabinet with this level of intricacy in its hand-carved doors, rails, and side panels. Crafted in China's Hebei province in the mid-19th century, this cedar cabinet was likely commissioned by a scholar to be the centerpiece of his studio, carefully selected as a source of beauty and creative inspiration. The shelf would have been an ideal place to display jades, porcelain, meditation stones, and other esteemed scholars' objects.

The tall cabinet is covered with lattice-like carvings of trailing vines and blossoming chrysanthemums - emblems of autumn and symbols of joviality. The rich lacquer finish is punctuated by brass fish-form pulls, symbols of wealth and abundance, and a beaded trim along the apron terminates in abstract bats, ubiquitous symbols of happiness.

Additional Dimensions:
Top Shelf: 32.25"W x 17.25"D x 18.5"H
Middle Compartment: 32.25"W x 17.25"D x 22.5"H
Bottom Shelf: 32.25"W x 17.25"D x 20"H

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