Chinese cabinets are functional storage cabinets with intricate detailing & metalwork. Our Chinese cabinets are mostly made in red lacquer or black lacquer, although elm, walnut, cedar & camphor woods are also used. We stock luxurious gilded Chinese cabinets which were made for the top echelon of society, officials & local rulers which are highly decorative. Suitable for all areas of the house, Chinese cabinets are multi functional, but are excellent wardrobes or storage.
Dating from 18th, 19th & early 20th century, our genuine antique Chinese cabinets are restored by our artisan team in the UK and are always dated.
Our eclectic range of antique Chinese cabinets epitomise high quality furniture craftsmanship with and oriental luxury. The majority of our pieces date from the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1912AD).
Cabinets were not used in China until the Song dynasty (960 - 1279AD) and were often made in pairs to be used side by side or to achieve balance within a room. Every cabinet is made with at least one or two shelves and served as a cupboard for clothing.
Traditional Chinese cabinets are separated into four types; display cabinets, square-cornered cabinets, round-cornered cabinets & shelves. Antique Chinese cabinets generally are made from elm, walnut, camphor or red elm although pine and poplar were also used. The Chinese market value hard woods such as rosewood, huanghuali, zitan & chicken wing. Antique Chinese cabinets made in these hard woods are not uncommon, however they are highly valued by the Chinese and come at incredibly high prices.