Exceptional Quality Chinese Red Lacquer Cabinet - 19thC

C0425

Lacquer cabinets were often given as wedding gifts - usually in pairs. Original pieces were not usually decorated on the sides. Better quality cabinets were made from Elm. The lacquer is a resin made from the sap of the Rhus verniciflua tree. Lacquer has a long history in Chinese furniture and has been used for over 2000 years. Our antique lacquer cabinets come mostly from Shanxi & Gansu Provinces. The wood used in these cabinets is mostly elm. Red is the most commonly used colour, black is also used, but is much less common. The lacquer is usually decorated with coloured lacquer designs or gold leaf. Other colours such as green, blue, yellow and pink were not used and are only found in modern reproductions.
From China
117 x 56 x 195 cms (wxdxh cms)

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