Black Lacquer Cabinets were usually made in pairs. This one has been made in the Ming Style from Elm but it is most likely Ca 1850 . 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 lacquer cabinets is mostly elm. Red is the most commonly used colour, black is also used, but is much less common. The lacquer is sometimes 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.
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