19th Century Chinese Ruyi Altar Coffer For Sale
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19th Century Chinese Ruyi Altar Coffer

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Chinese artisans often weave stories and symbolism into their furniture designs. In Mandarin, the words for "eight" and "luck" share a pronunciation, making this coffer a powerful symbol of prosperity. On each of its eight drawers is a carved ruyi, a lucky symbol that honors wisdom. This impressive family altar would have anchored a 19th century room, holding all of the accoutrements necessary for ancestral offerings. Its scale and impressive carvings combine with its provincial finish to make it a perfect fit anywhere from a beach-side bungalow to a mountain chalet. Additional dimensions Table apron to floor: 16.5" Top drawers: 7.5" W x 20.75" D x 7.75" H Bottom drawers: 14.5" W x 20.75" D x 3.25" H.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 37 in. x W 81.5 in. x D 26.25 in.H 93.98 cm x W 207.01 cm x D 66.68 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller Reference Number
    U059
  • Reference Number
    LU820015319932
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