Chinese Square Corner Chest

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

Rarely do you see a painted cabinet of this vintage in such flawless condition. This extraordinary cabinet is beautifully painted with images of auspicious birds, butterflies as well as books, scrolls and other treasures found in a scholar’s studio. Likely given as a wedding chest as part of a bride’s dowry, the cabinet’s illustrations bestow peace and good fortune upon the couple. Made in 1875 in Dongbei province in northeast China, this cabinet’s decoration is a particularly well-executed example of the region’s painting style.

 

Details

  • Of the Period
    Qing
  • Place of Origin
    China
  • Date of Manufacture
    1875
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    36.75 in. H x 61.75 in. W x 16.25 in. D
    93 cm H x 157 cm W x 41 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU82008190263
About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2006

Typical response time: 1 hour

Located in Chicago, IL

More from this Seller

Chinese Cordovan Lacquer Chest
Chinese Cordovan Lacquer Chest
Brass, Elm
Over century and a half ago, an artisan from China’s Anhui Province carved this chest out of the finest elmwood. At first glance it has a beautiful simplicity, but subtle details make t...
Chinese Folk Painted Coffer
Chinese Folk Painted Coffer
Elm, Paint
This charming elmwood coffer was made over a hundred and fifty years ago in China’s Shanxi Province. The owners of the chest may have believed that it brought them luck. The ornate folk...
Chinese Walnut Cloud Coffer
Chinese Walnut Cloud Coffer
Brass, Walnut
Crafted of golden walnut, prized for its open-grained texture and warm tones, this 19th century chest balances the quiet flair of its cloud spandrels with traditional simplicity. The pl...
Chinese Shadow Box Coffer
Chinese Shadow Box Coffer
Brass, Elm
There’s an air of mystery about this coffer with its rich, lacquered finish and the shadow cast by its overhanging top. Crafted of elmwood circa 1900, the coffer contains three drawers ...
Mongolian Four-Door Square Corner Coffer
Mongolian Four-Door Square Corner Coffer
Brass, Elm
Created in Mongolia for general household storage, this 19th century coffer has a straightforward design with lots of rustic appeal. Originally configured to open at the top, the chest ...
Chinese Square Corner Scholar's Cabinet
Chinese Square Corner Scholar's Cabinet
Brass, Cedar
Although more elaborate decoration would take hold in the Qing dynasty, the Ming-dynasty’s legacy of clean, elegant lines remained a powerful influence as seen in this statuesque schola...
Pair of Chinese Square Corner Kang Cabinets
Pair of Chinese Square Corner Kang Cabinets
Elm, Lacquer
In a traditional northern Chinese home, these chests would have been placed on a low, raised platform called a kang (a type of bed) and used to store household objects. Similar to today...
Chinese Scalloped Four-Door Coffer
Chinese Scalloped Four-Door Coffer
Brass, Elm
This twin-door coffer gets a lyrical lift from its undulating scalloped edges. Expertly constructed without a nail or screw, it was hand built over a century ago with traditional mortis...
Pair of Chinese Humpback Stretcher Side Tables
Pair of Chinese Humpback Stretcher Side Tables
Elm
The precursor to the modern “less is more” era, the Ming dynasty epitomized the moment when form and function came together seamlessly. Furniture was deliberately designed to be simple ...
Chinese Round Cornered Cabinet
Chinese Round Cornered Cabinet
Brass, Elm
For nearly a thousand years, traditional Chinese architecture had no interior closets, so tall cabinets were the place to store books, clothing, antiques, food and everything else in a ...
Square Corner Courtyard Chest
Square Corner Courtyard Chest
Elm
Once used to store household items and provide general storage in a traditional Chinese courtyard house, this 19th-century chest contrasts the rich brown of Chinese elmwood with round, ...
Four-Door Tibetan Chest
Four-Door Tibetan Chest
Brass, Wood, Lacquer
A more rustic interpretation of Classic Qing-dynasty furniture, this antique Tibetan chest simplifies the Silhouette with pert, upturned flanges and just a hint of taper to its square f...