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Chinese Crackled Lacquer Autumn Altar Box, circa 1850



This petite 19th century chest of drawers is a fantastic example of the multifunctional boxes used tabletop in lieu of a larger cabinets. Such boxes were used to store cosmetics, jewelry, documents, and other accessories. This box has four shallow drawers and was likely used atop a domestic altar to store incense and accessories for ancestor worship. Teardrop drawer pulls hang from brass plates shaped as chrysanthemums, symbols of autumn and longevity. The box is cloaked in its original black lacquer finish, now beautifully worn at the edges and aged with a gorgeous crackled texture.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.75 in. (24.77 cm)Width: 12.5 in. (31.75 cm)Depth: 6.25 in. (15.88 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: BJH0521stDibs: LU820021767532

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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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