• #9995 Antique Chinese Gilt Painted Red Lacquer Cabinet Made with Zhu-Sha Mineral

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    清中早期畫金漆朱紅平面大櫃 This older and larger size antique northern Chinese gilt-painted red lacquer cabinet is constructed with a “Flat-Front, 平面” “Four-Cornered, 四角方櫃” style with a deeper pocket compartment that is almost one third of the full height of the cabinet in ratio. The whole cabinet is lavishly covered with very thick red lacquer pigment made primarily from the Zhu-Sha (朱砂)mineral material with thick coats of black lacquer underneath the red. On the red surface, some repaired, it is painted with a combination of techniques with different shades of gold by filling in the gold after a black lacquer drawing had been drawn first for the contour shapes as well as applying the gold substance directly onto the red surface in a brush painting style on some parts of the painting. This cabinet with bold and striking color pigments that remain to be incredibly vivid and “alive” is graced by time with many depths of texture that reveal different colors and process of its impressive lacquer working. This older and rarer cabinet is possibly from the 18th century, while some others with painted lacquer can possibly be from the late 19th to the early 20th century period with more simplified lacquer work. Cabinet like this one with such lavish and costly material and work can only come from, outside of palace, a prominent family. Dimensions: 46 1/8” W x 21 1/4” D x 73” H

  • #AR004 Antique Carved Large Cabinet with Converted Pocket Doors

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    2200.00

    1500.00

    Antique carved large cabinet converted into TV cabinet with pocket sliding doors; made of Ju wood (Southern Elm) and beautifully carved. late 19th to early 20th century. 45.25"w x 23.25"d x 66.75"h

  • #15613 Antique Chinese Tall and Narrow Red and Gilt Painted Cabinet

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    4500.00

    2400.00

    Antique Chinese Tall and Narrow Red and Gilt Painted Cabinet. Two available. Each: 30 1/2"w x 22 1/2"d x 67 1/4"h

  • #9996 Antique Extra Tall Ju Wood Red Lacquer Cabinet with Fu Character

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    (明式櫸木帶福字清代上海紅櫥) This is an excellent extra tall Ming style antique tapered Ju wood cabinet well designed and solidly constructed, coated with the original red lacquer made of ground organic mineral such as Zhu-Sha ( 朱砂). It is unusual partially because it has an old character of Fu ( 福, Blessing) written at the back of the cabinet to bless the user. Chinese lacquered cabinets were not generally made with good wood as the wood would have been covered with thick lacquer without being seen. This one is an exception. It uses generous cuts of Ju wood, the finer southern Chinese elm, besides it is thickly covered with lavish organic red color pigment that was very costly and only lucrative families could have afforded. This cabinet is very well and stately built with a good taste in design. It shows the mannerism in which good material, good craftsmanship, and design often go hand-in-hand. This cabinet originally came from near Shanghai area where more old Ju wood furniture pieces could be found. Though not an unusual style, this taller cabinet is built with a much better proportion than some other similar ones that are generally much smaller in size and with less superior construction, made of pine, fir, and other more common and cheaper wood, that came from other neighboring areas. Unlike the doors made with several wood panels within each door frame, doors on this cabinet were built with single-board panel (獨板) inserted in the “Floating-Paneled” frame on each door. Doors made with this special feature will not easily develop cracks or widening gaps when in different weather condition. This cabinet was made as a wedding gift for a bride. Dimensions: 45"w x 24"d x 88"h

  • #6465 Antique Ningbo Style Four-Door Red Wedding Cabinet

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    This beautiful extra large size antique Ningbo style red wedding cabinet is well designed with four doors with rounded door posts and legs as well as circular old brass plates all cohesively and well constructed together, presenting a simple yet elegant style. The original red lacquer on this piece is beautiful and vivid and is made of expensive organic color pigment derived from precious ground minerals. Refinished in an excellent French Polish finish with clear lacquer coats without disrupting the original color. Please also note that the four doors in the post style are inserted directly into the horizontal frame on the top rather than being secured and held by additional outside small holders like other similar pieces created at a later period. Dimension: 51"L * 24"D * 75"H

  • #10523 Rare 17th Century Golden Thread Nan Mu Hardwood Scholar's Cabinet

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    Very rare 17th century large size scholar's cabinet made of Golden Thread Nan Mu with original old thick lacquer inside. Golden-Thread Nan-Mu was msotly used for building supports and coffins for the imperial family and wealthy class during ancient China. Few old furniture pieces made of this wood can be found, especially one used by the literati class like this one is extremely rare. The dramatic tiger skin- like grain on the doors is the typical character of this wood while the rest of the wood carries very fine golden speckles which is why this wood is named. Dimensions: 42"w x 20"d x 79 1/2"h

  • #11199 17-18th Century Medium Size Ju Wood Scholar's Cabinet

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    17-18th century Ming style scholar's cabinet made of Ju wood with old fittings and original lacquer inside. One repair on one of the door posts. Otherwise, it is in fine original unfinished condition with beautiful old patina from the Ju wood. Compared to other types of softwood, Ju wood is a denser wood that adjusts better to the different climates and ages to beautiful patina. This piece with a classical design is one pick out of many! Dimensions: 34"w x 17"d x 54 1/2"h

  • #7864 Very Rare Pair of Antique Ming Style Cabinets with Table Base

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    Very rare pair of antique Ming style cabinets with table base. Dark lacquer outside, original old Pi-Huei lacquer inside. With old circular brass plates. 150-250 years old. French Polish over original black lacquer. Dimensions: 34.75" x 18" x 71"

  • #6629 Rare Antique Ju Wood Ming Style Cabinet with Fine Dragon Carvings

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    An early style tall and tapered antique Ju wood two-door cabinet with doors made of rare Jin-Si-Nan-Mu wood intricately carved with stylized dragon in a medallion shape; with old circular brass plates and old lacquer inside. Dimensions: 42"w x 20"d x 77"h

  • #7158 Pair of Excellent Antique Carved Ju Wood Cabinets

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    32000.00

    13500.00

    Pair of excellent antique Ju wood cabinets with original carved floral design, old lacquer finish, and large size carved old brass fittings. French Polish finish over the original lacquer. Ju wood furniture pieces are sought after by connoisseurs of Chinese furniture. It is the number one wood outside of Chinese hardwood. Ju wood furniture has been dated to 17th century and later. Good antique Ju wood furniture pieces are hard to find. In Chinese art, a pair of objects are also valued much more than two single ones together. Dimensions: 42 1/4"w x 22 1/2"d x 67 3/8"h

  • #7481 Rare Pair of Antique Hat Chests with Original Extra Large Old Brass Fittings

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    Beautiful rare pair of antique hat chests with the original extra-large old brass plates and the original thick old brass hinges with green patina. Purchased from the old Beijing Arts & Crafts in the mid 1980's. This was the only pair stored in their basement at the time with all other antiques and old crafts. This pair has been in Shen's collection for many years until recently brought to our showroom. The original darkish brown lacquer had been lifted to reveal the beautiful wood grain of the Northern Chinese elm. Beijing Arts and Crafts had been the largest government entity for the communist China for selling to foreigners arts and crafts until China's free economy took stage in the 1980's. This pair of unusual cabinets signifies the ending of an old era of China's economy and social structure. Dimensions: Each measures 45 3/4"w x 22 1/2"d x 81"h

  • #7707 Rare Antique Suzhou Style Wider Bai Wood Cabinet With Bamboo Slats

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    5800.00

    3400.00

    (蘇式栢木鑲竹大櫃) A rarer Su-Zhou (蘇州) style wider cabinet made of rare Bai wood (栢木) and bamboo slats. It has nice smooth darker finish with beautiful bamboo patina. Although there are other types of cabinets made with bamboo slats can be found from the early 20th century period from nearby Ningbo (寧波) and Shanghai (上海) area, few can be found from the Su-Zhou area that are made of Bai wood and are older and wider in width. Furniture pieces made of Southern Bai wood, Southern Chinese cypress, can be dated to the 17th century and are very rare. This piece is probably from the mid 19th century. Suzhou is considered the source of Ming furniture by many. This is because Suzhou was often chosen by the dynasty emperors to spend time for leisurely activities and for building summer retreats for its natural beauty. It also became a gathering place for the literary and social elites. Hence, giving its cultural element as well as the availability of the variety of exotic wood because of the thriving transportation through water, it had for centuries attracted the best craftsmen and wood workers who flopped to the area to showcase their skills in building the best woodwork. Hence, Suzhou earned a reputation for the elegance and the craftsmanship for the woodwork produced in the area. It is also possible that this piece might have been made in Nan-Tong (南通), also a city in Jiangsu Province (江蘇) that is not too far from Suzhou, where it had a thriving woodworking industry and is increasingly believed for being part of the source of Ming or Ming style furniture making. Dimensions: 43.75" x 22.25" x 73.125" ( This item is shown on our home page “SPECIALS” )

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