Gilt Red Lacquer Storage Chest

c. 1850
$3,280 USD SOLD
W: 47.5" D: 18.75" H: 30.0"
Northern Elmwood
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Used as a storage chest for clothes and personal belongings, this 19th-century coffer was likely commissioned for a wedding dowry, bestowed upon a groom filled with silks and gifts. The square-corner cabinet features four small doors that open to a large interior fitted with a single shelf. The exterior is finished with layer upon layer of brilliant cinnabar-red lacquer, now heavily worn from over a century of use. Traces of the original gilt decoration remain, adorning the front with mythical creatures, offering fruits, and floral arrangements emblematic of the seasons.

Additional Dimensions:
Shelf Opening: 19.5"W x 17"D x 8"H

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