Red Lacquered Garment Hanger with Gilt Dragons

Fujian Province, C19th

Dimensions: W:133 D:35 H:151 (cm)
Reference: H60


  • Description

    The garment hanger features elaborately carved upturned ends of inwardly looking dragon heads, giving a flamboyant touch to the overall linear sculptural design. The feet are integrated with the overall linear design, creating an unusual foot base that resembles the outline of an ancient Chinese ritual vessel, one of the most revered items of Chinese antiquity

    Further subtle aesthetic touches are the slightly splayed legs that give an upward sweeping silhouette, offset by simple almost rippling carved spandrels that soften the visual linear frame, while physically strengthening it. The horizontal posts connecting to the uprights, unite the piece as a visual whole, and provide stability.

    The climate in Fujian Province (in the South Eastern coastal region) is one of extreme heat and humidity. The furniture is usually more flamboyant than in the North, and was usually covered with red or black lacquer, and then gilt painting. This lacquering provided both protection of the wood from the climate, as well as being a surface for decorative themes.

    A wonderful Chinese accent piece for draping pashminas, or other garments.

  • Print

…design flair of inward facing gilt and red lacquered dragon heads…

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  • Over many years I have found Sharon’s treasure trove of Chinese furniture a wonderful insight into China’s history and heritage. Each piece tells a story of bygone days and I only wish I had more space to accommodate even more items.

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  • We are absolutely delighted with the our tall red lacquered leather Chinese hat-box we purchased from Sharon Fitzsimmons. We were looking for an interesting and unusual piece, and this absolutely fits the brief. The quality, colour and size are perfect for our needs, both in appearance and as a useful side-table. Not only that, but we have an interesting talking point for our guests!

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  • I have a modern house and the clean lines of antique Chinese furniture suit it very well. The occasional red lacquer piece looks striking, such as a coffer I use as a sideboard in my dining area. I particularly love a pair of narrow, columnar walnut Gansu cabinets and I think they will enhance a contemporary walnut dining table I am awaiting delivery. I like the visual interest of old wood and mixing old and new adds character to a decor.

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