Monumental Red Lacquered Panelled Cabinet

Shanxi Province, C18th

Dimensions: W:145 D:55 H:208 (cm)
Reference: C97


  • Description

    This rare monumental C18th Shanxi cabinet has an impressive visual presence, derived from the dramatic geometry of its symmetrical panelled front, red lacquer and metal ware.

    Its distinguished recessed floating panel construction mirrors Ming Dynasty (1363-1644) cabinets, with notable similarity to green-glazed cabinet clay models excavated from Ming burial sites in Shanxi Province.
    The panelling adds a striking and refined linear effect to the design, the verticality itself made even more pronounced by its legs being longer than on most cabinets.

    The original red lacquer is well-preserved, with excellent patina and wear consistent with age, revealing the black lacquered undercoating in parts. Decorative subtleties include the carved bow motif on the top drawers that mirror the scalloped carvings of the apron. The flush-mounted linear metal ware and oval door pulls are original, as are the decorative nail heads on two of the drawers.

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…imposing presence, dramatic geometric panelling, rich patina…

  • Rare genuine antiques
  • Highly appreciated sympathetic restoration
  • International delivery available
  • 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.

    Lou Tabor
  • 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!

    Peter and Joanna Ruddock
  • 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.

    Tina MacFarlane

Why Choose a Piece from the Collection

We have a rigorous selection criteria that every late Qing Dysnasty (1644-1911) piece must meet: authenticity, rarity, originality, function and fine craftsmanship. The provenance varies but is mostly Shanxi Province, a region renowned for Qing furniture. We offer diversity, and styles range from classical to vernacular. Over the many years the true testimony of our selection process is that customers are more than satisfied, and are often repeat buyers, as pieces are consistently proven to enhance interiors.

Restoration as Conservation of Antiques

Dedicated singlemindedness in carefully and painstakingly restoring every single antique, simple or complex, has resulted in a sympathetic conservation of antiques, pleasingly meeting customers satisfaction. Our restorers have an understanding of the original craftsman’s skills such as joinery, lacquering, carving, painting and other age old carpentry ways. Each restoration is done by experienced and skilled craftsmen with great attention to detail. On completion each piece is a stand alone form, with presence, integrity and artistic personality.