Tapered Red Lacquered Cabinets

Fujian Province, late C19th/early C20th

Dimensions: W:54 D:33 H:125 (cm)
Reference: C315


  • Description

    A timeless statement of a Chinese Ming style classic, these tapered cabinets are a striking but subtle and elegant architectural design that can grace a range of contemporary interior décor.

    Ming design principles require understated refined lines, combined with a sense of firm balance and stability.

    Thus vertical tapering is created by sloping stiles that create a subtle A line form, the four corner lines sloping gently inward in both dimensions towards a top with smaller dimensions than the base.

    This shape encloses vertical doors, which again embody simplicity of design, resting on a wooden hinge that allows the doors to be removed.

    This follows a pragmatic tradition in which architectural devices from homes are adapted to cabinet making: in this case it is a derivation from removable window frames within walls.

    Elegance is further refined by rounded corners and moulding which frame the doors and overall cabinet. In addition the simple and new metal pulls and elongated plates on which they sit provide a visual centre on the upright vertical line.

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…much sought after refined design that is a Chinese classic…

  • 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.