The Ultimate Outdoor Sale. The metalwork that we often associate with Chinese furniture and that was mounted on various types of cabinets and chests was designed to be both functional and decorative. Made of brass or other alloy metals, these hinges, handles and lock plates were considered of major significance to the overall design of a piece and would often include intricate carving. These cabinets were usually located in the women's quarters or in reception rooms where official robes were kept. These cabinets would contain everyday items and sometimes included secret compartments for storing valuables.
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Antique Asian Medicine Cabinet Designs Ideas And Decors Throughout Old Remodel 8
Paneled Cabinets This cabinet features panels associated with the earliest styles of the Jin culture. The Jin culture is a term that now refers to the "unrestrained nomadic style" of the Shanxi region. Sideboard Cabinets Although sideboards were not used in formal dining rooms as we use them today, large low cabinets would normally be placed in the center of a Chinese living area or on the kang-the hollow, heated brick platform used in northern parts of China. The metalwork that we often associate with Chinese furniture and that was mounted on various types of cabinets and chests was designed to be both functional and decorative. This cabinet must have been in use recently, because it also has modern paste-on labels on the drawers-as currently pictured. Although cabinets of the Beijing elite were black enameled with mother-of-pearl inlays, cabinets from the other regions were more lavishly decorated.
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Consigned Antique, Small Chinese Medicine Cabinet
Each drawer has a brass pull. There was a clear division of use between the two units. More philosophical settings such as a landscape of mountains and streams might belong in a scholar's studio. Circular brass hinges and lock plates, often with pear-shaped handles the pear symbolizes fortune and prosperity in Chinese are a dominant feature of compound cabinets, providing and elegant contrast to the beauty and simplicity of the wood panels. The brass plates allow the eye to settle on the center of the cabinet rather than try to absorb its entire bulk. Compound Cabinets When a smallish storage chest is stacked on top of a regular-sized cabinet, the combination is collectively referred to as a compound cabinet. Hinges were made of brass today, rarely original or wooden, carved in the shape of a lotus blossom or, occasionally an acorn or some other object from nature.
Description:You won't find a chest of drawers or dresser in the Chinese vocabulary It is otherwise known as a kang cupboard. Chinese doctors labeled each of the multiple drawers with the names of herbs and medicines various mushrooms, reindeer antlers, etc. Similarly, paintings were rolled up for storage in cabinets. Drawers never received widespread usage. Also, the Western concept of an armoire or a wardrobe cabinet did not exist in the Ming Dynasty China, as the Chinese would never hang clothes vertically inside a cupboard. This Chinese apothecary cabinet also features a upper open compartment-perhaps a place for books.