ANTIQUE CHINESE TABLE TOP DISPLAY CABINET
Height: 31½ inches / 80 cm
Width: 16 inches / 40.6 cm
Depth: 8½ inches / 20.9 cm
Stock number: 856918/0121
An excellent 19th century Chinese cabinet made for the home market, most likely by commission, the carving is quite exceptional and can only be described as “profuse”. The quality of the work and the motifs employed seem to suggest that the owner was of some importance. The piece is designed in such a way that we believe it was to display and store fine but small artefacts ( perhaps jade, ivory etc).
The top of the cabinet is surmounted by a gallery and two display shelves, the pierced carved doors which are decorated with birds and flowers open to reveal a bank of eight drawers for the storage of artefacts and these are over two further drawers in the base of the cabinet, which stands on four legs.