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Linen cabinet with long life medallions

19th century

Linen cabinet with long life medallionsOrigin: Shandong province

  • elm wood
  • 955mm wide x 505mm deep x 1275mm high

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This cabinet is very well proportioned with subtle tapering on the sides. The structural members are mostly rounded which appeals to the eye and soft to the touch.

There is fine carving on the doors and lower panel of the Chinese character "wan". It is closely associated with Buddhism and represents a wish for a long life. The bottom apron has wave form carving representing prosperity.

The original brass fittings have an attractive patina due to oxidising with age.

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