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Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Cabinet

Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Cabinet

Posted by Aimee Talbot on 6th Mar 2014

Aly & Bruce in Oregon sent photos of an antique Chinese cabinet they bought from us, and there is a very sweet story behind the purchase too! Aly found the unusual Late Qing Dynasty antique Chinese cabinet on our website and showed it to Bruce. He decided to surprise her and ordered it on the sly. She was thrilled! “My wife LOVES it!” said Bruce.

Late Qing Dynasty Antique Chinese CabinetThis is the antique display cabinet or bookcase in elm wood from the Shanxi Province in China. It dates to 1900 and features the four sided square design known as si ping. It was rescued from a home scheduled for demolition and we brought it to America.

antique Chinese cabinet

The antique Chinese cabinet looks wonderful in Aly and Bruce’s home. The unique geometric patterns on the doors and side panels really stand out. Geometric patterns were often used on antique Chinese furniture, symbolized lasting prosperity and the idea of infinity. The pretty hand-carved flowers may have held symbolic meaning for the original owner too. In Chinese culture, flowers mean growth, fulfillment, and prosperous new beginnings in life.

antique chinese cabinet

The display cabinet makes a stunning focal point, especially as Bruce and Aly have ‘dressed it up’ nicely to display their collectibles. At just over 5 feet high, the cabinet looks like it was built for the space!  “The piece is extraordinarily beautiful and fits perfectly right where I planned to put it,” said Aly.

antique Chinese cabinet

Bruce and Aly’s living room looks so comfortable and inviting. Although the antique Chinese cabinet could also work as a bookcase, we can see why the couple uses it as a display cabinet. The living room already has ample shelving for books! I like the way they display other treasures in rows on the top shelves of the arched alcoves – it’s a great design detail.

I’m glad the cabinet found its way from China to a very welcoming new home. As you’d expect with a piece crafted more than 100 years ago, there was some wear to the original natural tree lacquer finish. It was professionally clear coat restored before we sent it on its way to Oregon. “Thank you for posting so many accurate pictures and such an honest and perfect description of the piece,” said Aly. “Our experience was an extremely positive one.”

My previous Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Folk Art Screen post shows another lovely Late Qing Dynasty example and tells you more about that furniture style. You can also browse the Chinese antiques currently in our gallery. Many thanks to Bruce and Aly for sharing just how fantastic the antique Chinese cabinet looks in their home!

Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.