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    Now this is an interesting pair of 18th century/mid-Qing cabinets from Shanxi. Something you almost never see anymore. Though I am tempted to call them buddha cabinets (佛柜) they are actually known as 五彩顶箱小书柜 which we could roughly translate to "painted compound-book cabinets." A few things make this pair unique. The first is the that it's an actual pair. 
While pairs are not unusual per say, singles are still definitely more common than sets, as many sets were split apart for the sake of profit. But what is very rare, is that both the boxes and cabinets remain as a complete untouched original 4 piece set. And that is just not common. 
Like cabinets, most trunks were also separated from their original bases to be sold separately for a higher price. In fact collectors today often don't realize their boxes were probably originally a set and likely part of a larger matched unit. The other is the relatively good condition of these cabinets considering their 250-300ish years of age. 
And finally, there is a very interesting story being told in the 5 color surface paintings. Can you guess what the story is?

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    Now this is an interesting pair of 18th century/mid-Qing cabinets from Shanxi. Something you almost never see anymore. Though I am tempted to call them buddha cabinets (佛柜) they are actually known as 五彩顶箱小书柜 which we could roughly translate to "painted compound-book cabinets." A few things make this pair unique. The first is the that it's an actual pair.
    While pairs are not unusual per say, singles are still definitely more common than sets, as many sets were split apart for the sake of profit. But what is very rare, is that both the boxes and cabinets remain as a complete untouched original 4 piece set. And that is just not common.
    Like cabinets, most trunks were also separated from their original bases to be sold separately for a higher price. In fact collectors today often don't realize their boxes were probably originally a set and likely part of a larger matched unit. The other is the relatively good condition of these cabinets considering their 250-300ish years of age.
    And finally, there is a very interesting story being told in the 5 color surface paintings. Can you guess what the story is?

    #chineseantiques #chineseantiquefurniture #shanxi #antiquefurniture #china #中国古董 #antiques

    18 3 27 January, 2019

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