This antique Chinese cabinet is a very unusual and one of a kind piece. The main cabinet case is has a plank top that is flush with the sides and the back. The case rests on a base that consists of 4 legs with nicely shaped split apron on all sides. The legs have carved horse hoof style feet.
There is a single drawer at the bottom of the cabinet. The drawer front is painted a warm brick red and has an applied carved frame on all sides.
Above the drawer is a red panel with applied carvings on the top and both sides. These carvings are typical in style as those found on the fronts of many Mongolian grain cabinets. There is also an applied carving of a leaf in the center of the panel. The front panel fits into a wood track and can be lifted up and completely removed to access the inside of the cabinet. The old hardware original hardware is still on the drawer front. Originally there was a small piece of hardware on the bottom of the front panel that is no longer there. The hardware on the drawer would have slid over the piece on the panel and a lock would have then secured the panel and drawer in place and prevent them from opening.
Except for the red front of the drawer and the panel, the cabinet was finished in a brown lacquer and still retains much of it.
Because this cabinet is so compact, it can be used in many places. I make a nice bedside cabinet or end table. It can also be used as a small vanity with a vessel sink, although care needs to be taken to make sure the sink set back enough to allow the front panel to slide up.
As can be seen in some photos the front panel has a very slight warp that can be affected by weather conditions.
Antique Unusual Small Mongolian Cabinet 20 Inch Wide
Region: Mongolia / Gansu
Approx Age: 125-150
Approx Size: 20″ Wide, 16″ Deep, 32-1/2″ Tall
SKU # SST-0323
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