CHINESE ANTIQUE NATURAL BLANKET CHEST
Beautiful, solid elm wood with grains resembling the Chinese mountains were carefully selected for the making of this piece. Clear, natural finish showcases the prized wood. Unique pineapple and butterfly hardware are symbolize harvest and happiness. 4 full length drawers, 2 pair of doors and a secret compartment provide ample storage. Center bar on each door is removable for easy access. The secret compartment behind the pineapple door once up a time was a lockable treasure box. All design elements are consistent with the 19th century classics in Northern China.
Such a piece was used in northern China as a blanket chest to hold stacks of blankets in the winter. Placed on the platform Kang bed, close to the owners while they slept, it being within reach, would also hold valuables that could be immediately protected.
This piece makes a fantastic stand for TV or sculptures. Its simple, honest, great functional design is timeless. Its neutral appeal works with all interiors.
Solid wood, tenons and mortises.
DIMENSIONS: 53" w x 24.5" h x 18.25" d
MATERIALS: Solid elm wood
CONSTRUCTION: Hand made. Hand carved. Tenons and mortises
ORIGIN: Shan Xi province
ERA: 19th century