A 19th century scholar's chest from southern China. A scholar's cabinet is a highly sophisticated piece that combines the simply elegance of Ming furniture and Qin dynasty's taste for elaboration. The open air top section features window like, delicately carved screens while the main body of the chest remains solid and void of decoration.The panels around the leg area are carved with the eternity scroll pattern, symbolizing longevity. Such a cabinet was usually used for storage of books and scrolls, as a scholar would do with his collection and materials. Double rings on the screen symbolize perfection of life.
Solid wood, tenons and mortises. All original patina.
38.5" w x 22.5" d x 76" h