CABINETS

 

 
 

1. An unusual antique Tibetan reliquary cabinet with ten olive green lacquer panels that depict a charming array of animal and floral studies. Three upper drawers and a double doored cabinet would traditionally house ritual objects and Buddhist texts. Characteristic wear and patina from an accumulation of smoke from yak butter lamps and incense. Circa 1880.

Measuring 36 ¼" high by 40 ¾" wide by 16" deep.

 

     

 

 
         
 
 

2. An antique Chinese "square corner" display cabinet with upper display area surrounded by a pierced apron of stylized clouds and 'guazhi' or sea dragons. The lower apron at the base of the cabinet is a bas relief of celestial dragons amongst clouds flanking the stylized Chinese character 'shou' - longevity. The double doors of the storage cabinet are fitted with pivot hinges and mounted with a bronze circular plate, lock hasps and leaf form pulls. The interior is an open space with two shallow drawers fitted right to the very top which also have leaf form pulls. Traditional mitered mortise and tenoned construction with much of the original dark burgundy lacquer finish. Middle 1800's.

Measuring 70 ½" high by 43" wide by 22 ¼" deep.

 

     

 

 
         
 
 

3. An 18th century Chinese muzhumengui round corner cabinet of classic Ming proportions. This gently tapered cabinet with rounded corners and overlapping round-edged top is fronted by a pair of well-paneled doors mounted with period bronze escutcheons and handles. The doors have a removable stile and the pivots swing on wooden pegs fitting into the top board and the stretcher. This pivoted door construction has been used since Western Zhou period, circa 1100-771 B.C. (found on bronze stove doors of the period). Traditional lacquered interior with characteristic attrition and pair of drawers forming the single interior shelf. Yumu, southern elm wood. Mid 1700's.

Measuring 54 ½" high by 31 ½" wide by 16 ¾" deep.

 
         
         
 
 

4. A charming antique Tibetan miniature reliquary cabinet with attractive ethnographic decoration of foliate lotus on a yellow gold and red lacquer ground. There are two drawers for ceremonial accoutrements above a large double door open cabinet with an interior shelf. Each door is further embellished with an auspicious symbol. Circa 1910-20.

Measuring 31 ½" high by 36 ¾" wide by 15 ¾" deep.

 
     

 

 
         
 

 

 

 

 
         
     

 

 
 
 

6. An antique Korean wood bandaji (‘half closing’ chest) with hand-wrought iron fittings. The upper front panel of this traditional bandaji is hinged along the bottom and is kept closed by an iron latch at the top center. Intended for the use of storing textiles and clothing. Yi Dynasty, mid-19th century.

Measuring 30 ¼” high by 40 ½” wide by 17” deep.

 
         
     

 

 
 
 

7. An authentic antique Tibetan reliquary trunk for the storage of ceremonial objects. The exterior surface wrapped in hemp and lacquered to seal and protect the contents. The front of the trunk is decorated in a geometric grid of lotus blossoms surrounding a central medallion of a primordial Dragon rising in a celestial firmament. Hammered bronze fittings secure the panels and corners. Circa 1840-60.

Measuring 18" high by 32 ½" wide by 13" deep.

 
         
     

 

 
 
 

8. An exceptional antique Indian Colonial hand carved rosewood credenza with elegant openwork foliate doors and four stylized foliate columns that end in lion’s claw feet. The cantilevered top is mounted with an exquisite carved openwork backboard. Circa 1890 for a British Colonial residence. 

Measuring 42 ¼” high (including backboard) by 58” wide by 11 ½” deep.