Double Chest / Coffer

18th-mid 19th C.
Northern Elm
Shanxi
50”w 33”h 21.25”d

This chest has a very elegant look with black lacquer applied to all surfaces providing a background for four red lacquer recessed doors with swivel hinges. Black middle recessed panels that show signs they were once decorated with gilt paintings. Behind each pair of doors, the storage space is divided by a shelf with a small drawer. Two hidden drawers are constructed at the base of each chest. Each is camouflaged by a black/red front panel decorated with a low-relief trailing vine gilt design. These drawers provide “hidden space” for valuables. This chest was made for a wealthy person. Restoration to this chest is minimal to preserve the integrity of this piece of antique.