Mid-size Red Lacquer Painted Cabinet

18th Century
Elm, red lacquer, original hardware.
Shanxi Province

This cabinet has the overhanging cap frame style typical of the Shanxi Region.  The front is entirely red-lacquered, and is decorated with gilded floral paintings, while the top and recessed side panel are lacquered black.  The painted motifs of flowers and birds, and the T-fret “thunder pattern” intertwined with the swastika design together mean unlimited wealth, and a wish by the owner for protection of the family from evil, many male progeny, peace, happiness, rich blessings, and longevity.

The interior has a shelf and extra storage space hidden behind the front apron with the “running dragon” design, popular in Emperor Qianlong period.