Elm, red lacquer, original hardware.
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.