In a Chinese carpenter's mind, cabinets are miniature houses that must have a sense of balanced proportions and last for generation after generation. The flourishing of designs and styles over the centuries abide by this belief. Some designs are striking with their unadorned elegance highlighting their line and timber grain, whilst others use rich colours symbolising good wishes and fine paintings and carving, telling stories from popular folklore.
In our modern homes the appeal of cabinets is that their presence provides an artistic focus as well as their obvious practical use. Cabinets have a combination of drawers and shelves for storage convenience and versatility.
You can see these magnificent pieces in our Canberra antiques gallery.
Antique linen cabinet with fine figure carving
19th century Origin: Zhejiang province southern hardwood 1175mm wide x 500mm deep x 1815mm high Large linen cabinets with deep shelves were ideal for holding thick padded winter bedding and...
Display cabinet with carved apron
Origin: Shandong province 19th century elm wood 620mm wide x 535mm deep x 1830mm high Open display cabinets were often seen in the scholar’s studio holding favourite pieces from their...
Wedding chests and cabinet set
Origin: Zhejiang province Early 20th century spruce 760mm wide x 450mm deep x 1745mm high Chest and cabinet sets were used in the home holding clothes and other personal items...
Chinese scholar cabinet with carving and calligraphy
19th century Origin: Shanxi province purple elm 940mm wide x 510mm deep x 1680mm high This is a very rare cabinet with its combination of carving, calligraphy and painting. It...
Four door cabinet with floral relief carving
Early 20th century elm wood 1020mm wide x 420mm deep x 750mm high Relatively small cabinet, great for an entry where you want a piece both interesting and practical. Would...
Display cabinet with longevity motifs
Early 20th century elm wood 960mm wide x 430mm deep x 775mm high Modestly sized cabinet with detailed open and relief carving that would provide contrast to minimalist styling showing...
Low cabinet with sliding doors
Early 20th century birch 1400mm wide x 395mm deep x 620mm high Classic understated Ming style cabinet, perfect for large flat screen TVs or sound system. The central door is...
Low cabinet with drawers and compartments
Early 20th century elm wood 1415mm wide x 400mm deep x 590mm high The appeal of low cabinets is that they are a perfect height for large TVs and a...
Low cabinet with bamboo carving
Early 20th century elm wood 1025mm wide x 430mm deep x 530mm high Low cabinets like this were traditionally placed on large platform beds called a kang. They are equally...