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Hardwood linen cabinet

Early 20th century

  • Hardwood door panels, Chinese cedar frame, spruce sides
  • 1030mm wide x 500mm deep x 1800mm high

A feature of this cabinet is the door panels made from a timber called huali. It is a species of rosewood related to huanghuali that was used to make furniture during the Ming dynasty and is now very much sought after.

The cabinet is very practical with drawers and shelves. The original door fittings are flower basket pulls with ruyi backing plates. The ruyi was originally a type of sceptre that has become a symbol of good wishes. The flower basket is emblematic of one of the Eight Immortals so represents a wish for long life.