CHINESE POLYCHROMED RED AND EBONY BLANKET CHEST WITH GILDED DECORATION
Circa mid-to-late 19th century
Item # 607YPB23
A very well preserved chest from the mid-to-late 19th century, the case is inordinately heavy with large open dovetails securing each corner of the chest beneath a red bole and the painted surface. Rather detailed, the ebonized ground is intricately painted with stylized scenes in gilt of architecture and figures in a royal setting. The original iron handles on either side were originally gilded over the square escutcheons, this having worn away over time - these still operate perfectly to lift and move the chest easily. The rest of the surface is a smooth and ground red bole and red pigment surface, silky to the touch from years of wear and use. The lid opens over three original iron strap hinges to reveal a clean interior, the tills on either side having been removed at some point and leaving a simple open cavity.
The rich surface and angular form of this case would without doubt be a cherished object for a well designed interior, bringing depth, purity and visual interest to a space.
Measurements: 22 3/4” H x 48 3/4” W x 26 3/4” D
No key (locks untested). Original hardware (strap hinges, lock catch, iron lock, handles), missing one lock catch. Internal tills on both sides removed at one point. Surface worn with chipping, old cracks and scratches as expected from age appropriate wear.