Exceptional 19th Century Cinnabar Cabinet
This incredible example of Asian lacquer carving stands head and shoulders above nearly any piece it could be compared to, not only in terms of stature, but artistry as well. Standing over seven feet tall, this monumental display shelf was produced in Japan at the tail end of the Edo period, circa 1860. It features remarkable, detailed carving rivaling anything produced in Japan or China during any period. Unusually, this cabinet has been carved in the Chinese style, featuring many elements of Ming Dynasty carving from the Jiangxi area. Unlike a Chinese piece of similar quality, however, this design features three-clawed dragons, endemic to Japanese designs, over the imperial five-clawed dragons that would certainly appear on a piece of this caliber crafted in china. In addition, this cabinet features numerous scenes and floral motifs, all brilliantly carved to an intricate and fully-carved ground.
In consideration of the age and history of this piece it is in quite good condition; there are a few small losses to and age-related cracks in the black lacquering on the shelves, as well as occasional small losses and repairs to cinnabar elements, all typical of a piece of this age.
Measures 88"H 50.5W 19.5D