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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    18th century

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquer on wooden core, gilt metal details

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Palmer Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A square-cornered miniature display and storage cabinet of carved red lacquer, with five asymmetrically arranged shelves, three drawers and a two-door cupboard at the lower right. The rear of the cabinet is carved with an eight-point star diaper, framed by a band of huiwen. The top is carved with floral scrolls, framed by a band of eight-point star diaper. All edges of the top, sides and frames of the shelves, drawers and doors are carved with archaistic squared scrolls. The shelves are framed on all sides by edging carved with swirling clouds. The side panels, door and drawer fronts are carved with figure subjects. The insides of the shelves, drawers and cupboard are lacquered plain black. The drawer pulls, hinges and caps to the feet are in gilt metal. The narrow apron on all four sides is carved with a wan diaper.

Place of Origin

China (made)


18th century



Materials and Techniques

Lacquer on wooden core, gilt metal details


Width: 37.5 cm, Depth: 17 cm, Height: 54.5 cm

Object history note

From the Palmer Collection. According to registration records, this object has 'a traditional unsubstantiated provenance to the Summer Palace, Peking'. The Summer Palace refers to the imperial summer retreat Yuanmingyuan, located north of Beijing. Yuanming yuan was destroyed by British and French troops during the Second Opium War in 1860. Whether this object came from Yuanmingyuan is difficult to verify.

Descriptive line

Red lacquer display cabinet, China, 18th century


Lacquer; Wood; Gilt metal




East Asia Collection

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