DOUBLE OR NOTHING!
In 18th century China a young couple married. Most of their village attended. At the wedding they received specially marked red envelopes filled with money, a traditional Chinese custom. They also received one unusual gift, a special cabinet crafted by the bride’s uncle, a humble carpenter. The piece, he said, wasn’t only a reminder of their commitment. It would, he assured them, double their joy, happiness and prosperity.
This week’s New Arrival features a dowry cabinet from Gansu Province, China. On its face are symbols called “Double Happiness,” which appeared long ago on the red wedding envelopes. In old China, they symbolized happiness in marriage. Now, they mean anyone can double their happiness. Time and use have weathered this cabinet, but not its message; and along the way elevated it to a meaningful, authentic, collectible antique.
Cabinet with Double Happiness Motifs
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