New Arrival

  |  September 26, 2014


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DOUBLE OR NOTHING!

   18th C. cabinet from Gansu Province, China
  18th C. cabinet from Gansu Province, China

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.

The cabinet doors are painted with symbols called 'double happiness'  
The cabinet doors are painted with symbols called 'double happiness'
 

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
Gansu Province, China
18th C.
Painted and lacquered pine wood
39" W x 17.5 D" x 37" H
$12,950

 

Part of a much larger collection of antique Chinese furniture available exclusively at PRIMITIVE. For more information or to purchase, please contact a Client Advisor at 312-575-9600 or email info@beprimitive.com.

 

Part of a much larger collection of antique Chinese furniture
This cabinet is part of a much larger collection of antique Chinese furniture available exclusively at PRIMITIVE
 
Please contact a Client Advisor for more details, or to make an appointment call 1-312-575-9600
To view similar items from our collection -- Follow links for Cabinets and Gansu Province Furniture
 

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