These dramatic jewelry chests are finished in a black matte lacquer, accented with antiqued reddish grains, and adorned with hundreds of hand-carved Chinese characters! Note the beautiful engraving on the brass hardware. A perfect place to hide away your personal treasures, and a unique addition to your Chinese home decor. This collection of fine Chinese home accents are hand-crafted by artisans working in the age-old tradition of China's Fujian Province, known worldwide for its dazzling lacquer-ware and wood carving.
Built with Philippine mahogany and elm wood, this set of oriental jewelry boxes feature an indigenous Fujian lacquering style which uses seven carefully polished layers of lacquer-tree sap to create a complex, beautiful, and sturdy surface; each piece is then antique-finished for a gorgeous authentic look. The resulting surface has a matte finish, uncommon among Chinese lacquer furniture, which is usually quite brilliant.
This set of oriental jewelry boxes are based on traditional designs steeped in ancient Asian history, and exhibit many common natural and cultural motifs, often adapted from ancient and beloved Asian art. Because of Fujian's proximity to Japan, many of these designs show a Japanese influence. For instance, many of these pieces depict a geisha, a celebrated symbol of Japan. Other motifs include birds, animals, and flowers, all of which are meaningful in Buddhist and Confucian-influenced cultures. The painted panels also often include lines of calligraphy and red seals; these have often traditionally been included in Chinese paintings, and many tell stories or poems, adding a lyrical element to the simple beauty of the artwork.
- Set includes 2 round top wooden jewelry boxes
- Hand carved
- Black and red antiqued lacquer finish
- Philippine mahogany and elm wood construction
- Engraved genuine brass hardware
- Hand - crafted
- Overall dimensions: 10"H x 17"W x 11"D