An exceptional early 19th century* chinoiserie cabinet on stand.
Both doors are decorated with the whimsical interpretation of the ‘India’ taste so fashionable at the time, with the rare subject of figures in the sky carrying bows and arrows, astride hoho birds flying over pagodas, rockwork, trees and figures. One of the latter is playing a musical instrument, seated in a small cart being pulled along by two mythical animals in harness.
Internally the hinged doors are finely decorated with an exotic bird, and a man holding a firearm, both within ogee cartouches, and opening to reveal numerous superbly-detailed lacquered fitted drawers. The fine mounts are all engraved and original throughout. Retaining period steel key, the original lock and bolts.
The sides are well decorated with Chinese rockwork, pagodas and a huntsman with his bow and arrow. The whole chinoiserie antique (sometimes referred to as lacquer) is raised on the original stand with open-fretwork gilt brackets.
In excellent, almost entirely original condition, retaining soft rich colours throughout.
*See Herbert Ceszinsky ‘English furniture of the eighteenth century’ vol 1, pp. 218 & 219 figs. 227 & 228 – vis imports into England dated 1760-1770. Our piece on offer here could be late 18th c.
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