A gold glittering Chinese piece of furniture hand made and hand painted.
Rectangular lightweight black and gold lacquer wooden box with a hinged top that props up to become a mirror. The top of the box is painted with two medallions surrounded by a field of flowers and foliage. The large central medallion on the top is a garden scene and the smaller one is of a goldfish with big bulging eyes. The drawer fronts, back, and around the medallions are covered with foliage and blossoms. The designs are painted in black over gold lacquer, which really stands out nicely.
The drawers are painted inside with red lacquer. The sides of the drawers are painted black. The outside of the box is painted with a rich gold lacquer. The mirror frame is also painted with flowers. The mirror edge is beveled. The back of the mirror is black and the compartment is painted red. The box has a nice soft shiny feel.
The fixtures are of brass and bronze. The bronze handles on the side show remnants of gilding. Brass pulls of butterflies on the top and drawer pulls. Metal lock plates on the drawers protect the keyholes.
12 5/8” long x 9 ½” wide x 7 ½” tall (closed). 15 ¼” tall open. Weighs 6 lb 10.4 oz
There is some lacquer loss on the front base and some wear by the pulls. There are some small chips in the lacquer by and inside drawers and mirror, as well as some small chips on edges. A crack from side to side underneath. The box shows very well.
A piece of Chinese furniture with gold and shine. An outstanding piece.