Circa late 19th century Black lacquer over elmwood
This Chinese apothecary chest has a total of 45 drawers. Forty four of these are divided into 4 separate compartments while the two at bottom are each divided into 3 compartments.
At the front of each drawer Chinese characters are painted that identify the content of the compartment it represents.
The characters are read counter clockwise beginning at the left hand side identifying content of the 4th and last compartment of the drawer, the characters top the 3rd compartment, the tag at left the 2nd compartment and the characters at bottom the first compartment at the front of the drawer.
Dimensions: Height: 53 1/2 Width: 21 1/4 Depth: 20 ½ inches