Vintage Southeast Asian Cabinet/Armoire
This remarkable antique Chinese teak armoire / cabinet with exquisitely carved horses creates a grand style statement, and you will love ...
more This remarkable antique Chinese teak armoire / cabinet with exquisitely carved horses creates a grand style statement, and you will love the sophistication it adds to your home decor.
Express a distinct style and taste with this gorgeous piece that is in a class of its own, possessing all the impact and majesty you would hope for from the finest examples money can buy. It was hand built by artisans using traditional Chinese woodworking techniques. The exceptional construction and superb hand-carved decorations add to the visual intrigue of this enticing cabinet.
Its definition, structure and overall finish exemplify exclusive craftsmanship not often encountered, and it is even more stunning in person.
This piece is unique in its structural integrity and its perfect functionality, exhibiting blending of creative style balanced with careful proportion and scale. Not only does this majestic cabinet possess the aesthetic to die for; it is also an outstandingly versatile and practical choice, providing all the functionality and storage capacity you may need. It is meant to function within the realities of day-to-day living while allowing you to create a space that best amplifies your personal style.
Such exquisite antique Chinese pieces are highly sought after and are becoming exceedingly rare. This cabinet will comfortably meet the requirements of any discernible collector; it is also ideal for a savvy decorator looking an exquisite, timeless quality piece of huge character to position in the heart of their home. Its definition, structure, and beautiful aged patina exemplify the unique craftsmanship available from Asia and make a wonderful addition to any room in the house.
This hand-crafted armoire is sure to last for many decades to come, so it is every bit an investment as much as it is an exquisite museum-quality piece. It will become a treasured heirloom item for your family for future generations.
The architecture of a traditional Chinese home made no allowances for built-in closets. Closets are a Western innovation, and are still a rarity in Chinese societies from Hong Kong to Taipei to Beijing. Also, the Western concept of an armoire or a wardrobe cabinet did not exist in the Ming Dynasty China, as the Chinese would never hang clothes vertically inside a cupboard. Instead clothes and bed linens were laid flat inside a chest or cabinet, or hung on wooden racks. Dynastic robes were folded and stacked horizontally, rather than vertically on hangers.
The Chinese made cabinets in many varieties because they wanted and valued versatility, so cabinets became the primary storage facilities within a household. Large cabinets were used to store just about anything the master or mistress of a household wanted to keep secure and out of sight. Westerners have kept pace with this Chinese notion of versatility by using cabinets as entertainment centers.
Precious objects such as a porcelain vase or a root wood brush pot might be stored in a cabinet when not on display or being used. Cabinets were also used in the study to store books and writing implements, and in the kitchen for food and cooking utensils. Similarly, paintings were rolled up for storage in cabinets. These cabinets were usually located in the women's quarters or in reception rooms where official robes were kept. Such cabinets remain eminently functional and are much admired and sought after for their elegant shapes and ornamentation. The best examples combine the natural beauty of the wood grain with the design and degree of ornamentation.
Offered in very good vintage condition, especially considering its age and rarity. stands sturdy and secure; the quality and craftsmanship speak volumes. Minor signs of considerate use consistent with the normal, residential employment it has seen. The pictures are of the actual item you are purchasing, so please look at them closely to confirm its genuine, original condition and outstanding appearance, as they are part of the description. Comes from a clean, non-smoking, pet-free home. This rare piece represents spectacular value for money, and we have no doubt it will serve and delight its new owner for many years to come
Free local pick up by prior appointment on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm, or we can ship the item at your request. Please be courteous and ask for shipping charges before the purchase. We will not cancel the sale once you buy an item if you think shipping charges are too high.
We always describe our items to the best of our knowledge, including any substantial flaws and imperfections. However, condition assessment can be a subjective matter, and we can overlook something. Please remember that most of our items have been used, and it is common for antique and vintage items to show some wear and imperfections they have acquired over the years. This adds to their charm and character and authenticates their history, making them more desirable and collectible. You must be your own judge when deciding on the condition, and it is buyer’s responsibility to verify the condition before the purchase. You are encouraged to ask detailed questions concerning the item before your purchase. Please note that this item, like all our other items, is sold SOLD AS IS, in found condition. No refunds offered, no exceptions, unless the item was grossly misrepresented, in which case full refund will be given, minus the shipping cost.
All items must be paid for in full within 72 hours. Merchandise not picked up after 10 days from the date of purchase will be subject to daily storage fees, no exceptions, unless prior arrangements have been made. Items not picked up 30 days from the date of purchase will be considered “abandoned goods.” We are a small business and cannot afford storage fees.
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- 58.0ʺW × 23.5ʺD × 78.0ʺH
- Good Moderate wear and tear, but still has good years left
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- Estimated White Glove Shipping - $549
- Free Local Pickup in Maplewood, NJ
- Ask the seller if Local Delivery is available
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- Appropriate for large or fragile items.
- Costs range from $100 for smaller items delivered locally to $1,000+ for extra large items transported across the Continental United States. Final cost depends on the size of the items and the buyer's location.
- Local deliveries typically take about 2 weeks and longer distance deliveries typically take about 3-6 weeks.
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- Costs range from $9 to $299 and up, depending on the size and weight of the item.
- Delivery is typically 7-10 days
- Local Pickup
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- Local Delivery
- As a lower cost alternative, some of our sellers offer local curbside delivery within a limited geography around their location. The buyer must contact the seller within five business days of their purchase to coordinate a delivery date and time. Delays may result in additional charges.
- If additional labor is required to move the item inside or upstairs, buyers should make sure to plan accordingly.
- Returns & Cancellations
- Except for Local Pickup and Local Delivery, buyers have 48 hours after delivery to inspect their item(s) and contact email@example.com if they wish to return an item. There are no restocking fees, but we deduct outbound and return shipping charges from the buyer's original purchase price (+ taxes when applicable). Buyers may not be reimbursed for returns that are not received in original condition.