Antique Chinese Ming Kang Cabinet (5179), Circa 1800-1849
This authentic Antique Chinese cabinet is known as "Kang" cabinet in China. The cabinet is handcrafted in Ming style with traditional "Horse Hoof" legs and straight lines. There is a "secret compartment" underneath the three drawers (the place used for storing valuables in the old days). Copper Hardware. Intricate carvings of "Dragon and Scrolls" design decorate the front of the cabinet. The cabinet was handcrafted and structured with wooden pegs and tenon structure, which is the very traditional craftsmanship for furniture making in ancient China. Can be used as low coffee table, bench or even TV stand. Circa early 19th century. Made from Elm wood, the cabinet is very solid and has been kept in excellent condition. Original patina and wear.
- ("Kang": In the northern part of China, Kang is a brick-constructed (can be heated in winter) platform, served as a bed and couch. People sat on Kang with their legs either folded or hanging over the side. Furniture such as low-legged desks, tables and cabinets made specifically for the "Kang" accommodated the many activities that took place there. At night, the furniture would be moved to the side of the Kang, and bedding would be brought out for sleeping on the Kang's surface.)
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