Chests

Posted 2012-12-29

Chests in China are the most common pieces of furniture: the storage item par excellence.
Still widely used in the countryside, chests are sized according to their placement within the house: cabinet-chests are placed on top of cabinets; book-chests are larger and look more like small cabinets; kang-chests are small and placed on top of the kang bed.

Some are made of fragrant camphorwood which keeps away the insects and preserve clothes and bed sheets; others are made of more common woods: there are plain ones and painted ones.
Among antique Chinese furniture dealers, chests are sold as coffee tables, bedside cabinets or decorative items, pretty useful for keeping books, magazines or the kids’ toys!

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