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Large Antique Chinese Camphor Wood Trunk China circa 1875

A large antique Chinese camphor wood trunk with the original lacquer finish from the Kuang Hsu period in China circa 1875. The scale of this trunk and the unusual arrangement of the hinges placed on the top of the trunk are unique features that make this piece highly desirable. The original metal clasp remains mounted on the front of the trunk and is sited in the middle of a bold backplate that is square in shape. Please note that the shaped clasp is on a hinge and when lowered allows a metal pin to be threaded through the two raised open half moon sections to secure the top and bottom from being opened. This trunk was originally made to be opened and closed every day as evidenced by the fact that the hinges are placed two-thirds of the way toward the back on the top. This enables the front section to be opened and laid back against the wall while items are placed within the interior storage space or removed. The beautiful patina of the lacquer with the wear attendant upon its daily usage is fully visible and adds texture to the overall appearance of this trunk. The material is camphor wood with its subtle and distinctive scent that is known the world over for its repellant property against insects. This piece is an attractive artifact from nineteenth century China that retains its function for a twenty-first century interior today.

# CMA05

DIMENSIONS

50.00" w x 23.50" d x 22.00" h

127.00cm w x 59.69cm d x 55.88cm h

A large antique Chinese camphor wood trunk with the original lacquer finish from the Kuang Hsu period circa 1875. The scale of this trunk and the unusual arrangement of the hinges placed on the top of the trunk are unique features that make this piece highly desirable. The original metal clasp remains mounted on the front of the trunk and is sited in the middle of a bold backplate that is square in shape. Please note that the shaped clasp is on a hinge and when lowered allows a metal pin to be threaded through the two raised open half moon sections to secure the top and bottom from being opened. This trunk was originally made to be opened and closed every day as evidenced by the fact that the hinges are placed two-thirds of the way toward the back on the top. This enables the front section to be opened and laid back against the wall while items are placed within the interior storage space or removed. The beautiful patina of the lacquer with the wear attendant upon its daily usage is fully visible and adds texture to the overall appearance of this trunk. The material is camphor wood with its subtle and distinctive scent that is known the world over for its repellant property against insects. This piece is an attractive artifact from nineteenth century China that retains its function for a twenty-first century interior today.