Stunning vintage asian black lacquer mother of pearl inlay jewelry cabinet/chest. This beautiful multi drawer jewelry cabinet has some highly intricate details. The front has an ocean scene with fish and coral. There are inlays of mother of pearl throughout the design. There's lacquer in orange and yellow on the right side and the left side, the coral color is gone I'm not sure if it chipped away, or what.
The bottom drawer features filigree designs and flowers. Around the edges of the doors and drawer, are red lacquered diamonds with MOP borders. The top of the cabinet shows 2 dragons in the clouds. And the sides depict an eagle on a tree branch and on the other, a peacock among flowers. The back is lacquered black as well as the bottom.Behind the 2 doors is a collection of drawers. There are 4 small drawers on top and 1 long drawer that have their own little design as well. There are a few flaws with this piece. As mentioned, the coral design on the left is void of color. There's some additional cracking in the mother of pearl shell in the rest of the scenes. Most notably is the eagle. It appears he's missing a piece of his back end. The brass knob tabs on the bottom drawer behind the door are missing. The hinges are also not functioning at 100%. They still hold the doors and keep them closed, but the top of the doors sag a little and the nails are loose, mainly in the top 2 hinges. The hinges are also slightly bent. Being a metalsmith, I did attempt a minor repair. The hinge on the left is broken, so there's now an alternative solution to keep it closed.
I used a bit of half hard sterling silver wire to make a temporary piece. (I only work in sterling and gold) I would say, if a repair will be attempted, it shouldn't be very complicated.
It just needs thicker nails and a lacquer job, honestly. After the hinges are flattened back out, of course.
The box measures approximately 9.5" x 8" x 5. Please note there may be other flaws I may have missed. The item "Vintage Asian 1950's Black Lacquer Mother Of Pearl Inlay Jewelry Cabinet/Chest" is in sale since Tuesday, March 19, 2019.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Chinese\Boxes". The seller is "warriorpoetm25" and is located in Winchester, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.