While all Chinese furniture-makers of this period are anonymous, this cupboard displays all the characteristics of late Ming furniture.

A storage cupboard of this type would have been made for domestic use, possibly for storing books. It is constructed of huanghuali, a close-grained hardwood related to the rosewood family, and huamu wood. The quality of craftsmanship is exquisite.


Nicholas Grindley.

Burrell Collection

Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT
0141 287 2550

Opening times

The Burrell Collection is closed for refurbishment and will reopen in 2020.

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