fine c19th chinese export decorated leather and brassbound camphor trunk

Fine C19th Chinese export decorated leather and brass-bound camphor trunk.



Item Ref

ML 1904


Fine C19th Chinese export decorated leather and brass-bound camphor trunk .
Highly decorative Chinese dark green leather-covered trunk painted with vignettes and scenes of Chinese life and trailing floral and leaf decoration .
The whole with brass bindings , studs and fitted with carrying handles to the ends . The unlined interior revealing the well-figured and perfumed camphor wood construction, fitted with a hinged brass stay .
The front with the original square brass escutcheon plate and brass ring handle to the lid and fitted with it's original lock (key lacking) .
The highly decorative and hand-painted decoration with some atmospheric wear and loss . The leather with some marks , scratches and wear commensurate with age , use and purpose.
Leather and brass-bound camphor trunks of this type of varying sizes and decoration , were produced in the Canton area of China for export to the West to serve as both coaching or travelling trunks and storage chests , the perfumed aroma of the camphor being repellent to insects and infestation thus protecting the contents. This example still retaining a particularly fragrant scent when opened .
In good original condition with superb decorative presence. The brass has been sympathetic cleaned and the leather waxed .
Would make a stunning coffee table or storage at the end of a bed , to add an exotic Oriental accent to an interior scheme.
* (For similar examples see "The Decorative Arts of The China Trade" Carl L. Crossman Colour plate 94 ).
H 19"
W 41"
D 20"
China c. 1840
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Internal Ref: ML 1904


Height = 48 cm (19")
Width = 95 cm (38")
Depth = 50 cm (20")

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