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Welcome to our marketplace here at Vinterior. Take a tour of our online marketplace and you will find many different types of furniture for sale. From antiques to more modern pieces and everything in between, our traders and boutiques have all bases covered to make your furniture shopping effortless. One item of furniture you’ll easily find on our marketplace is the Chinese cabinet. These cabinets are a fantastic addition to any dining room to store your best china, or place one in a living space to capture attention and be admired. Browse through our current listings to discover an eye-catching array of Chinese cabinets.
Why choose a Chinese cabinet?Chinese cabinets are, of course, functional storage units. Yet the styling and appearance of Chinese cabinets is often quite different from that of a British or European cabinet. Often they include illustrations, artwork and intricate detailing that you would not find on a European antique. Entire scenes are frequently depicted on cabinetry with precious stones and intricate metalwork not only utilised on hinges and handles but even woven into the artwork itself.
Over the centuries, the trends in Chinese antiques has, of course, evolved and changed. And this can be seen in the type of palette used during different periods of time. Blacks, dark greens and deep reds may be found on cabinets from the late 19th and early 20th century, while lighter colours were more prevalent in previous generations. In places you will find flowers added to cabinets and these images may need brighter colours such as pinks, golds and yellows.
In most cases, these cabinets are made with rosewood or redwood. The bold red colour can sometimes be left in its natural state or it can be lacquered. On other occasions, the wood is carved with ornate detail to be admired. Sometimes the carving can be extensive and cover the whole cabinet.
The benefits of buying a Chinese cabinetThere are a lot of benefits to buying a Chinese cabinet. When you buy one, you don’t just buy an aesthetically beautiful item to enhance a room. You also buy into another culture and its history. Unlike a modern flat-pack cabinet, choosing an antique piece means adding character and a new narrative to your home – something that will certainly make for a conversation starter when you invite guests round to visit.
Hand in hand, this means that your Chinese cabinet is a unique item. We often find ourselves owning the same items of furniture as our neighbours and friends but by buying a unique piece such as a Chinese cabinet, you can guarantee that won’t be the case. It will be something only you get to enjoy every day.
It is worth remembering that choosing to buy older items of furniture is also good for the environment. Rather than adding to the demand for new items made from new materials, you can find a place in your home for a heritage piece rather than draining natural resources by purchasing a newly manufactured item.