Ming & Qing Dynasty

Apothecary Medicine Chest with 45 Drawers


A Chinese Qing Dynasty apothecary / pharmacy medicine chest.
Front in original red oxblood lacquer with 45 drawers (42 small drawers + 3 larger drawers at the bottom). Each drawer with hand written Chinese calligraphy in black lacquer.  These were used to store and organise Chinese herbs and the drawers were labeled according to the herbs that were stored inside. Previously in China, the doctor and pharmacist were the same person and the medicine chest was used for storage of minerals and herbs that were included in natural medicine.
A statement piece in original red lacquer with beautiful age-related patina.
China, Shanxi Provinse 1850-1870.

NB: This piece was originally one out of a pair.
See the other one here: SKU: 105015

More Information
SKU 104989
Origin China
Year 1850-1870
Measurements H: 164 | W: 132 | D: 49
Material Lacquered wood
Color China
Location This item is located in our external warehouse, Kastrup, Copenhagen
Style Qing


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