Antique Asian Furniture: Apothecary or Medicine Cabinet from China

Item #CS1013
Sale price:$0.00
Approximate Age: circa 1850-1900
Origin: China
Material:Wood (Mu)
Dimensions:Width: 46.5" (118cm)
Depth:  20.5" (52cm)
Height: 79" (200.5cm)
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Antique Chinese Apothecary or Medicine Cabinet


An amazing find-a 60 drawer antique tall apothecary cabinet with paper labels. Eight rows of seven drawers, with each drawer being able to be further divided into four sections, plus the bottom row with four larger drawers, this cabinet offers 228 separate compartments! Each drawer has a brass pull.

Apothecary cabinets are also referred to as medicine cabinets and herb cabinets. The traditional use was similar. Medicinal herbs and items were placed in the separate compartments of each drawer and labeled for easy reference. Often the label on the front of each drawer noted the type of herb, the taste of the herb (sweet, tart, bitter, etc.) and what ailment it intended to cure-stomach aches, muscle pain, etc. This cabinet must have been in use recently, because it also has modern paste-on labels on the drawers These may be removed.

This Chinese apothecary cabinet also features a upper open compartment-perhaps a place for books or large jars. While it is rustic in appearance and finish, it is sturdy in construction, using the mortise and tenon technique for the cabinet and the drawers.

Today this apothecary cabinet can still be used to store various items in the kitchen, an office, a business or even as a large jewelry chest or just as a wonderful piece of art to any room.

In 2013, it appeared in the Tibetan monastery scenes of the Paramount Pictures' movie "G.I. Joe: Retaliation".

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