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Antique Asian Cabinet
Antique Chinese Scholar's Cabinet dating from late 1800's or early 1900's. The cabinet is composed of thee sections that stack together. The front of the cabinet is highlighted with decorated black lacquer panels. The top section has a poem carved into the black lacquer and highlighted with gold paint. The bottom two sections are decorated with bamboo and garden motifs. The overall cabinet is in a medium brown lacquer.
The writing on this cabinet is not in Mandarin or Cantonese. It is written in an old Chinese style of writing that is no longer used.
The main poem on the two drawers is interesting because the right door is written from right to left, and the left door is written from left to write. Both are written from top down. This arrangement is because they were written as two phrases of a single poem, and this arrangement unifies the two halves.
The right hand door roughly translates as “I am reading (by?) the snow. I appreciate its beauty. I am by the fire (smoke) under the moon, drinking.” The smaller writing is the name of the writer.
The left hand door roughly translates as “I am on the (farmer’s?) mountain looking at water. I appreciate the beauty of the forest.” The smaller writing roughly translates as “I was painting (writing this) on the first day of the moon (i.e. month).”
On the other pair of doors with bamboo, the right hand verse roughly translates as “When I am looking, why ask the master?” This means, “I am just looking (at this beauty), I do not need to ask permission” or “I do not need to ask the master to look at the scenery”.
The left hand verse on by the bamboo roughly translates as “In or out, I can do as I wish”, which ties together with the right hand door.
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