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Late Qing Dynasty gilt decorated red lacquered opium bed with wood and ivory inlaid panels
This is a Chinese red lacquered opium daybed from the late Qing Dynasty (late 19th/early 20th century). The most unique feature of this piece are the side panels decorated with marquetry artwork using wood and bone/ivory depicting birds, trees, flowers, etc. The marquetry inlay seems to have been made on huanghuali wood panels. In addition, in the center of the back there are also gilt decorated reticulated panels. The seat is woven rattan. The front apron has gilt decorated relief carvings of a pair of Chinese phoenix (Fenghuang) on each side, centered by a Qilin with body of a deer and head of a dragon. Flowers and leaves are also seen around them. The daybed is 83" long, 38" wide, 38" high and is quite heavy. It comes with a red cushion and a pair of red bolster pillows. The side panels can be removed to convert it into a Kang table.
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