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Vintage Chinese Carved Camphor wood Trunk Coffer C1950

Vintage Chinese Carved Camphor wood Trunk Coffer C1950 | Ref. no. 07610 Sold

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This is a stunning Vintage Chinese camphor wood trunk, circa 1950 in date. There is no mistaking its unique quality and design and it will soon become the centrepiece of your furniture collection.

Elaborately detailed, the trunk has been crafted from camphor wood and features exquisite  carved relief decoration showing scenes typical of Chinese life in the past.

A lot of intricate detailing has gone into the creation of this beautiful trunk, note the wonderful  floral decoration which has been accomplished by hand carving the camphor wood.

Camphorwood was used in the manufacture of travelling trunks as the wonderful scent given off by the wood discouraged insects, and kept them away.



This gorgeous Vintage trunk is in extremely good condition and has been well cared fo,  please see photographs to confirm condition.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 57 x Width 105 x Depth 52

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 10 inches x Width 3 feet, 5 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches

is a large evergreen tree that grows up to 20–30 metres tall.
 The leaves have a glossy, waxy appearance and smell of camphor when crushed. In spring it produces bright green foliage with masses of small white flowers. It produces clusters of black berry-like fruit around 1cm in diameter. It has a pale bark that is very rough and fissured vertically.

Cinnamomum camphora is native to China south of the Yangtze RiverTaiwanJapanKorea, and Vietnam, and has been introduced to many other countries.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 07610