One of the most ingenious and beautiful designs of classic Chinese furniture is the round-corner tapered, wood-hinged cabinet. The four main stiles are recessed from the corner of the top and slope gently outward in a subtle, almost imperceptible splay. This simple design feature gives the cabinet its refined elegance and a sense of balance and stability. The doors, with extended dowels on both ends, fit into sockets in the cabinet frame members and act as hinges. Free from the necessity of applied hinges, the clean lines of the cabinet are not interfered with.
Round-corner tapered wood-hinged cabinets placed on stands may have been used exclusively in damp regions like the Jiangnan area, accounting in part for their rarity. Extant examples of pairs of round-corner tapered wood hinged cabinets on stands are exceedingly rare with only one published example to-date, a slightly shorterpair exhibited at Splendor of Style: Classical Furniture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, National Museum of History, Taipei, 1999, pp. 160-161.
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