Subject:Re: Mysterious Cabinet with Detailed Carving
Posted By: Suzume Sat, May 01, 2021
That's a very nice cabinet. It's definitely Chinese.
Those panels look like the sorts you would get decorating some houses. The question is: are they old ones taken from houses and mounted into this piece or are they just "in the style of". Some closer and more detailed pics might help.
It doesn't look terribly old (1970s would be about right) but that doesn't necessarily mean that the panels themselves aren't. Again, closer photos are required.
I would guess that this was made for western tourists as opposed to actually being made "for the Chinese" and its purpose would be that of any other cabinet.
Hope this helps,