This is an original lacquered Sideboard From Dongbei (Manchuria) and was made in the 1920's. Dong means East - Bei means North - the region of their origin. These were used in a similar way to altar tables. Usually a family ancestor portrait would be hung above. Joss sticks were lit daily & placed on the top, for the well being of the household.
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"Lacquered furniture is generally low maintenance and easy to care for. The following advice will help you to understand how to prolong the life of your lacquered furniture. Oriental lacquer can be clear or coloured. This provides a durable finish which protects wood and is very low maintenance. A regular dust with a soft, dry micro-fibre cloth will remove finger-prints and smears. Simply flick dust away, rather than rubbing hard which can cause minor hairline scratches over time. For spillages, wipe with a slightly damp cloth or sponge, using a mild detergent if necessary. Once dry, buff gently with a micro-fibre cloth. To restore the patina use an everyday spray silicone polish. Other polishes or waxes can be used, but these will not offer any more protection than a general spray polish."