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I would like to a valuation on a pair of red lacquered

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Hello there! I would like to a valuation on a pair of red lacquered Chinese wedding cabinets.
Assistant: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: They are presumably from the late 19th century, the late Qing dynasty. But I can't tell if they are originals or reproductions.
Assistant: Is there anything else the Appraiser should be aware of?
Customer: They are approximately 130cm high and have two doors opening on 5 fixed shelves

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
These are the two cabinets
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Here the shelves
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A detail of the painted decoration
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Another detail
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Here's a damage on one of the two cabinets
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What do you think?

This is an authentic pair of late Qing (1880) red lacquer wedding cabinets.

Red lacquer from this period being a combination of tung oil and cinnabar.

The wear to the gold is appropriate and the crackling in areas of the lacquer is commensurate with age.

The value of each cabinet is $3500 to $4000 retail.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much for this!

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