During the British Empire in India and Burma (also known as the British Raj) much furniture was made in the British style, substituting far superior native hardwoods like teak and rosewood for European ones. Teak had the added benefit of repelling insects and moisture, so it was very good for storage cabinets. For protection of books and documents, it was ideal as subtle teak scent drove away moths as well as termites. Rattan was substituted for cloth upholstery, which grew moldy in the tropical humidity.
After independence many bookcases became mercantile cabinets, ideal for displaying imported boxed goods and keeping the packaging free of dust.
This piece has been lovingly restored. All drawers and doors operate smoothly and handles have been cleaned. The piece has been re-stained and waxed and is ready for many more years of use.
- Origin | Thailand
- Dimensions | 83"W x 15.5"D x 78.75"H
- Age | 1950's
- Material | Teak
- ID | 22M07007
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