Early California Antiques

Red and Gold Camphor Wood and Painted Studded Leather Chest on a Stand circa 1900

Regular price $550.00

Very elegant on its stand. The trunk itself measures 13 1/4" high  x 17"  wide x 31 1/4" long and the whole stands 29 1/4" tall.

Because of its resistance to insects as well as its attractive grain patterns, camphor wood (Cinnamomum camphora) has long been used for making wardrobes and storage chests. Camphor is a large evergreen tree of the laurel family. It frequently grows to huge proportions approaching 50 meters in height with trunks reaching 5 meters in diameter. It is widely distributed south of the Yangzi River including Hainan Island, with the largest concentrations found in Taiwan, followed by Jiangxi and Fujian.

The pale sapwood of camphor is clearly distinguished from the heartwood, whose reddish-brown color is typically figured with darker reddish striations. The fragrance of camphor is intense after freshly cut, and its strong scent does not diminish with time. 

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