Antique Big Chinese Apothecary


A distinguished historic apothecary chest from Qing Dynasty, Xi’an China.


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This over 200-year-old Chinese apothecary is a treasure trove of cultural, historical, and medicinal significance. It encapsulates the beauty of Chinese traditions, the resilience of ancient practices, and the wisdom embedded in centuries of healing knowledge. The apothecary is a tangible link to the past, preserving a slice of history within its walls. It might have witnessed and adapted to various historical events, political changes, and social transformations. The very existence of such an establishment underscores its ability to withstand the test of time.

This rare piece holds a profound beauty and value, not only in its physical aesthetics but also in its cultural and historical significance.

  1. Architectural Elegance: The beauty of such an apothecary lies in its architectural details. Intricate wooden carvings, traditional Chinese roofing, and delicate ornamentation showcase the craftsmanship of a bygone era. The patina of time adds a unique charm to the building, telling a story of centuries of use and history.
  2. Cultural Richness: These apothecaries are repositories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) knowledge, embodying centuries-old healing practices. The shelves lined with herbs, roots, and various medicinal substances reflect the deep-rooted cultural heritage of Chinese medicine. The ambiance itself serves as a bridge between the past and the present, connecting visitors to the wisdom of ancient healing traditions.

A beautiful reserved old Chinese Medicine cabinet was acquired from Shanxi province and used to store herbs and various medicines for over a century. The cabinet has been restored and relacquered. The cabinet has 2 separable parts: the top part consists of 35 small deep drawers and the bottom part consists of 3 bigger drawers. The variety of herbs names is still visible on the face of each drawer. This historic statement piece is certainly a focal point of any room.

Overall, this Vintage Multi Drawer Chinese Apothecary Medicine Cabinet is in good condition. It bears some marks and scratches throughout the woodwork, consistent with its age and history. The distressed paint finish adds to its vintage appeal. There is some cracking on the top surface of the cabinet; however, rest assured, it remains structurally sound. This delightful piece has been lovingly preserved, and its imperfections only serve to enhance its character and charm.

Country of Origin
c.1800 Shangdong Province,  China

Width 190cm x Depth 54cm x Height 162cm

Solid wood

Care Instructions
Clean with a soft cloth
Keep away from heat sources or direct sunlight

Delivery Details
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Additional information

Weight 45 kg
Dimensions 98 × 53 × 140 cm