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A Set of Chinese Camphor Wood Traveling Trunks, 19th Century.

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A Set of Chinese Camphor Wood Traveling Trunks,

19th Century.


These trunks are late 19th century made of leather-covered camphor wood. Handpainted watercolours in Chinoiserie design.


Dimensions:  The stack measures 40 1/2 inches x 28 inches x 18 deep.


Bottom Trunk: 12 inches high x 28 inches wide x 18 inches deep

Second from bottom: 11 inches high x 25 1/2 inches wide x 15 3/4 inches deep

Third from bottom: 10 inches high x 23 3/4 inches wide x 15 inches deep

Top Trunk: 7inches high x15 inches wide x 9 inches deep



Carl Crossman in The Decorative Arts of The China Trade quoted Osmond Tiffany of Boston in 1844: we hear sounds of hammers and the grating of saws, smell camphor wood strongly, and find ourselves in the carpenter;s square. Three or four streets, joined together and forming a parallelogram, are wholly occupied by artisans. Here they are making every variety of furniture, working well and cheaply. The most conspicuous articles are the camphor wood trunks, so admirably adapted for keeping woolens secure from insects....


Reference: The Decorative Arts of The China Trade, Carl L. Crossman, Page 251-253.