A Late 19th century camphor wood campaign dressing chest of four drawers with moulded panel fronts and brass furniture. The corners have carved details, the sides have carry handles and the chest is set upon lion claw feet. Atop the chest are four small stepped drawer and a mirror with carved fans and foliage fretwork. This is a Chinese export attributed to Sui Kee Chan, Hong Kong.
Campaign or Military furniture was popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, when military campaigns took place during the expansion of the British Empire. British officers of high social standing would carry the pieces around with them for home comforts and storage, piecing them back together for use. Camphor wood was used in campaign furniture due to its durable density and insect repellent properties.
Late 19th Century Chinese Export Campaign Camphor Wood Chest