This coffer from the Hebei province resembles the house architecture of the province i.e. sturdy and bold. It is referred to as ” Beijing Buffet” and has retained much of the natural tree lacqured finish. While most coffers have hidden compartments, this piece combines coffer designs with ample storage and an open, interior cavity with three top drawers. A removable center stile, designed during the Ming Dynasty is a mere decoration then functional. Somewhat unusual is the original brassware, much heavier than the metal that that replaces these pieces and is circular in design. Two unique characteristics of this coffer are the extended flange ends and beautifully carved spandrels.