"I inspected it all very closely and it is, in fact, all an original piece. The back, sides and interior all match and, in fact, by the way it is constructed, could not be separated without compromising the bottom or the top. Also,…"
"I agree. While the top and bottom are stylistically inconsistent as pointed out by Tom, the construction, tone of the wood, measurements (to the naked eye), indicate it is not a marriage as such. Complete design integrity from an aesthetic point of…"
"On the other hand, viewing it from the side, the top and bottom panels seem to be a match. It is the doors and the top piece which appear to be different...Added? Perhaps redesigned? Either way they look very nice together."
"In researching this I found the same type and color wood on a Chinese, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) cabinet. The glued-on appliques says late 1800s-early 1900s,or newer. The dovetail joinery has a modern design, last 100 years."
"Upper section with heads and flowers doesn't match the lower section. Rosettes in the corners don't match. Reeding (short vertical grooves/lines) doesn't match either. The design on the lower door panels look nothing like…"
"Those carved things are called "appliques" and have been around since the early 1700s. Originally, they were hand cut.
The dowel pegs on top indicate that something is missing, perhaps a marble top?
You show a carving of an Oriental man…"