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Westeners might call them armoires or wardrobes, but the large Chinese cabinet showed more versatility than a mere closed replacement. It was used to store clothing and bedding but also just about anything the master or mistress of a househould wanted to keep secure and out of sight. Precious objects such as a porcelain vase were sometimes stored in the cabinet when not on display or being used. Big cabinets come in 2 categories : (1) tapered shape, usually with a removable center post between the doors, and (2) rectangular.