Black Iron Book Chest

Ca 1870, pine, Kyang Ki Do Province.  Sturdily built with thick metal fittings and hand-hammered nail decorations; certified.
24” h. 43¼” w. 15” d.

This chest is similar to a blanket chest (Bandaji) because of the way the door opens downward but it was actually used to store a scholar’s books.  It is sturdily built with thick metal fittings and hand-hammered nails, the kind of metalwork seldom seen in reproduction pieces of today.  The chest is small, but has the kind of structure, dignity and grace favored by Confucius-days literati.  Admired in Korea by an antique expert for its compact construction and thick metal decoration.  It would make an  interesting sofa-side or bed-side table.

 

 

Price: $2100