Ca 1880, persimmon, Kyang Ki Do Province. Rare finding after war; exceptional construction complimented by wood and brass fittings; certified. 73½” h. 39¼” w. 23½” d.
This rare chest comes in three pieces and was used to store military officer’s uniforms and clothing. The top section consists of three drawers at the top, a big storage compartment with latticed doors below for bulky uniforms, and a storage compartment for smaller clothing items behind swivel doors. The next section is a narrow storage compartment behind a pair of doors. These two sections sit on a long drawer that constitutes the last section.
The front panels are made of the highly decorative persimmon wood, using its spectacular dark grain figuration against its light-colored background to produce balanced mirror images that resemble paintings. Beautiful brass fittings compliment the persimmon front panels. The side panels of the chest are made of pine. A military officer’s chest as beautifully constructed as this one is rare. It must have belonged to a general.
This rare chest is certified by a Professor of Korean History and Antiquity.