Korean Rice Chest with Zelkova Panels

Mid 19th C, pine and zelkova, Kyung Ki Do Provence.  Made from valued wood; has coin wealth motif lock-plate; certified.
32” h. 34½” h. 22¼” d.

Originally this chest was lacquered a dark color but stripped and left the way it is in the Korean warehouse when the beautiful wood grain of the highly prized zelkova is revealed.  This  grain pattern provides a decorative touch to an otherwise ordinary but essential piece of furniture in a Korean household.  Rice was the staple of the Korean diet.  A Yi or Chosen family’s income was measured in rice.

The top of the chest lifts up three-quarters of the way from the front with no hinges.  It has ample storage space inside, all the way to behind the two side-by-side small decorative recessed panels.  The two sides of the chest also show the beautiful wood grain of the zelkova.  The iron lock-plate on this chest has two carved coin motifs, denoting wealth.  Since zelkova wood was valued in Korea so this spacious rice chest was likely made for a rich Korean family.  It survived in excellent condition.  It has such a clean but decorative pattern it would look great in any contemporary room today.

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