Offered by: Tishu
By appointment only Atlanta, GA 30327 , United States Call Seller 305.400.0561


Large Striking Korean Ton-Kwe Chest Persimmon Wood Joseon Dynasty

$ 7,600
  • Description
    A large Korean top-lid chest on block feet circa late 19th century Joseon Dynasty. Known as coin chest (Ton-Kwe in Korean), this type of chest was originally used for storing money. The larger versions were probably used to store other valuables. They were always made with strong hardwood and heavy-duty cast iron hardware and lock plate for the obvious reason. The chest on offer is a rare and striking example of Ton-Kwe made completely from solid persimmon wood (Kam Namu in Korean). Rarely used in the west, the hard wood was grown in East Asia and priced for its large linear ebony grains that appears as abstract ink strokes. The chest was fitted with heavy the iron hinges, fishtail brackets and lock plates. Their rustic raw texture forms a beautiful contrast with the smooth lacquered wood surface. With its minimalistic rectangular form and the striking dark grains in abstract strokes, it appears strangely modern as an object of art that defies time. The interior retains the paper lining of ink calligraphy, but this was mostly likely from a later period.
  • More Information
    Origin: South Korea
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Wood and iron
    Condition: Good. Beautiful antique condition with attractive patina and expected age-related wear such as nicks, dumps, crack and scratch lines throughout the piece. The interior is lined with paper, which is mostly intact. No lock.
    Creation Date: lat 19th century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 669856
  • Dimensions
    W. 47.25 in; H. 16 in; D. 21.5 in;
    W. 120.02 cm; H. 40.64 cm; D. 54.61 cm;
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