KOREAN FURNITURE IDENTIFICATION.

If you wish to know more about your items, and want us to examine your pictures and give you more detailed information about your item origin, or if your item is real antique or not, Do not hesitate to contact us by email at: tortuebangkok@gmail.com. Send us photos to assist in identifying your pieces. Precise […]

EVOLUTION OF FURNITURE SHAPES DURING THE LATE JOSEON DYNASTY.

Analyzing the evolution of Korean furniture shapes during the Joseon dynasty is no easy task, given the lack of documentation and pieces available today.However, the study of a large number of photos from various Korean museums allows us to make the following observations:In Asia, in general, and unlike European furniture, emperors did not impose new […]

KOREAN ANTIQUE FURNITURE MARKET TRENDS.

Since the inception of this blog, we have consistently monitored auctions featuring Korean furniture. Geographically, the majority of these sales take place in the USA, Europe, and Korea. Concurrently, we also review the inventories of dealers specializing in Asian furniture. As dealers, we established a gallery in Bangkok, Thailand specializing in Asian furniture, with a […]

THE FURNITURE LOCK.

When you buy antique Korean furniture, it’s rare for it to come with a padlock. In fact, padlocks have either disappeared, or if they were of good quality, they were sold separately to enthusiasts. In the book “Korean Style,” which focuses on the interiors of Korean homes, a fine collection of padlocks is presented From […]

KOREAN FURNITURE WITH MODIFIED DESIGNS.

Our exploration of the various collections housed in Korean furniture museums has enabled us to identify furniture with distinctive designs. Feature image: Described as a clothing chest. Period Japanese occupation, early 20th century.H. 121,5cm, W. 88cm, D. 39cm.Also called a Jeongju wardrobe, this chest is from Jeongju city, capital of North Jeolla province DOCUMENT & […]

THE SMALL DISPLAY CABINET.

This small piece of furniture is rarely described in publications, both in Korea and abroad. It is quite special, and we thought it would be interesting to present it. Hardly ever found in specialized galleries or at auctions, our observations are based on photographic documents from private collections or museums in Korea. Often finely executed, […]

KOREAN COLLECTIONS IN CANADA.

THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM. 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Canada.  Research & Catalog Publication: The Korean Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum 12 Building the Royal Ontario Museum’s Korean Collection 16 PLATES Archeology 25 Glazed Ceramics 61 Painting & Calligraphy 101 Craft & Sculpture 215 Costume 241 Others 277 Palanquin Chair (Choheon) 초헌의자. Joseon, Late 18th […]

A BIT OF HISTORY. THE JOSEON DYNASTY.

AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDY OF THE JOSEON DYNASTY. Joseon 조선 in Korean, 朝鮮 in Hanja, or Chosŏn, officially Great Joseon State (대조선국; 大朝鮮國, was the last dynastic kingdom of Korea, lasting just over 500 years. It was founded by Yi Seong-gye in July 1392 and replaced by the Korean Empire in October 1897. The kingdom was founded following the aftermath of the overthrow of Goryeo in what is today the city of Kaesong. […]

ILLUSTRATED VOCABULARY OF TRADITIONAL KOREAN FURNITURE

JOSEON – 조선 : Last Korean dynasty ( 1392 to 1910 ). Also referred as Yi or Choson Dynasty. THE KOREAN HOUSE HANOK – 한옥 : Korean traditional house. Hanok were first designed and built in the 14th century during the Joseon dynasty. ANCHAE – 안채 : is a section of a Korean traditional house that is reserved […]

CASE STUDIES.

In this chapter, we study furniture in depth in order to better estimate their precise origin and carry out accurate dating. “SUNG SUN I” BANDAJI. This piece of furniture, bought in China in the mid-90s, probably came from North Korea. In the late ’80s, many pieces circulated between North Korea and China via the northern […]