KOREAN FURNITURE IDENTIFICATION.

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Hi all, what do you think about this chest? Also, I wonder whether the supports underneath were originally part of it? H: 47cm, W: 70, D: 32,5cm. Thanks for your insights! Hendrik Gheerardyn.

This chest is called a ‘Beoseonjang’ and was used to store small clothing such as socks. It’s made from red pine wood with original iron cast fittings. The leg design was common for this type of piece. The chest appears to have been cleaned but still retains a nice patina. It’s probably dated from the early to mid-20th century. Hereunder two photos of a similar chest in Korea.

I knew nothing about it but it absolutely intrigued me and I had to have it. I thought it would complement my Chinese money chest that is also elm. After researching, I realized it is Korean and not Chinese. I’ve been down a rabbit hole to find out more about it, but if anyone can give me more insight on this particular bandaji, I would be greatly appreciative. Stephen Butcher.

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Bought this in a on-line auction for 350 €. Hit or miss? Any age? Bought it as a vintage Korean chest. Henry Forsström

This chest is called “Ich’ung Jang” in Korea – 이층장. “Ich’ung” means two levels, and “Jang” is the Korean name for a cabinet. It was mainly used to store clothing in a women’s quarter. Made of pine and probably elm front panels with square-shaped white brass fittings. Drawer pullers with bat design. It has been widely restored and, as mentioned, would be classified as a vintage piece (from the mid to late 20th century). Two details struck us: the presence of a second row of drawers in the middle part. The original two-level chest only featured one row of drawers on the top of the cabinet, and two different drawer pulls designs were used. Usually, the same type of fittings was used on one chest.

Photo under an older similar piece from the Andong city Folk museum on Gyeongsang Do province in Korea. Probably early 20th century.

Two level chest. H. 149,8cm, W. 98,9cm, D. 44cm. Collection: Andong City Folk Museum.
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