OUR COLLECTION

COLLECTION “ANTIKASIA”

The acquisition of our first piece of Korean furniture dates back to the mid-80s when we lived in Seoul.

From the outset, we were captivated by the beauty of the architecture and the extensive use of wood, a crucial material in Korean craftsmanship. Their furniture, often rustic and crafted from a variety of woods, possessed a distinct character that set it apart from pieces found in neighboring countries like China or Japan.

Following our departure from Korea in the early 90s, we continued our frequent visits to the country in search of more unique pieces. Over the course of many years, we had the privilege of meeting collectors, dealers, and restorers who contributed to deepening our knowledge on this subject.

The pieces featured in this post comprise both our personal collection and items sold through our antiques business. The latter are designated as “Private Collection”.

BANDAJI

BLANKET CHEST – BANDAJI
Elm wood front, Pine back and sides. Iron fittings.
Pakchon area, Pyongan Do province. Late 19th century.
H. 103cm, W. 107cm, D. 47cm.
The metalwork is finely wrought and unusually thick.
The central metal piece is a South Gate motif.

Collection ANTIKASIA.

BLANKET CHEST
Red pine wood, iron fittings, oil finish.

Gyeongsang province. Korea. Late 19th century.
H. 83cm, W. 114cm, D. 47cm.
Collection ANTIKASIA
BLANKET CHEST
Pine wood, iron fittings, Oil finish.
 Gyeonggi Province, Korea. Mid 19th Century.
H. 63 cm, W, 92 cm, D. 46 cm.
Collection ANTIKASIA
BLANKET CHEST
Linden wood, white brass fittings. The metal work on this piece is finely decorated with incised auspicious motif. Pyong Yang Area, Actual North Korea.
Late 19th Century.
H. 88cm, W. 90cm, D. 45cm.
Private Collection
BLANKET CHEST
Elm wood, white brass fittings. Pyong yang Area. Actual North Korea. Late 19th Century.
H. 85cm, W. 92cm, D. 52cm
Private Collection
BLANKET CHEST
Korean unusual bandaji. Elm wood (front), Pine wood body ( top, sides & back). Iron fittings, oil finish.

Pakchon area, Pyongan Do province.
Mid 19th Century.
H. 94cm, W. 106cm, D. 52cm. Private Collection.
BLANKET CHEST
“Sung Sun I” Bandaji with elm wood front, Pine wood body ( top, sides & back). Iron fittings, oil finish.
Pakchon area, Pyongan Do province.
Mid 19th Century.
H. 91cm, W. 100cm, D. 50cm. Private Collection.
BLANKET CHEST
“Sung Sun I” Bandaji. Elm wood front. Pine wood body (top, sides & back). Iron fittings, oil finish.
Pakchon area, Pyongan Do province.
Mid 19th Century.
H. 96cm, W. 102cm, D. 52cm.
Private Collection.
BLANKET CHEST
Pine wood, iron fittings, oil finish, Gangwon Province, Korea.

Late 19th Century.
H. 81 cm, W. 89 cm, D. 40 cm.
This light bandaji is quite common in Korea. Metalwork is abundant and contrasts with the pale pine wood background.
Drawer pulls are in bat design. Door hinges show a bottle gourd design in the middle and swallowtail hinges on each side.
Six decorative flowers ornate the sides of the upper opening section of the chest. Private Collection.
BLANKET CHEST
Linden wood, white brass fittings. Pyongyang area. North Korea. Early 20th Century. H. 95cm, W. 88cm, D. 45cm.

Legs are new and were made during restoration.
Private Collection.

BLANKET CHEST
Stained lime wood, White brass fittings. Gyeonggi area. Korea. Early 20th century. H. 97cm, W. 89cm, D. 45cm.
The extensive metal work is typical of pieces from North Korea, Pyongyang city area. However, we purchased this piece 15 years ago when no furniture trading between North Korea and China was taking place.. This chest was probably made in South Korea or moved from the Northern part during the Korean war. Legs have been made later and can be separate from the body.
The incised designs on the brass of this chest include the melange of auspicious motifs. Phoenix, flowers, pine trees and rocks. Front handles are in shape of the bat.
Private Collection.
BLANKET CHEST
Low bandaji, elm wood, yellow brass fittings.
Kaesong style. Gyeonggi Do province.
Early 20th century. Private Collection.
BLANKET CHEST.
Elm wood, yellow brass fittings.
Kaesong style. Gyeonggi Do province.
Early 20th century. Private Collection.
BLANKET CHEST
Cut paper on wood, iron fittings. Gyeonggi province, Korea.

Mid 19th century. H. 82cm, W. 88cm, D. 48cm.
The entire front surface of this Bandaji is covered with cut-paper applique stimulating a type of fittings popular on Sung Sun I Bandaji from North Korea. Pieces of this kind are hard to find nowdays.
The South gate motif is clearly visible in the center of the chest.

Collection ANTIKASIA
BLANKET CHEST
Very unusual Korean bandaji with four drawers on the upper part. Zelkova wood (front) & Pine wood back and sides, iron fittings, oil finish. Chungcheong province, Korea.
Mid 19th century.
H. 98cm, W. 87cm, D. 45cm.
Private Collection
BLANKET CHEST
Pine wood with an opening from the front, iron fittings. Jeolla province, Korea. Early 20th century.

H. 92cm, W. 115cm, D. 49cm
This chest was originally covered with a dark stain. Due to many damages, we stripped the color off and finish it with a light natural wax.

Private Collection.
BLANKET CHEST
Linden wood, iron fittings, oil finish. Pakchon area. Pyongan Do province. late 19th century.
H. 85cm, W 98cm, D. 48cm.
Private collection 
BLANKET CHEST
Late 19th century. Original condition
Oak wood front, top, bottom and sides. Red pine wood back. Iron fittings Gyeonggi province, Korea.
H. 71cm, W. 99cm, D. 48cm
Top construction of this chest consist of an overhanging board.


Collection ANTIKASIA
BLANKET CHEST
Red pine wood, iron fittings, Gyeonggi province, Korea.
Mid 19th Century.
H. 70cm, W. 80cm, D. 40cm.

Very fine small blanket chest made from thin wooden panels.
Iron work on this piece is finely incised and very similar to chests from the Northern part of the peninsula.
Metalwork decorative patterns includes the bat drawer pullers, longevity characters on door hinges as well as swastika on corner pieces. Collection ANTIKASIA
BLANKET CHEST
Red pine wood, iron fittings, Oil finish. Three drawers in a bottom compartment. Gangwon Province, Korea.
Mid 19th Century.      H. 106 cm, W. 106 cm, D. 46 cm. Collection ANTIKASIA

JANG

HEADSIDE CHEST – MORIJANG
Pine, paulownia & maple panels on the front.
White brass fittings.
Korea. Early 20th century
H. 102cm, L. 107cm, D. 50cm
CLOTHING CHEST
Elm wood front with Elm roots panels, pine wood body ( top, side & back) White brass fittings. Masan city, Gyeongsang Province, Korea. Late 19th Century.
H. 154 cm, W. 90 cm, D. 44 cm.
Two Level chest. Pine wood body (top, side & back), Paulownia wood front. Elm wood doors frame, Persimmon wood (doors and drawers). White brass fittings, Drawers fittings and legs have been changed. Late 19th century, Gyeonggi province, Korea.
H. 127cm, W. 79cm, D. 34cm
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“ICH’UNG NONG” Clothing chest
Two units stacked chest, Paulownia and pine wood body,
ash wood front panels, zelkova wood frame,
persimmon wood inlaid, yellow brass fittings.
Early 19th century. Gyeonggi province.
H. 123cm, W. 80cm, D. 39cm.
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