19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration
19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration

19th Century Korean Elm Tansu with Brass Decoration

1850 to 1870 Korea

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An exceptional quality and highly decorated Korean Joseon Dynasty three tier sam-cheung-jang Tansu. The Tansu has pine panelled sides and back, with a pear wood frame and burr elm (zelkova) panels to the front with persimmon string inlay. The Tansu sits on a small stand with sledge feet.

This Tansu would have originally been used as a ladies wardrobe, the cupboards for storing flat folded clothes and the drawers for jewellery. The Tansu is decorated in brass with engraved chrysanthemums which is associated with elegance and high fidelity. The swastika on the corner of the feet is a buddist symbol wishing the owner happiness. The Tansu has three fish shaped locks and two keys. The more brass decoration the more wealthy and important the owner was.

Inside the tansu is lined with several layers of old paper.
Dimensions
Height 64.50 inch (163.83 cm)
Width 43.00 inch (109.22 cm)
Depth 20.00 inch (50.80 cm)
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