This is a stunning antique hand painted Tibetan cabinet in solid pine which dates from the late 19th century. The large panelled cabinet is dramatically decorated with dragons and other strange mythical creatures in a most pleasing colour palette featuring a beautiful teal blue shade, warm red and gold, all on a deep moss green ground.
This sale is for an absolutely stunning piece of early 19th century Korean furniture. It is a money or treasure chest, used by merchants or the wealthy for the storage of valuables and cash. Korean antiques of any kind are very rare due to the destruction wrought by war on the country throughout the 20th century. Made of a very dense, heavy cedar-like wood it measures 44” wide, 19.5” high and 20.5” deep and the metalwork is typically ornate for a Korean piece, with lots of thick iron banding and a large lockplate. It is very heavy, and needs two people to carry it. The condition is good, with some obvious wear and tear such as a split to the front, surface corrosion to the metal, and some small losses to the wood; the left hand front foot is also a replacement for the original.
A real masterpiece of mid 19th century design. The tri-form claw style feet are deigned to depict dragons and the central column base features carved birds. The condition is always described taking into account the age of the item.