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19th Century or Earlier Korean Lacquer Varnished Soban

19th Century or Earlier Korean Lacquer Varnished Soban

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Furniture: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1145670
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We have seen these small Korean tables referred to as both dining and tea tables. In either event, they were intended for personal use (dining or perhaps tea for one or maybe two.) The present example is all original wood and original lacquer-varnish finish. It has a 12 sided dish top joined by wooden pins in tongue and groove to the shaped skirt comprised of 8 pieces slot joined atop four cabriole legs terminating in scrolled feet - braced with an original skid joined to each pair of legs by mortise and tenon. It is substantially undisturbed save for oddly fitting parts owing to shrinkage across the grain of the top. Joseon dynasty. Almost 17 inches (43.18 cm) wide along the grain of the top by almost 16 1/4 inches (41.275 cm) wide against the grain of the top demonstrates that there has been at least 3/4 inches (1.9 cm) of shrinkage from the time it was originally made. It now stands about 10 1/2 inches (26.67 cm) tall. Shrinkage has caused one leg joint to come loose from the top with a split to the skirt on the same corner. We have used minimal wood glue to stabilize that corner after photographing (when it was held by gravity.) We photographed at eye level which exaggerates the affect of shrinkage along the skirt. As it is actually viewed from above, it does present even more nicely than in the photographs. The table could stand for disassembly by a professional woodworker for adjustments to account for shrinkage before reassembly. We have not before encountered such an old example in as undisturbed condition. But note that appropriate packaging may register "over sized" (along with the nominal additional charges that may accompany to ship an over sized package.)