A Rare Oiled Entire Papered Marche Documentary Box:
Korea, Choson Dynasty, 19th Century
It is of rectangular shape with a flat base and fitted with a rectangular cover hinged
at two places in the back, the interior box applied with an original decorated silk,
it has two c-shape cast iron handles on back and front sides and the front applied
with a foliaged rectangular lock plate. This papered box used only paper without any wood
which is one This rare documentary box is covered over all entirely with oiled paper.
of unique examples of technique, papier mache, used in Korean chest in Choson dynasty. This technique is used with several times of paper applied again and again until its
shape firmed and also applied oil for its protection from damages.
It is very fine condition except a small part of paper off on the base.
Measures 22” x 11 1/2” w. x 10 1/2” h.(56 cm x 29.3cm x 26.7 cm)