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19th Century Yongmok (Zelkova Root) Two-Level Chest


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Yongmok is zelkova root, and literally translates to dragon burlwood, which describes the shapes of dragons that can be seen in the very fancy grain of the zelkova root. The classic yongmok ichung-jang (Korean zelkova root chest with two levels) is probably the most-widely imitated type of Korean antique chest among the reproductions that are all over the internet. This chest is a particularly rare and fine example, as both the panels and the frame are zelkova. Usually, the frame is pine or another wood. The side panels are made from exotic paulownia wood. This came from a home in America, and comes with the original receipt, from when it was purchased at an antique shop in Korea in 1977. The interior is still lined with the same paper it had when it was purchased. There's nothing like the look of rare and exotic zelkova root that has aged for over 100 years. We kept the old Global Shipping sticker on the top left on the back, part of the chest's history. You can easily remove it, if you choose. 57.5h x 42.5w x 21d inches, 146h x 108w x 53.5d cm.