This old Korean Bandaji (Front Opening Chest) from Jeolla has developed a warm reddish glow to its lovely wood grain from a patina that has been developing since the 19th Century. It is a heart warming piece with a look that can never be replicated with new wood. The finishing process involved singing the wood with a hot iron to both darken it and draw out the resin, and then using straw to rub pinesoot into the grain to further darken it and simultaneously seal the pores and prevent drying, and finishing it with a light pineseed oil finish. A further air of mystery and dignity is given by the very long aging process itself. The ironwork is done in a simple and rustic swallowtail motif, the Korean symbol of beauty and delight. A good find for the serious collector. 39w x 25.75h x 15.25d inches, 99w x 65.5h x 39d cm.