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Rare Pair of 19th Century Soban, Personal Dining Tables

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Furniture: Pre 1900: Item # 1172628

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Rare Pair of 19th Century Tiger-Legged Dining Tables of Ginkgo Wood from Gyeongsang Province. There is an identical table in the book that is the bible of Korean antique furniture, Traditional Korean Furniture (page 82, photo 89) by my friend and mentor, Man Sill Pai. She elaborates on this type of soban in her book, Dining Tables published by Ewha University Press. She says, "These tiger-legged soban tables (hojok-ban) have strong lines sharply pinched in at the ankles. The plates were made of a single piece of plank and the legs, with their well-shaped calves and thin ankles, were fixed into unobtrusive aprons. Tiger-legged tables were favored for ritual use in the royal palace." One table is in very good condition, and the other table needs repair. 15.5w x 10.25h inches, 39.5w x 26h cm.