Brass and Wood Korean Tansu Chest
31 August 2021

This is a chest with two doors and two drawers that measures 22 inches high by 22 inches wide and 14 inches deep. The chest could be elm and it has slightly turned feet. The wood is heavy for its dimensions, and the surface looks smooth without noticeable scrayches. The doors feel delicate on their hinges, and have to be closed with care. There is part of a brass lock for the chest inside one of the drawers. Seems like a piece is missing. Resembles this piece in size and design


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By Delia
Aug 31, 13:06 UTC
Fair Market Value
$2,500 - $3,500 USD
Suggested Asking Price $3,500 USD
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Hi Rhonda,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
I agree this is similar to the chest on 1stDibs and I've valued yours based on that one, keeping in mind Mearto's values are for Fair Market whereas 1stDibs is a retail site and the pricing is 3x the low estimate/2x the high estimate.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An antique Korean brass mounted elm tansu chest
late 19th Century
The case with engraved brass hardware fitted with two short drawers over two cupboard doors opening to an open cabinet area over a shaped skirt, all raised on short ogee bracket feet.
22 inches high by 22 inches wide and 14 inches deep
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition with wear commensurate to age and use.
PROVENANCE: acquired from an antique store
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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