Red Paulownia Nong

Paulownia burl doors, paulownia body; yellow brass fittings; natural lacquer finish. 

Mid nineteenth century, Kyong'gi Province. 
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The nong is a two-unit stacked chest, used mainly for storing clothes. (Each unit of the nong can be placed separately and used as an end table.) This one was probably made for the lady's quarters, because it has rich color, a highly decorative grain, and is further graced with a delicate touch of nested frames around the door panels (another one with nested frames is the black persimmon nong). Confucian gentleman did not appreciate such frivolity. (For the ultimate favorite of the Confucian aristocrat, see the red pine bandaji.)
This grain of unusual distinctiveness is from a rarer strain of the paulownia family, and it would have been a very old and big tree that yielded these whole panels of burl (wood including roots or knots). 
The top of one unit is scarred, probably by burning candle wax, which illustrates the fragility of paulownia; this wood, however, is bug resistant and is not affected by humidity.
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6. Wild walnut nong

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10. Persimmon nong

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