Writing Table

Accession Number

Writing Table


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
19th century

Medium & Support
wood with black lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay

5 1/2 in. x 11 15/16 in. ( 14 cm x 30.4 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Professor George W. Nace

Subject matter
Lacquerware are items that have been painted with a decorative material called lacquer. This style is thought to have originated in South Asia, where it is still produced in countries including China, Japan, and Burma, as well as Korea and Vietnam. These countries, while utilizing many of the same techniques and similar styles, have also developed their own characteristic elements of lacquerware. The special style of Korean lacquerware is to inlay mother-of-pearl in combination with tortoise shell.

Physical Description
It is inlaid with mother-of-pearl designed with scenery and lacquered overall.

Primary Object Classification
Furniture and Furniture Accessories

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area

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lacquer (coating)

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