Scholars were collectors of art and arbiters of taste. Small tables were used as trays and pedestals for useful objects. Floral scrolls are an enduring theme on Korean lacquer work. Koryŏ lacquers are noted for their impressive floral designs executed in inlaid wire and mother-of-pearl.
Artist Korean
  • Table with Floral Scroll Design
Date 14th century
Medium lacquer inlaid with mother of pearl and twisted wire on wood
Dimensions Overall: 5 1/2 × 19 3/4 × 11 inches (14 × 50.2 × 27.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from the Friends of Asian Art, John V. and Annette Balian, and Mr. and Mrs. Stanford C. Stoddard; gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence P. Fisher, Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel by exchange
Accession Number 1993.17
Department Asian Art
Not On View
1993-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Korean Works of Art (sales catalogue). New York: Sotheby's, December 2, 1992, no. 36.

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