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6. Small table-top Chaekkori (Scholar's Accouterments)

19th century, Korea

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A Set of four tabletop chaekkori paintings.
ink and color on paper with silk brocade mounting,
glass cover and wooden frame
painting alone: 13 x 24.5 in (33 x 62.2 cm)
framed and mounted: 32.125 x 18.75 in (81.6 x 47.6 cm)

Chaekgori (literally books and scholar’s equipment) screens symbolize knowledge and wealth as seen particularly during the reign of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800). The screens were placed behind every desk in the men’s quarters throughout the palace and soon every gentry household decorated their rooms in the same fashion. Rising demand of these screens led professional court painters such as Kim Hong-do (1745-?) to pursue this specific type of screen.

Selected Collections
The Art Institute of Chicago Asian Art
Museum of San Francisco
The British Museum
Ho-Am Art Museum, Korea
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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