Signed in pencil, l.r., below plate mark: S. Wal; Inscribed in plate, l.l.: Sickert del. et sc.; centered in plate below image: Et delator es, et calumniator; Et fraudator es, et negotiator; Et fellator es, et lanista: miror Quare non habeas, vacerra, nummos; Martial Epigr. XI, 66.
36.7 cm x 100 cm x 70.49 cm (14 7/16 in. x 39 3/8 in. x 27 3/4 in.)
The rectangular table has shaped aprons and a reveal-moulded top above tour squared cbriole legs. The red/brown lacquer finish is heavily inlaid in mother-of-pearl, tortoise shell, two colors of shagreen and brass wire. It is also decorated with gold dust. Motifs on the top include writhing dragons, Taoist yin-yang symbold and a border with repeats of auspicious objects. The aprons repeat the symbols of the borders.
A short, long wooden chest with a papered front. The metal fittings on the chest are vert dark, and the front latch is attached to the chest with a circular piece of metal, and the latch itself is a thin piece of metal placed vertically. A small metal handle is located below this. The wood is a dark red color, and the papered front depicts flowers, with the predominant color being yellow. Orange is also used in some of the flowers, and on the circular shapes spaced along the bottom of the image. The outlines of the flowers and other images are painted in black.
Box likely used in traditional game played in relation to Korean wedding. In the game, the groom’s best friend would bring a wedding box to the bride, from whom he would then, in a humorous way, try to extract payment. Inside the box would be fabric, jewelry, and symbols of fertility such as silk thread, silkworm cocoons, and red paper. After the ceremony, the box would be kept in the woman’s private quarters.