Korean Art and Korean Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1308637 (stock #1217)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
A similar jar acquired from us is published on page 86 of the Smithsonian catalogue, Symbols of Identity. The Haeju jar that we offer here has beautiful paintings in cobalt blue on both sides of chrysanthemum sprays, whose many petals are a symbol of abundance. In 1883, when royal support for the Bunwon kins ended, the kilns in Haeju, North Korea took over in a big way. Though Haeju jars are quite affordable, even the most serious collectors and major museums have them in their collections, because they are admired for their beautiful and freely expressive brushwork. Haeju kilns did not have to follow the restrictive rules and iconography of the royal kilns, so the painting in underglaze cobalt blue is bold, free, and very creative. Recent Korean Art Society events at the Brooklyn Museum and the Burke Collection included the viewing of Haeju ceramics in both of these very prominent Korean collections. The fun in collecting Haeju jars is in relying on your eye and your taste to choose the best-rendered examples, which we feel we have provided here for you. Height: 9 inches (23 cm), Circumference: 32.25 inches (82 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1308455 (stock #1216)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
Korean Antique Painted Box with a Charming Deer Couple under a Stately Pine Tree, with a Butterfly Lock, and luxuriously silk-lined. The butterfly is an ancient symbol of happiness in Korea. The pine tree and the deer are symbols of longevity, and a pair of deer is a symbol of love. These two meaning combine here to give a beautiful rendition of 'eternal love'. These types of boxes are very rare because they were made only during a very short period of time at the very end of the Joseon Dynasty, in the last decade of the 19th Century and first decade of the 20th Century (1890s and 1900s). The paintings are custom made for the boxes and are then mounted onto the boxes. Similar examples of painted boxes can be seen in the book, Korean Furniture and Culture (pages 85 and 86) by Yoon Bokcha, Chi Soon, and Park Youngsoon. 16 x 9.5 x 2.5 inches, 40.5 x 24 x 6.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1308452 (stock #1215)
Korean Art and Antiques
$300.00
Korean Antique Painted Box with six sides and Beautiful Rural Scenery featuring lovely costumes and customs of the time. These types of boxes are very rare because they were made only during a very short period of time at the very end of the Joseon Dynasty, in the last decade of the 19th Century and first decade of the 20th Century (1890s and 1900s). The paintings are custom made for the boxes and are then mounted onto the boxes. Similar examples of painted boxes can be seen in the book, Korean Furniture and Culture (pages 85 and 86) by Yoon Bokcha, Chi Soon, and Park Youngsoon. This box has a lovely new Korean turtle lock. 7.75 x 7.75 x 7 inches, 20 x 20 x 18 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1308451 (stock #1214)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Lovely Korean Antique Painted Box with Flowers, Rocks, and Butterfly. These types of boxes are very rare because they were made only during a very short period of time at the very end of the Joseon Dynasty, in the last decade of the 19th Century and first decade of the 20th Century (1890s and 1900s). The paintings are custom made for the boxes and are then mounted onto the boxes. Similar examples of painted boxes can be seen in the book, Korean Furniture and Culture (pages 85 and 86) by Yoon Bokcha, Chi Soon, and Park Youngsoon. 7 x 7 x 7 inches, 18 x 18 x 18 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1308417 (stock #1213)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Pyeongsaengdo Screen Painting of a Scholar's Life Story from Birth to Retirement. A beautiful and inspiring screen painting that shows the rewards of diligent scholarly pursuit, all set in a landscape that is as beautiful and inspiring as the scholar's life that is depicted here. 95 x 69 inches, 241 x 175 cm. This photo was shot outdoors to allow the viewer to see the screen in natural light.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1307950 (stock #1212)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Rare Persimmon Scholar's Stationery Chest (Mungap) with a beautiful grain and fine detailing. Old mungap are very rare, and persimmon wood, with its two-tone grain, is the wood that is most desired by collectors. 'Mun' means things pertaining to culture, and 'gap' means low chest. These chests were given this name because they were used as a repository for items related to cultural life, such as rolls of paper, brushes, ink sticks and ink stones. One door lifts out, and then other doors can slide over and lift out, to reveal an interior that is as beautiful as the exterior. This is the kind of design that influenced the creators of Art Deco. 43w x 16d x 17.5h inches, 109w x 40.5d x 44.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1800 item #1307938 (stock #1211)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,500.00
Extremely Rare 18th Century Korean Coin Chest (Donkwe) with all six sides made of Zelkova Wood. You will never find another like this. With zelkova wood supplies dwindling at the end of the 18th Century, Korean started making coin chests of zelkova on 4 sides, and pine on 2 sides. By the end of the 19th Century, coin chests were made either entirely of pine, or pine on 4 sides and zelkova on 2 sides. You will never find an older or more beautiful piece of Korean antique furniture. Coin chests are highly prized by collectors, as their purpose required that they be the heaviest and most well constructed piece of furniture in the home. Paper money did not exist in Joseon Dynasty Korea, and the coins were of very small denominations. They had to be strung together in large, heavy quantities to have any worth, so a strong money box was a necessity. Here's a funny quote from 1898 on Korean money by Mattie Ingold, an American missionary physician who worked in Jeonju: "If Korean money were proportionately as great in value as it is in weight and clumsiness, the Koreans would be a very wealthy people." This coin chest is likely the oldest one to be offered for sale. But it's not just old, it also has the most gorgeous wood grain. The iron lockplate is itself a work of art. It is in the shape of an inventively rendered swallowtail, and is adorned with the mythical longevity plant, bullocho, at the top of the lockplate and inside the lockplate. The swallow is an ancient Korean symbol of beauty and prosperity. The swallowtail shape is echoed in the other iron hardware on this amazing chest. 37w x 19d x 20.75h inches, 94w x 48.25 x 52.75 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1307900 (stock #1210)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Lovely, Iridescent and Finely Embroidered Korean Silk Bojagi Wrapping Cloth, with an abundant bouquet of flowers. The peonies are a symbol of prosperity and beauty. The tessen flower or 鉄仙 (literally 'iron immortal') is also known as Asian Clematis. The irises in opposing corners are also a treat for the eyes. An altogether gorgeous example of fine Korean embroidery. 15.5 x 15.5 inches, 39.5 x 39.5 cm. Size with the four silk handles opened and spread: 25 x 23.5 inches, 63.5 x 60 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1307897 (stock #1209)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Beautiful Korean Bojagi Textile in Pink and White Silk Squares. A fine example of a silk bojagi wrapping cloth, in pink and white silk squares. The small handle on the bojagi indicates that it was used as a beautiful way to cover food that was being served. 24 x 24 inches, 61 x 61 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1307515 (stock #1208)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Calligraphy by Min Byeong Seok aka Sinam (1858-1940)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1303928 (stock #1207)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,000.00
Antique Korean Dragon Painting Exploding with Life and Personality, Chasing the Magic Pearl of Immortality. Korean dragons are not at all stereotypical. Each one has a unique personality, and this fine and dynamic example is full of personality. When Koreans prayed to the mighty dragon for rain and blessings, this is the type of dragon to which they hoped to be praying, with a friendly face and open heart, ready to leap out of the painting and take action. Newly and Beautifully Framed and Silk-Mounted. Frame: 37 x 28 inches, 94 x 71 cm; Painting: 28 x 19.5 inches, 71 x 49.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1303925 (stock #1205)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Antique Korean Kitchen Chest with a Beautiful Color. 37.5h x 36 x 16 inches, 95.25 x 91.5 x 40.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1303924 (stock #1204)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Takja, Shelves with a Small Cabinet with Burl Wood Doors. 67 x 17 x 17 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1300937 (stock #1201)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Geese and Reeds Painting (Noando) by Yang Ki Hun aka Seokyeon (1843-1897) from Pyeongyang. The literal meaning of 'noando' is reed and geese painting, but it is a play on words, as 'no' means both reed and old, and 'an' means both geese and comfort ('do' means painting). So 'noan' can mean 'reed and geese' or 'old comfort', and so a painting of geese and reeds symbolized a wish for a comfortable and peaceful old age. Yang Ki Hun was a member of the Royal Academy of Painting in the late 19th Century, toward the end of the Joseon Dynasty. He made a living by painting for the king and his court, and also by selling his paintings in Pyeongyang. He was the most well-known of the provincial painters who, because of the increase in the economic power of the provinces in the late 19th Century, and the accompanying demand for paintings, were able to make or supplement income by selling their paintings locally. Here are two great quotes from Yang Ki Hun's contemporary, the painter and calligrapher Chi Un Yeong (aka Paekryeon): "Yang Ki Hun's paintings stir up my jealousy because they seem completely freed from all ideas and restraints". And after Seokyeon (Yang Ki Hun) passed away, Chi Un Yeong wrote, "Seokyeon told me that when he stayed on Neungna Island for a few years some time ago, he often saw geese fly in and land on a reed field, so he was able to paint them in a realistic way. His words still linger vividly in my ears. I remember playing with him thirty years ago in the Taedong River, and it seems so far away and dream-like." Ink on silk. Silk Mounting: 85.5 x 17.75 inches, 217 x 45 cm; Painting: 52 x 12 inches, 132 x 30.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1293564 (stock #1200)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Fine, Deluxe 19th Century Korean Embroidered Spoon and Chopsticks Case (Sujeohjip), from the renowned, published, and exhibited Lea Sneider textiles collection, with Lotus Blossoms (symbol of rebirth), Lotus Pods (symbol of fertility), Cranes (symbol of longevity and fidelity), Sun, Clouds and Deer (longevity symbols), Ducks (symbol of fertility), long life and happiness characters, and hummingbirds. Frame: 21.5 x 15.5 inches (54.5 x 39.25 cm), Spoon and Chopsticks Case: 12 x 8.5, 30.5 x 21.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1293561 (stock #1199)
Korean Art and Antiques
$550.00
Fine and Beautifully Embroidered 19th Century Korean Ironing Board from the renowned, published, and exhibited Lea Sneider textiles collection. This truly deluxe Korean ironing board is the finest example we have seen of an embroidered ironing board, and is filled with imaginatively rendered symbolism. It was believed that ducks mate for life, so ducks are an ancient symbol of fidelity, and the lotus are a symbol of purity and rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. 22.5 x 6.5 inches (57 x 16.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1293560 (stock #1198)
Korean Art and Antiques
$650.00
Deluxe Pair of Finely Embroidered 19th Century Korean Pillow Ends from the renowned, published, and exhibited Lea Sneider textiles collection, with Peonies (symbol of prosperity) and Mountains (symbol of longevity). Frames: 9.5 x 9.5 inches (23 x 23 cm); Pillow Ends: 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1287861 (stock #1189)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Orchids are an ancient Korean symbol of purity, modesty, and virtue. Talented painters of orchids were and still are held in the highest regard. Though Daewongun (Prince Yi Ha Eung) is often cited as the greatest painter of orchids, most scholars now agree that it was Kim Eung Won aka Soho (1855-1921) who was painting many of the paintings for which Daewongun took credit and which Daewongun signed. Daewongun was, of course, a great painter of orchids, but most agree now that Kim Eung Won may deserve the title of greatest. His paintings sell for a fraction of the price of Daewongun's paintings, at least for now. That can be expected to change as the general public catches up with the scholarship on the subject. Ink on paper. Scroll: 72 x 17.5 inches, 183 x 44.5 cm: Painting: 46.5 x 13 inches, 118 x 33 cm. (A much smaller Daewongun painting recently sold at Christie's for $12,500 on March 18, 2014).