Korean Art and Korean Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1340576 (stock #1237)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Fine Example of an Antique Korean Honey Jar with Beautiful, Rich Color. This is a Joseon Dynasty Sokganju (Oja) Honey Jar. It is well-proportioned and has twelve facets which were cut with a bamboo potter's knife. These add a sculptered quality to its otherwise globular shape. The famous 20th century Japanese potter Hamada Shoji (1894-1977) admired the cut facets on Korean ceramics and imitated them in his own work. These jars are known as Ame-Yu in Japan, where they are widely admired. These jars are ame-glazed, a dark brown glaze with a molasses-like color and texture. Through Hamada, Korean-style faceting entered the work of several contemporary potters in the West. In addition to their decorative effect, Korean facets had a utilitarian function. They made it easier to bind the jar with straw twine to hold the lid on tight and preserve the honey or other foodstuff inside. Extra-tight packing is still called "honey-packing" in Korea today. Faceting was also used on Korean wine bottles but purely for visual effect. The walls of the vessel were thrown extra thick to allow the facets to be cut. A few small and common rim chips, as shown in the photos, but otherwise excellent condition. A similar jar is shown in the G. St G.M. Gompertz book, Korean Pottery & Porcelain of the Yi Period (Plate # 177). 7 inches (18cm) high x 7 inches (18cm) wide.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1340427 (stock #1236)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Korean Joseon Dynasty Painting of Scholar Under the Pine Tree, Asking the Moon. By Lee Han Ki aka Man Woon, in the style of Kim Myeong Guk. Silk Mount: 61.5 x 18 inches, 156 x 46 cm; Painting: 39 x 13.75 inches, 99 x 35 cm. Ink and colors on old hand-woven silk on a beautiful silk mounting.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1339327 (stock #1235)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Calligraphy by Korea's Most Famous Calligrapher, O Se Chang aka Wichang (1864 - 1953) with original silk mounting. Scroll: 73.5 x 15.75 inches, 187 x 40 cm; Calligraphy: 50.5 x 11.75 inches, 128 x 30 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1338723 (stock #1234)
Korean Art and Antiques
$650.00
Antique Korean Munjado Painting of the Ancient Confucian Virtue of Trust. Munjado paintings are unique visual representations of the eight Confucian virtues, with the character for the word accompanied by creatively rendered images that symbolize that virtue. The character rendered here is 'shin', trust. On the right, the goose, symbol of fidelity because it mates for life, is carrying in its beak a message from the blue jay with a human head on the left. The goose is to deliver this message to King Mok to meet at the Jade Lake. The blue jay represents the Queen Mother of the West, Seowangmo. The mythical Queen Mother held a banquet every three thousand years where her guests would partake of the Magical Peaches of Immortality. The half-human half-bird sits atop a peach tree in bloom. The meaning here is that words in a message have meaning only when there is trust. A rare and beautiful work of Joseon era Korean folk art. 23 x 13.5 inches, 58.5 x 34 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1338722 (stock #1233)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
This fine silver lady's dagger (eunjangdo) is beautifully engraved with ancient symbolism. The deer, pine tree, and flying crane in stylized clouds, all set in a 'Shangri-la Paradise', are symbols of longevity. The bamboo is a symbol of resilience and flexibility, as it bends rather than breaks in a strong wind. The mythical tortoise-like creature seen here puffing out a breath of life is a Hyonmu, worshiped in ancient folk belief as the god of ardent love between a man and woman. The back is engraved with akebia mountain root (symbol of good health), plantain (symbol of resuscitation from death), and lotus blossom (symbol of rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun). Eunjangdo were worn by women of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of their social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. The inscription on the back reads "Celebrate Good Fortune". 6 inches, 15 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1837 VR item #1328265 (stock #1232)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,250.00
Blue and White Porcelain Memorial Tablet for Park Gi Il from Miryang, Korea, dated May 1830. It declares a long genealogy in the royal Min clan. This epitaph was written upon the passing of Park Gi Il of Miryang in May 1830. It memorializes him and lists his ancestors' names. An important piece of history and a rare and beautiful work of calligraphy painted with blue cobalt on white porcelain. 7.5 x 6 inches, 19 x 15 cm. framed
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1323425 (stock #1243)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Very Rare Korean Joseon Dynasty Child's Linen Jacket (Jeogori) with silk straps. This is likely the only antique child's jeogori you will ever see offered for sale. 31 x 17 inches, 79 x 43 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1323045 (stock #1242)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare and Fine Late Joseon Dynasty Turn-of-the-Century Korean Chest with Carved Floral Openwork and Auspicious Cranes and Plants. This chest was in Christie's auction of Korean art on April 24, 1997. The last two photographs here are from the auction catalogue. 35.5 x 16.5 x 32.25.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1323043 (stock #1241)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Very Rare Pair of Korean Black Lacquer Mother-Of-Pearl Mungap (Stationery Chest). '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. Dimensions of each chest: 18h x 38w x 11.5d inches, 45.75h x 96.5 x 29.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1323037 (stock #1240)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Beautiful and Rare Korean Joseon Dynasty Silver and Coral Eunjangdo with Very Fine Floral Design. The eunjangdo was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. 4 inches, 10 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1319402 (stock #1239)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare and Exquisite Joseon Dynasty Silver Phoenix Hair Pin and Brooch. The phoenix was a royal symbol of peace, justice and a prosperous future. The use of the phoenix motif was restricted to use by the royal court. 5 inches, 13 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1319185 (stock #1238)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
19th Century Korean Blue and White Porcelain Six-Sided Water Dropper painted with Chrysantemums, whose many petals symbolize fertility and prosperity. The water dropper is one of the most prized possessions of a Korean scholar. He used it constantly to mix his ink, so he became very familiar with this object and attached to it, and came to love the way it felt in his hand, and was inspired by its form and beauty. A scholar's water dropper was a symbol of his refinement and good taste. In keeping with the Korean Confucian gentleman's aesthetic, artifice and colorful designs that catered to base instincts were to be avoided, while a natural and deep respect for nature was to be upheld. 2.25w x 1h inches, 5.75 x 2.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #1319184 (stock #1237)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Goryeo Dynasty Bronze Engraved Spoon and Chopsticks Set. The spoon has the form a swallow tail, an ancient symbol of beauty in Korea. Spoon: 10.25 inches, 26 cm; Chopsticks: 11 inches, 28 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1319182 (stock #1236)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Beautiful Old Wood Seal Box with Name Seal and Lock. 4 x 4 x 2.25 inches, 10 x 10 x 5.75 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1318299 (stock #1234)
Korean Art and Antiques
$10,000.00
Very Fine and Rare Goryeo Dynasty Inlaid Celadon Cosmetic Box, 12th to 13th Century. The last photo here is a similar example that was in Christie's September 22, 2005 Sale of Japanese and Korean Art. We are sure you will agree that the Christie's example is not as refined, detailed, and beautifully designed as the piece that we offer here, with its inlaid lotus, geese, willow tree, and reeds. The condition is also excellent. On the side, you can see two small spaces where the potter's fingers covered the glaze. This is original to the piece so it is not a condition issue. It is in pretty much its original condition. The Christie's example was estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, 10 years ago. Dimensions: 4.75 inches wide, 3 inches high (50% larger than the Christie's example, which was 3.25 inches wide).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1318181 (stock #1233)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,000.00
Exceptional Example of a Joseon Dysnasty Blue and White Painted Porcelain Bottle with a lovely design and form, exquisitely painted in the classic court style. The sensitive and skilled painter of this fine bottle began with a light blue ring around the neck and two darker rings at the foot under the Youi scroll design that encircles the bottom of the body. The Youi is a mushroom-shaped scepter or talisman. Having defined his canvas, he composed a most idyllic microcosm of butterflies, a Korean symbol of happiness, fluttering past peonies that spray in every direction, contrasting with the very small and quietly perched bird. The peony is a symbol of love and prosperity. The form itself is graceful and subtle and begins with a gently flared mouth atop a narrow neck that subtly and almost imperceptibly flares out to an elongated round body with a low hip that gently curves downward to the foot with a recessed base. The stone-like heft of the bottle and color of the pure white clay, along with the skilled painting make it almost certain that this fine blue and white porcelain bottle was made at the royal Kumsari kiln. Height: 10 inches (25.5cm); Circumference: 18.5 inches (47cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #1318180 (stock #1232)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
Rare 6th Century Three Kingdoms Period Silla Shaman's Cup with Jingling Bells in the base. When you shake the cup, the bells inside the base jingle, to summon good spirits and ancestors and to scare away bad spirits. Bells have been used in shaman rituals for millennia, and are still used by shamans in Korea today. 6 inches (15cm) high and 3 inches (7.5cm) wide.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1317745 (stock #1231)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Very Rare Korean Scholar's Study Desk (Soan). 26.5 x 18.5 x 11.5 inches, 67.25 x 47 x 29.25 cm.