Korean Art and Korean Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre AD 1000 item #1247192 (stock #1117)
Korean Art and Antiques
$10,000.00
The Only Collection of Prehistoric Korean Weapons ever offered for sale, dated by experts to 1500 - 1000 BCE. You will likely never see a Korean Bronze Age weapon offered for sale again, much less an entire collection. This is truly a museum-quality collection with an interesting variety of two stone swords, two stone crescent knives, and eleven stone arrowheads. These arrowheads are identical to the Bronze Age arrowheads on pages 32 - 35 of the catalog, the 29th United Association of the University Museum of Korea Exhibition - Korea's Bow and Arrow, The Military Academy Museum. The sword on the left in the first photo here is identical to a Bronze Age sword in the Korea Army Museum's Journal #6 (1999), page 40, and it is also identical to the sword that is from the iconic collection of Gukeun Lee Yang-sun that is now in the permanent collection of the Gyeongju National Museum and can be seen on page 82 of the museum catalog. Please also see page 15 of the Gyeongju National Museum catalog for a sword that is very similar to the sword on the right of the first photo here. These publications attribute these weapons to the Gyeongju area in 1500 - 1000 BCE. Another useful book on this subject is the 2002 publication, Collection of Korea Army Museum, that gives examples of the differences between Bronze Age and Iron Age Korean weapons. They are quite a bit different, and these are clearly Bronze Age Korean weapons. There are also numerous examples of early Korean weapons in the article on the subject by John Boots in the December 1934 Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. This collection will add great historical depth to any collection, and the price that we are asking is less than the average price of just one antique Korean sword. Swords: 10 inches (25.5 cm), Crescent Knives: 4.25 and 5 inches (11 and 13 cm), Arrowheads: 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1246348 (stock #1116)
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Though Taewongun (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 silk. Scroll: 72.5 x 19 inches, 184.15 x 48.25 cm; Painting: 45 x 13.5 inches, 114.25 x 34.25 cm. (A much smaller Daewongun painting just sold at Christie's for $12,500 on March 18, 2014).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1244284 (stock #1115)
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Though Taewongun (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 Taewongun took credit and which Taewongun signed. Taewongun 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 about a 1/10 of the price of Taewongun'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: 84 x 21 inches, 213.25 x 53.25 cm; Painting: 58 x 15.5 inches, 147.25 x 39.25 cm. (A much smaller Taewongun painting just sold at Christie's for $12,500 on March 18, 2014).
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Acrylic : Pre 2000 item #1241322 (stock #1114)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3500.00
This is an important painting in Korean art history. It was featured as the very first illustration, Plate Number 1, in the catalogue of the historic Korean Cultural Service exhibition, Coloring Time, the first exhibition ever to cover the history of Korean art in America. This is Dragon in the Fog, painted in 1997 by Don Ahn aka Ahn Dong Kuk (1937 - 2013), one of the first Korean artists to receive recognition in America. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and other major museums. There was an exhibition of Don Ahn's work at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York's Chelsea Art District this year. See also Holland Cotter's review of Don Ahn's work in the April 4, 1997 New York Times article, Of Asians Among the Abstractionists. 28.5 x 21 inches, 72.25 x 53.25 cm.
All Items : Fine Art : Drawings : Charcoal : Pre 1970 item #1241319 (stock #1113)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2000.00
Rare Charcoal, My Body III by Don Ahn aka Ahn Dong Kuk (1937 - 2013), one of the first Korean artists to receive recognition in America. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and other major museums. There was an exhibition of Don Ahn's work at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York's Chelsea Art District this year. See also Holland Cotter's review of Don Ahn's work in the April 4, 1997 New York Times article, Of Asians Among the Abstractionists. 25 x 20 inches, 63.5 x 51 cm.
All Items : Fine Art : Prints : Lithographs : Pre 1970 item #1241215 (stock #1112)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1200.00
Rare Artist's Proof Lithograph, Cosmogony No. 7 (Formation of living form) by Don Ahn aka Ahn Dong Kuk (1937 - 2013), one of the first Korean artists to receive recognition in America. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and other major museums. There was an exhibition of Don Ahn's work at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York's Chelsea Art District this year. See also Holland Cotter's review of Don Ahn's work in the April 4, 1997 New York Times article, Of Asians Among the Abstractionists. 25 x 20 inches, 63.5 x 51 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1238198 (stock #1111)
Korean Art and Antiques
$67,500.00
Chinese Song Dynasty Guanyin Wood Sculpture. 41.5 inches, 105 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1236520 (stock #1110)
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O Se Chang (1864 - 1953) Calligraphy Scroll. 24.5 x 11.5 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1233458 (stock #1109)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Rare Antique and Genuine Traditional Korean Shaman's Bells (Muryoeng) used in shaman rituals for Summoning Good Spirits and Repelling Bad Spirits. You often see these bells depicted in antique paintings of Korean shamans. These shaman's bells that we offer here are not to be confused with the modern reproductions that you see for sale on eBay. These are genuine shaman implements with old workmanship and a beautiful patina from many years of traditional use a very long time ago. They are rare because they are normally buried or destroyed when the shaman dies. For a similar example of antique Korean shaman's bells bells, please see page 223 of The Collection of the National Folk Museum of Korea, published in 2012. This set of shaman's bells is particularly rare, because they are engraved with the characters for long life and happiness, as you can see in the close-up photos here. 8 inches, 20.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1233456 (stock #1108)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Rare Antique and Genuine Traditional Korean Shaman's Bells (Muryoeng) used in shaman rituals for Summoning Good Spirits and Repelling Bad Spirits. You often see these bells depicted in antique paintings of Korean shamans. These shaman's bells that we offer here are not to be confused with the modern reproductions that you see for sale on eBay. These are genuine shaman implements with old workmanship and a beautiful patina from many years of traditional use a very long time ago. They are rare because they are normally buried or destroyed when the shaman dies. For a similar example of antique Korean shaman's bells bells, please see page 223 of The Collection of the National Folk Museum of Korea, published in 2012. 8 inches, 20.25 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1231498 (stock #1107)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Early 20th Century Portrait of Jeong Mong Ju (aka Poeun) by Hyeon Gok (aka Dohwa Sanin), active 1920's and 30's. Jeong Mong Ju is one of the most important figures in Korean history. He was assassinated in 1392 for refusing to betray his loyalty to the outgoing Goryeo court and for his rejection of overtures from the incoming Joseon court. There is now a national monument on the spot where he was murdered on Sonjukkyo Bridge in Gaeseong, North Korea. Jeong Mong Ju's death marked the symbolic end of the Goryeo Dynasty. He remains revered throughout Korea, and portraits of him are very popular. This is a very well-executed and fine example of traditional Korean portraiture. This was painted during the Japanese occupation of Korea, and so would have served as a surreptitious inspiration for Koreans to remember Jeong Mong Ju and remain loyal to Korea, and do not give up, during those very difficult days, on the dream of Korean independence. Frame: 32.5 x 25 inches, 82.5 x 63.5 cm; Painting: 28 x 20.5 inches, 71 x 52 cm. There are reflections in the glass that are a byproduct of the photography and are not in the actual painting, such as the reflection of the camera lens that creates the spot under the eye on your left side and along the cheek's edge on your left side, and the diagonal line that starts at the bottom left corner of his robe. That is a reflection of the camera tripod.
All Items : Artists : Mixed Media : Contemporary item #1228691 (stock #1106)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2500.00
Lee Seung O's innovative paper assemblage, 36 x 26 inches, 91 x 66 cm. Lee's work is in the permanent collection of many major museums, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, and he has an excellent auction record, with not a single work going unsold in the many major auctions that have listed his work over the last several years, including Christie's. It is said of Lee Seung O that he is an old spirit with a young mind. While so many young Korean artists are looking to the West for guidance, Lee has found inspiration in the soulful symbolism of traditional Korean folk art. His work is a most inventive and unrestrained interpretation of this tradition, true to the creative spirit of Korean folk art. He has created an entirely new technique of stacking colored paper and wetting the stacks so that they will be stuck together when they dry, then cutting the stacks into strips, and then assembling 'painting-like' compositions that use the edge of the stacks of paper, creating exciting works of great textural density. His work uses an everyday material to make us look at objects (and the world) from a different viewpoint and in an entirely new way, reminding us that innovation and beauty shouldn’t be forced or contrived and needn’t be sought in unknown regions, but can be rooted in tradition and found naturally.
All Items : Artists : Mixed Media : Contemporary item #1228686 (stock #1105)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2500.00
Lee Seung O's innovative paper assemblage, 37 x 30 inches, 94 x 76 cm. Lee's work is in the permanent collection of many major museums, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, and he has an excellent auction record, with not a single work going unsold in the many major auctions that have listed his work over the last several years, including Christie's. It is said of Lee Seung O that he is an old spirit with a young mind. While so many young Korean artists are looking to the West for guidance, Lee has found inspiration in the soulful symbolism of traditional Korean folk art. His work is a most inventive and unrestrained interpretation of this tradition, true to the creative spirit of Korean folk art. He has created an entirely new technique of stacking colored paper and wetting the stacks so that they will be stuck together when they dry, then cutting the stacks into strips, and then assembling 'painting-like' compositions that use the edge of the stacks of paper, creating exciting works of great textural density. His work uses an everyday material to make us look at objects (and the world) from a different viewpoint and in an entirely new way, reminding us that innovation and beauty shouldn’t be forced or contrived and needn’t be sought in unknown regions, but can be rooted in tradition and found naturally.
All Items : Artists : Mixed Media : Contemporary item #1228680 (stock #1104)
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Lee Seung O's innovative paper assemblage, 30 x 22 inches, 76 x 56 cm each. Lee's work is in the permanent collection of many major museums, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, and he has an excellent auction record, with not a single work going unsold in the many major auctions that have listed his work over the last several years, including Christie's. It is said of Lee Seung O that he is an old spirit with a young mind. While so many young Korean artists are looking to the West for guidance, Lee has found inspiration in the soulful symbolism of traditional Korean folk art. His work is a most inventive and unrestrained interpretation of this tradition, true to the creative spirit of Korean folk art. He has created an entirely new technique of stacking colored paper and wetting the stacks so that they will be stuck together when they dry, then cutting the stacks into strips, and then assembling 'painting-like' compositions that use the edge of the stacks of paper, creating exciting works of great textural density. His work uses an everyday material to make us look at objects (and the world) from a different viewpoint and in an entirely new way, reminding us that innovation and beauty shouldn’t be forced or contrived and needn’t be sought in unknown regions, but can be rooted in tradition and found naturally.
All Items : Artists : Mixed Media : Contemporary item #1228675 (stock #1103)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2500.00
Lee Seung O's innovative paper assemblage, 32 x 24 inches, 81 x 61 cm. Lee's work is in the permanent collection of many major museums, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, and he has an excellent auction record, with not a single work going unsold in the many major auctions that have listed his work over the last several years, including Christie's. It is said of Lee Seung O that he is an old spirit with a young mind. While so many young Korean artists are looking to the West for guidance, Lee has found inspiration in the soulful symbolism of traditional Korean folk art. His work is a most inventive and unrestrained interpretation of this tradition, true to the creative spirit of Korean folk art. He has created an entirely new technique of stacking colored paper and wetting the stacks so that they will be stuck together when they dry, then cutting the stacks into strips, and then assembling 'painting-like' compositions that use the edge of the stacks of paper, creating exciting works of great textural density. His work uses an everyday material to make us look at objects (and the world) from a different viewpoint and in an entirely new way, reminding us that innovation and beauty shouldn’t be forced or contrived and needn’t be sought in unknown regions, but can be rooted in tradition and found naturally.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1227778 (stock #1102)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Rare 19th Century Korean Scholar's Portable Brush and Ink Well (Mukho). See Horim Museum's website to see 3 similar mukhos. This one is very special, as it includes the original brush, and is exquisitely carved copper with silver inlay. Please look at the close-up photos here of the key fret pattern (based on ancient pictographs of thunder) on the handle, the bullocho mythical longevity plant on the back of the well, and especially the creative Dragon in Bullocho-Shaped Clouds on the lid. This is a very beautifully designed and inventive implement that would have been very important and highly regarded by the traveling scholar. The handle ingeniously acts as a tube for the brush. As seen in the last photo here (#6), it pairs very nicely with the rare Joseon Period Inkstone with lid on our site (Stock # 1101) and makes a very nice addition to any collection of Asian scholar's items. These never come with the original brush, as old brushes were always discarded, so the brush here is new and is photographed here just to illustrate the way the mukho functions. Length: 7.25 inches, 18.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1910 item #1227777 (stock #1101)
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Antique Korean Scholar's Inkstone with Beautiful Plum Blossoms. This inkstone would have been a scholar's prized possession. This is an outstanding example, with beautifully and skillfully rendered plum blossoms. The plum blossom is a favorite image for Korean scholars. It is an ancient symbol of courage, because the plum blossom blooms early, before winter is finished. 8.75 x 5.25 x 1.25 inches, 22.25 x 13.25 x 3.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1227464 (stock #1100)
Korean Art and Antiques
$300.00
Beautifully Colored Early 20th Century Korean Silk Bojagi Patchwork Wrapping Cloth (Chogakbo) with cotton backing. 15 x 15 inches, 38 x 38 cm.