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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1079819 (stock #0780)
Korean Art and Antiques
$7500.00
19th Century Hwajodo Bird and Flower Screen Painting filled with beauty and symbolism. The geese, swallows, sparrows, chickens, and yellow sparrows are all paired here to symbolize love. The peonies are a symbol of love and prosperity. The rocks in each painting are a symbol of eternity. So peonies with rocks combine to grant wishes for eternal love. The yellow sparrows have special symbolism. The word for yellow sparrows is hwangjak, which sounds like hwanjak, meaning great pleasure and profound happiness. Geese mate for life and are a symbol of marital fidelity. The rooster and hen are ancient guardian figures. The swallow is a symbol of beauty and delight. This screen would have been displayed at a wedding, and then moved to the couple's home for them to cherish all of their lives. Colors on silk. Total Dimensions: 97 x 60.5 inches, 246.5 x 153.5 cm; Each Painting: 31.75 x 11.5 inches, 81 x 29 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #1116764 (stock #0868)
Korean Art and Antiques
On Hold
Korean Temple Painting of Jijang (the Bodhisattva of Hell) with the Seven Stars Spirit (Chilseong), with original temple inscription. This painting came from the Myonbu-jon Hall of the Underworld of a large Buddhist temple. The center figure in this painting is Jijang Bosal (Sanskrit: Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva), who postponed his own ascension to Heaven to relieve and rescue souls from Hell. He holds in his left hand the cintamani wish-granting pearl that lights up the darkness of Hell. The seven figures to his left and the seven figures to his right represent Chilseong, the Seven Stars Spirit of the Big Dipper. Chilseong controls people's destinies. To Jijang's left in the front row is the monk Tao-ming (Korean: Tomyong) who was once a Tang prince, and to Jijang's right in the front row is the demon king Poisonless (Korean: Mudok Kwiwang). The painting is in good condition. The frame is is partially separated from the painting. This is easy to repair, but we have not done so, as you may want to replace the frame. The frames on Korean Buddhist temple paintings are almost never original, as they were not framed originally, so it is perfectly fine to replace the frame. Colors on silk. Frame: 53.75 x 46.25 inches, 136.5 x 117.5 cm; Painting: 45.75 x 37.75 inches, 116 x 96 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1105047 (stock #0840)
Korean Art and Antiques
$5000.00
Large Antique Korean Painting of a Dragon Flying Through the Clouds. A marvelous rendering of Korea's most beloved ancient deity, the dragon rain god who brings both rain and good fortune. His face is delightful and his body writhes with energy, as he chases through the sky after the red flaming jewel of transcendent wisdom, symbolizing the pursuit of wisdom. Because he brings rain, which gives life and growth to all living things, the dragon is a symbol of creation, growth, and fertility. Therefore, the dragon god was the most important deity in the old agrarian Korean society. This is truly Korean folk art at it's very best! Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 53 x 30.25 inches, 135 x 77 cm; Painting: 44 x 24 inches, 112 x 61.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1255020 (stock #1133)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Rare Late Joseon Dynasty Buddhist King of Hell Painting. A fantastic rendering. 70 x 32.5 inches, 178 x 82.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1170785 (stock #0976)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2000.00
Large 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: 78.5 x 24.5 inches, 200 x 62 cm; Painting: 49.5 x 20 inches, 126 x 51 cm. The gorgeous silk mounting in a beautiful and very 'Korean' green color, is original to the painting, and is in excellent condition. The motif on the mounting is that most 'Korean' of motifs, the cloud-shaped mythical bullocho longevity plant.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1119695 (stock #0876)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1200.00
Korean Antique Painting of a Bodhisattva, for use in shaman rituals. The details of the beautifully flowing robe are wonderfully rendered. Antique Korean Shaman paintings of Bodhisattva are important proof of the syncretism of Korean belief, combining shamanism with Buddhism. Colors on silk. 38 x 22 inches, 96.5 x 56 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1028153 (stock #0601)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
A magnificent Korean landscape like this needs a contemplative and appreciative soul to take it all in, and you'll find him here in the humble hut atop the bottom cliff. The standard 17th century manual of painting stated, "Figures should be painted in such a way that people, looking at the picture, wish that they could change places with them." The man in this painting has left the village in the higher part of the mountains to enjoy solitude in the hut with an awe-inspiring view. A good Korean mountain painting is more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven, Earth, and Humanity are represented. Mountain paintings are the most important paintings for traditional Korean artists. Most Korean homes and places of business have one proudly displayed in a place of prominence. Ink on paper. Frame size: 34.75 x 18.75 inches, 88 x 47.5 cm; Painting size: 24 x 13 inches, 61 x 33 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1085870 (stock #0794)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Very Large 19th Century Traditional Bird and Flower Painting, with pheasants, swallows, ferns, bamboo, orchids, and yellow roses. Hwajodo (bird and flower paintings) were almost always unsigned. Though this painting is anonymous, the artist was obviously highly skilled. The birds are paired to symbolize love. The orchids symbolize purity in this context, and the bamboo symbolize resilience. It was believed that the owner of this painting would experience pure and resilient love. A stunning and very large example of this popular genre. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 52 x 34 inches, 132 x 86.5 cm; Painting: 42.5 x 24.5 inches, 108 x 62 cm.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1250732 (stock #1120)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Rare Painted Ceramic Vase by the famous Korean Monk from Jeju Island, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim (1935-2002). His ceramic work is much-sought after, and there are far fewer examples of his ceramics than there are of his paintings. A google search of Jung Kwang Mad Monk will reveal the fascinating life of this character, and you'll find a movie about him, and recent retrospective exhibitions, and the book 'The Mad Monk', and more. He and his work have been featured on CNN, PBS, NHK, and other major broadcasters. He was a famous monk, artist, poet, and actor. His unique works of art are instantly recognizable by their zen approach to form and color. 12 inches (30.5 cm) high, 22 inches (56 cm) circumference.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1254617 (stock #1130)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Beautiful Late Joseon Dynasty Example of Hwajodo, Korean Traditional Bird and Flower Painting. The many seeds of the pomegranate symbolize plenty. This usually meant plenty of children, so it was a popular fertility symbol. Newly framed and beautifully silk mounted. Frame: 43 x 24 inches (109 x 61 cm), Painting: 36 x 18 inches (91.5 x 45.75 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Chaekkori, paintings depicting books and scholar's items, are abundant with symbols of diligence, motivation, good fortune and virtue. Chaekkori are uniquely Korean, despite the fact that many of the items depicted in a Chaekkori are Chinese. The Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar had much respect for Chinese art and learning, but expressed that admiration in a uniquely Korean manner through Chaekkori. We see items here that indicate refined comfort, but more important than the sense of gentility that is conveyed, is the ideal of self-improvement to which everyone could aspire: rich or poor, young or old. Though the items depicted were not readily available to the poor, the Chaekkori could inspire them nonetheless. Adults enjoyed them, but they would also be placed in children's rooms to teach them the value and beauty of culture and learning. French artists as early as the 1880's saw ideas in this genre that they imported into their own art. Frame: 29 x 16.75 inches, 73.5 x 42.5 cm; Painting: 23.75 x 11.5 inches, 60.5 x 29 cm. Mineral pigments on old hand-woven silk.
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 Minister 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 : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #1254622 (stock #1131)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Ode to Autumn, fan painting by one of Korea's most famous contemporary artists who worked in the traditional style, Lee Nam Ho aka Geum Chu (1908-2001), beautifully framed and newly silk mounted. The sparrow sings to the beautiful flower of autumn, the camellia, an ancient symbol of faithfulness in Korea. The bamboo on the right is a symbol of resilience and integrity. When faced with a strong wind, the bamboo bends but does not break, just as the person with determination and principle, even when pressed down, doesn't give up and resumes their upright posture. The rock is a symbol of eternity, so when it is with the bamboo and camellia, it is a poetic representation of eternal adherence to principle and undying faithfulness. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 34.75 x 19 inches (88.25 x 48.25 cm), Painting: 22.5 x 11.5 inches (57 x 29 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1085869 (stock #0793)
Korean Art and Antiques
$700.00
Very Rare Pair of 19th Century Bird and Flower Fan Paintings (Hwajodo). The top painting has bamboo, swallows, and pheasants. The bottom painting has bamboo, plum blossoms, and bush warblers. These are antique fan paintings that have been beautifully mounted and framed. The plum blossoms symbolize courage and the bamboo symbolize resilience. The birds are all paired to symbolize love. So the complete meaning is that love survives through courage and resilience. An old, beautiful and inspiring pair of paintings. Ink and colors on paper. Each Frame: 34 x 19.5 inches, 86.5 x 49.5 cm; Each Painting: 26.5 x 12 inches, 67.5 x 30.5 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1198725 (stock #1049)
Korean Art and Antiques
$700.00
Large and Powerful Korean Waterfall Painting by Kim Kyung Soo aka Zi Jae. What look like blemishes are actually reflections in the glass. You can especially see these around the borders. The painting is in very good condition. Frame: 60.5 x 33.5 inches, cm; Painting: 51 x 25.5 inches, cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1051417 (stock #0670)
Korean Art and Antiques
$650.00
You see the written characters su (longevity) and bok (happiness) paired together everywhere, on paintings, furniture, ceramics, textiles, etc., but this is likely the most delightful and creative allegory for the pair that you'll see. One painting depicts the god of longevity Namgungoin (literally, "south-country-old-man", another name for Suseongnoin, the Southern Star Spirit) riding a crane, another symbol of longevity. The South Pole Star Spirit's large head represents his great wisdom. The other painting is of beautiful butterflies, symbols of happiness, or good fortune. A wonderfully creative allegorical painting of su (longevity) and bok (happiness). Another level of meaning can be found in the painting of the Southern Star Spirit. Because the Southern Star (or the Southern Cross) cannot be seen from Korea but can be seen from China, only those who had traveled to China or who could read Chinese books knew about it. So to paint or own a Southern Star Spirit painting meant that you were educated or well-traveled, or both. Mineral pigments on paper. Each frame: 21 x 21 inches, 53 x 53 cm; Each painting: 12 inches, 30.5 cm diameter.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1198639 (stock #1047)
Korean Art and Antiques
$650.00
Painting of a Family Fishing in a River Surrounded by a Stunning Korean Autumn Landscape in Mountains by Koo Kyung Hwe aka Suk Yun. On the right side of the painting, you can see a man with a woman holding a child seated at the river bank. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 60.75 x 18.5 inches, 154.25 x 47 cm; Painting: 52.5 x 13 inches, 133.25x 33 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1152639 (stock #0938)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Delightful Pair of Paintings of Korean Children Playing by Cho Dang. Ink and colors on paper. Each Frame: 26 x 20 inches, 66 x 51 cm; Each Painting: 17.5 x 13.5 inches, 44.5 x 34.25 cm. Newly framed and silk mounted.