Korean Art and Antiques
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1396548 (stock #1394)
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This large and splendid rendering of the character for tortoise is a great example of the beautiful and distinctive style of the revered master calligrapher, Seo Kyeong Bo aka Ilboong (1914 - 1996). 54.25 x 27.5 inches, 138 x 70 cm. The tortoise is an ancient Korean symbol of steadfastness and longevity. The underside of his shell was believed to conceal the secrets of the universe.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1411616 (stock #1429)
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Rare, Museum Quality 19th Century Medicine Chest (Yakjang) with Paulownia Doors. This is the finest work of Korean antique furniture we have ever offered, and likely the only example of this type anywhere outside of Korea. Antique medicine chests with doors are extremely rare even in Korea, and this is probably the best known condition among the very few left. Each drawer has the name of the medicine inscribed on it. Perfectly proportioned at 100 x 75 x 33 cm, 39.5 x 29.5 x 13 inches, .
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1411620 (stock #1430)
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Rare Pair of 19th Century Paintings of the Korean Mountain Spirit (Sansin) with his tiger, and the barefoot Hermit Saint (Dokseong) seated at a stream in a mountain forest. These are the finest paintings we have ever offered. In a country where most of the land is covered by mountains, it makes sense that Sansin the Mountain Spirit is the most revered of Korea's native deities. He is the god most often appealed to for fertility, prosperity, and longevity. This Sansin is a great example of the open-minded syncretism of ancient Korean belief. He is a deity of purely Korean Shamanist origin, crowned by a delicately painted Confucian hat, being served the mythical longevity peaches by a Dongja boy attendant in a utopian Daoist mountain landscape, while wearing a Buddhist robe. For his scepter, he holds a wood staff as gnarled as the pine tree under which he sits. There are below him motifs of the mythical bullocho immortality plant that adorned royal scepters. Sansin paintings can be found in the Sansin-gak shrine of Korean Buddhist temples. Sansin's tiger is the animal lord of the mountain and the messenger for Sansin and the enforcer of his will. The pine tree is a symbol of longevity and tenacity. The ancient Hermit Saint (Dokseong) is in an inspiring remote mountain forest, a Daoist landscape where he seeks solitude and self-cultivation. The pine tree is a symbol of longevity and wisdom. His attire is that of a Buddhist monk. He has been revered for centuries by Buddhists and Shamans. Paintings of Dokseong are companions of Sansin paintings in the Sansin-gak Shrine of Buddhist temples in Korea. Some temples even give Dokseong his own shrine, the Dokseong-gak. This is the only Sansin and Dokseong pair we have seen for sale, and likely the only you will ever see. Most importantly, they are both beautifully and expressively painted. The tiger alone is one of the best we've seen, and Sansin and Dokseong here are rendered with a most skilled and sensitive hand with a fine attention to detail. All Sansin and Doskeong paintings of this era are unsigned, but there is no doubt that the anonymous artist who created this pair was the very best. Each painting is 33 x 23 inches, 84 x 58.5 cm. Each frame is 43.75 x 30.5 inches, 111 x 77.5 cm. Ink and colors on silk. Both paintings are in beautiful condition with the colors intact.
All Items : Artists : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #1360940 (stock #1295)
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Two 1998 Ink Paintings by Renowned Korean Artist Don Ahn aka Ahn Dong Kuk (1937-2013), Black Dragon and Zen Wave. We encourage you to research Don Ahn's sales record and market prices on sites such as Artsy, so you can appreciate what a great opportunity this is to purchase an original work of art by the master at a price well below the actual value. Don Ahn was a pioneer of Korean art in America. In the 1950s he was the first to move permanently to the US and receive recognition here, beginning with the 1952 exhibition of his work at the Kilbride Bradley Gallery in Minneapolis, the very first exhibition of Korean contemporary art in America. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and other major museums. There was recently an exhibition of Don Ahn's work at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York's Chelsea art district. See also preeminent art critic Holland Cotter's review of Don Ahn's work in the April 4, 1997 New York Times article, Of Asians Among the Abstractionists, where he describes Don's paintings as "Exuberant" and "Inspired by Zen brushwork". 35 x 35 inches, 89 x 89 cm.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1271628 (stock #1153)
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Kim Young Mi Unglazed Wood-Fired Stoneware. Kim Young Mi subjects these pieces to eight wood-firings, until the ash from the firing has performed all of its organic magic on the surfaces of these living, breathing works of art, giving incomparable texture and color to her nature-loving forms. Kim Young Mi renews the pristine artistic intention of humanity. She says, "My ceramic works are a form of meditation - my humble attempts to live in grace like an open vessel, empty and yet full, of giving and receiving." Kim Young Mi's ceramics, with her inner thoughts woven into the clay, are the end results of her meditation. They quietly stir the human heart. They transform ordinary clay into the extraordinary. This piece was recently displayed in the exhibition, Korean Contemporary Ceramics at the Korea Society. This was an historic exhibition, as it was the first group exhibition of Korean contemporary ceramics in New York. 20w x 11h inches, 51w x 28h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1170500 (stock #0975)
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19th Century Korean Pure White Porcelain Bottle from the Royal Bunwon Kiln, with incised rings circling the shoulder (where the neck meets the body of the bottle). Excellent Condition. Height: 11 inches, 28 cm.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1028698 (stock #0634)
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Kim Young Mi, Wood-Fired Unglazed Porcelain One. Kim Young Mi subjects these pieces to eight wood-firings, until the ash from the firing has performed all of its organic magic on the surfaces of these living, breathing works of art, giving incomparable texture and color to her nature-loving forms. Kim Young Mi renews the pristine artistic intention of humanity. She says, "My ceramic works are a form of meditation - my humble attempts to live in grace like an open vessel, empty and yet full, of giving and receiving." Kim Young Mi's ceramics, with her inner thoughts woven into the clay, are the end results of her meditation. They quietly stir the human heart. They transform ordinary clay into the extraordinary. 18w x 14.5h x 16d inches, 46w x 37h x 40.5d cm.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1271630 (stock #1154)
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Kim Young Mi Celadon. The color of this organic form is stunning, and upholds a long tradition of beautiful Korean celadons. Kim Young Mi says, "My ceramic works are a form of meditation - my humble attempts to live in grace like an open vessel, empty and yet full, of giving and receiving." Kim Young Mi's ceramics, with her inner thoughts woven into the clay, are the end results of her meditation. They quietly stir the human heart. They transform ordinary clay into the extraordinary. This piece was recently displayed in the exhibition, Korean Contemporary Ceramics at the Korea Society. This was an historic exhibition, as it was the first group exhibition of Korean contemporary ceramics in New York. 12w x 9.5h inches, 30.5w x 24h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404428 (stock #1424)
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Matching Pair of 19th Century Fine Zelkova Wood Korean Antique Chests. These are so rare that, as far as we have seen in our years of experience, they are the only matching pair of antique bandaji chests ever offered for sale. On top of that, they are expertly constructed of the finest zelkova wood with a stunning grain. Each chest is 40w x 20d x 22h inches, 101.5w x 52d x 56h cm.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1028697 (stock #0633)
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Kim Young Mi, Wood-Fired Unglazed Porcelain Two. Kim Young Mi subjects these pieces to eight wood-firings, until the ash from the firing has performed all of its organic magic on the surfaces of these living, breathing works of art, giving incomparable texture and color to her nature-loving forms. Kim Young Mi renews the pristine artistic intention of humanity. She says, "My ceramic works are a form of meditation - my humble attempts to live in grace like an open vessel, empty and yet full, of giving and receiving." Kim Young Mi's ceramics, with her inner thoughts woven into the clay, are the end results of her meditation. They quietly stir the human heart. They transform ordinary clay into the extraordinary. 14h x 10w x 8.5d inches, 35.5h x 25.5w x 21.5d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1405126 (stock #1427)
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Beautiful Korean Antique Wood Safe with Fine Zelkova and Burlwood Grain and Lovely Floral Metalwork. The bat-shaped handle plates on the front doors are an ancient symbol of good luck because they are pronounced the same as the word for happiness, "bok". The metalwork also has lotus blossoms throughout, an ancient symbol of rebirth because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. 24.5w x 18d x 21h inches, 62w x 46d x 53.5h cm.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1312055 (stock #1224)
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Rare Buncheong Vessel by Shin Sang Ho from 1993, during his buncheong period, with the original signed box. A piece that is both beautiful and important in the history of Korean contemporary ceramics. Shin Sang Ho was Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Hongik University, and his work is in the permanent collections of many major museums, including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and many other museums throughout Korea, Asia, and the world. This very fine example is probably the only work from Shin Sang Ho's buncheong period that is available for purchase, and that is not already in a museum or private collection. 8.5w x 7.5h inches, 21.5 x 19 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1395143 (stock #1391)
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Fine and Rare 18th Century Landscape Painting by Ban Wol aka Geo Sa dated 1752. Ink and colors on paper mounted on silk. Silk Scroll: 66.5 X 17.5 inches (169 x 44.5 cm); Painting: 47 X 14 inches (119 x 35.5 cm).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1980 item #1401763 (stock #1409)
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Very Large and Rare Painted Buncheong Plate depicting Meditation by the Famous Korean Monk from Jeju Island, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim aka the Mad Monk (1935-2002). It is a very large plate at 17 inches (43 cm) wide and 3 inches (7.5 cm) deep. Jung Kwang is one of Korea's most important artists. He is renowned for his Zen Buddhist paintings, so painted ceramics by this revered master are rare and treasured items. This is a great example of the expressive brushwork for which he is famous. A google search of Jung Kwang Mad Monk will reveal the fascinating life of this character, and you'll find this movie about him (http://www.piff.org/eng/html/archive/arc_search_view.asp?idx=1314&target=search&c_idx=18&m_entry_year=2002) and this exhibition at the Seoul Art Center (http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20110807000244) and this book (http://www.amazon.com/The-Mad-Monk-Paintings-Lancaster-Miller/dp/0895810174) 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 paintings are instantly recognizable by their zen approach to form and color. Please look closely at this painting to get a sense of the spiritual quality of the artist's brushwork. The buyer of this fine ceramic will receive a PDF file compilation of Jung Kwang Sunim's poems, and a bio. You'll laugh and cry when you read "Zen Poems 1".
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1300937 (stock #1201)
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Geese and Reeds Painting (Noando) by Yang Ki Hun aka Seokyeon (1843-1897) from Pyeongyang. Yang Ki Hun's signature 'boneless' style (painting without outlines, using ink washes) beautifully captures light and shade. 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. This particular painting has further meaning because it depicts a pair of geese. Geese were believed to mate for life, so this painting symbolizes eternal love, and the wish for a couple to grow old together in peace and comfort. 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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1362558 (stock #1307)
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The classic yongmok samcheung-jang (Korean zelkova root chest with three levels) is probably the most-widely imitated type of Korean antique chest among the reproductions that are all over the internet. This exquisite and genuine 19th Century Joseon Dynasty yongmok samcheung-jang will surely be the showcase piece in any collection. Yongmok is zelkova root, and literally translates to dragon burlwood, which describes the shapes of dragons that can be seen in the very fancy grain of the zelkova root. This chest is a particularly rare and fine example in exceptionally good condition. If you ever do see an old and fine Korean chest of zelkova, it is always just the panels that are of zelkova, while the frame is pine. This rare chest actually uses zelkova for both the panels and the frame, so that the entire front is zelkova. The effect is quite stunning. The other sides are constructed of a fine wide-grained paulownia wood. The stand is carved in the shape of a bat, an ancient Korean symbol of good fortune, because bat and good fortune share the same pronunciation. Other than the cheaply-made reproductions of these that you see all over the internet (most of which are dishonestly described as antiques and are not even made in Korea), it is unlikely that you will see another genuine Joseon Dynasty Dragon Burlwood Three-Level Chest for sale, other than in Korea, where it will sell for multiples of this price. We receive emails almost weekly from factories in China that sell the reproductions very cheaply. Unlike some other dealers, we have never accepted these offers. There's nothing like the look of rare and exotic zelkova root that has aged for over 100 years. Unlike the reproductions, this genuine article will last for generations and the beauty of the old wood will only deepen and increase with age, making it a fine heirloom for a proud family. 64h x 43w x 20.75d inches, 162.5h x 109w x 52.75d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1393029 (stock #1374)
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Orchids are an ancient Korean symbol of purity, modesty, and virtue. The rock symbolizes eternity, so the combination of orchids and rock have the meaning of eternal adherence to principle. 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. Frame: 60.75 x 18.5 inches, 154 x 47 cm; Painting: 49 x 13 inches, 124.5 x 33 cm. (A much smaller Daewongun painting recently sold at Christie's for $12,500 on March 18, 2014).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1393068 (stock #1377)
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Fine 19th Century Korean Royal Court Artist Painting of Pheasants and Azaleas. Hwajodo (Bird and Flower Paintings) have a centuries-long tradition in Korea. Pheasants are an ancient symbol of happy marriage and family duties, and also represent royalty and the peace and order their reign should bring. The azaleas are a symbol of beauty. The maple tree is a symbol of contentment. So the entire composition represents a beautiful, peaceful and contented marriage. Mounted on a beautiful silk scroll. Ink and colors on paper. Scroll: 59 x 16.75 inches, 150 x 42.5 cm; Painting: 28.5 x 13, 72 x 33 cm.