All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1139129 (stock #0899)
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Rare and Outstanding early 19th Century Korean Porcelain Jar with Dynamic Underglaze Painting of Copper Red and Iron Brown and an Incredible Thick Dripping Blue Glaze. Unquestionably one of the best and most creative Korean porcelains you will ever see. There really is no other like it, from the design to the copper-red and iron-brown brushwork, from the potting to the glaze, it is truly one-of-a-kind. It has all of the best characteristics of Korean ceramics, whimsical yet technically accomplished, with unaffected sincerity, earthy soulfulness, absence of artifice, and effortless reverence for and affinity with nature. The dripping blue glaze on the surface, and the peach tones that come through the white porcelain glaze, make it all the more special. It will always reward repeated viewing and touching. 10 inches tall x 10 inches wide, 25.5 x 25.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1138082 (stock #0895)
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Large and Luxurious Black Lacquered Table with a Beautiful Moonlit Landscape and Seascape of Mother of Pearl Inlay with Stunning Detail. 38w x 26d x 14h inches, 96w x 66d x 36h cm. The proportions are perfect (96x66x36cm) and the form is elegant.
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Korean Temple Painting of Jijang (the Bodhisattva of Hell) with the Seven Stars Spirit (Chilseong), with original temple inscription from the Seongbulam Hermitage of Jinju. 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 : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1116748 (stock #0866)
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A Very Rare 19th Century Korean Black Lacquered Mother of Pearl Soban (individual dining table), with cranes (symbols of immortality, and eternal love when they are paired, as they are here), pine tree (symbol of longevity), orchids (symbol of purity and modesty), bullocho (the mythical longevity plant) and bamboo (symbol of resilience). There is loss to some of the mother of pearl, but it can be replaced by a Korean artisan. This is reflected in the very low price for this fine, beautiful, and rare piece. We do not restore or refinish our items. We leave it up to the client to decide if they want to do it. 15w x 12d x 9.25h inches, 38w x 30.5d x 23.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1113563 (stock #0854)
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Burmese Bronze Sakyamuni Buddha, the Historical Buddha, making the earth-touching gesture with his right hand, and the meditating gesture with his left hand. From the Northern Shan state of Burma. Traces of gilding. 8.75 inches (22 cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1113551 (stock #0852)
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19th Century Korean Blue and White Porcelain Bottle with Beautifully Painted Peony Sprays. The peony is an ancient symbol of love and prosperity in Korea. 7.5h x 4.5w inches, 19h x 11.5w cm.
Assembled Spirits by Ahn Moon Hoon. A very large painting, Frame: 75.75 x 60.5 inches, 192.5 x 154.5 cm; Painting: 64.5 x 49 inches, 164 x 124.5 cm. Paintings by Ahn Moon Hoon sell very well at auctions in Korea. His popularity is attributed to the deeply spiritual nature of his paintings, and his textured, three-dimensional paper surfaces. This really is an exceptional example of his work, with a beautifully saturated palette and a vibrant aura. The design and colors of the large wood frame are also wonderful. The asking price here is much lower than it would be at auction in Korea, especially for such a fine and very large example.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1119716 (stock #0882)
Late 14th/Early 15th Century Rare and Important Early Buncheong Bowl with Black and White Slip Inlaid geese (symbol of faithfulness), cranes (symbol of faithfulness and longevity), and orchids (symbol of modesty and purity). This is an important piece because it was created right on the cusp between Goryeo Dynasty celadon and Joseon Dynasty buncheong, and has elements of both, making it a rare transitional piece. The inlay is from the Goryeo Period, but the brushed white slip encircling the bowl is from the Joseon Period. This is the only transitional piece we have ever offered for sale, so this is a very rare opportunity to nicely complete a Korean ceramics collection. The delightful inlaid motifs have a rare feel of both the Goryeo and Joseon aesthetic, and the color of the bowl is a blend of the final phase of Goryeo celadon and the very earliest phase of Joseon buncheong. This extraordinary bowl beautifully and perfectly captures the transition as well as, and even better than, some of the rare transitional pieces you see in museums. 5.5w x 1.5h inches, 14w x 4h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1119712 (stock #0881)
Exquisite Lotus Form Celadon Saucer with the most desirable sea-green color found only in 12th Century Korean celadon. This is the color that inspired the Chinese to refer to Korean celadon as "first under Heaven". The Korean love of forms from nature is evident here in the graceful foliate shape of this saucer. The raised receptacle is a carved and incised upturned lotus, the Buddhist symbol of purity and rebirth. The beautiful blue-green celadon glaze has pooled deeply in the carving of the upturned lotus, creating a stunning contrast with the surrounding lighter glaze. This masterfully designed saucer has ten petals forming the rim, with incised camellias (symbol of faithfulness and longevity) within each petal separated by a deeply carved line between each petal. Each petal has an interior curve that forms another ten-petaled flower within the outer flower, with a deeply recessed interior adorned with a beautifully incised seascape and a fish. The fish, because it never closes its eyes (even when it sleeps), is a symbol of eternal vigilance. The saucer sits atop a gorgeous ten-petaled floral base with lotus leaves incised into each petal. An altogether beautiful masterpiece of Korean celadon art. There is a small dot of old gold lacquer repair to the rim. Serious collectors know that old, native gold lacquer repairs actually add to the value. 5.75w x 2.5h inches, 14.5w x 6.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1119706 (stock #0879)
12th Century Lotus Form Celadon Cup with delicately incised peonies (symbol of prosperity), an incised floral scroll around the outer rim, and a carved chrysanthemum (symbol of abundance) in the bottom of the cup. The base and body of the cup are in the form of lotus blossom petals, a symbol of rebirth and purity. There is some loss to a few petals. 3w x 2.5h inches, 7.5w x 6.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1118495 (stock #0870)
Large 19th Century Korean Sharkskin Jang Geom Sword with Silver Overlay. The scabbard is covered in sharkskin and lacquered black over that. The handle is very interesting and is covered in sharkskin underneath the heavy leather wrapping, and over the sharkskin there is a thick brass foil that is hammered to look like sharkskin. This is a unique technique. The end fitting is missing. The crossguard is shaky because there are a few washers missing from the sword. The blade goes all the way in the scabbard tightly but is off-center by about half an inch. 61.5 inches, 155 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1837 VR item #1116755 (stock #0867)
Black Lacquered Mother of Pearl Table. This is a low table used in ancestor worship rituals. The gorgeous peony flower is a symbol of abundance and wealth. The delightfully rendered dokkaebi goblins that adorn each leg are guardians that chase away evil spirits. The clouds are symbols of Heaven, and the plum blossoms are symbols of courage. As you can see in the photo, there is some loss to one of the dokkaebi goblins, but this table is in otherwise amazing and excellent condition. 25w x 13d x 11.75h inches, 63.5w x 33d x 30h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1113257 (stock #0850)
19th Century Sharkskin Head Band Case with Lacquered Dragon and Many Fine Details. A string would have been looped through either the lacquered dragon or the brass ring on the lid. Only a high-ranking person would have had a case that was made of sharkskin. This one is completely covered in sharkskin. The beautifully rendered brass hardware has grape motifs etched into them, a symbol of abundance, because of its many seeds. The chrysanthemum on the lid is also a symbol of plenty, because of its many petals. The other brass work on the lid is the two ancient Daoist trigrams, 'Thunder' and 'Fire'. Altogether a marvelous and rare work of artistry in excellent condition. 6.25 x 3.5 inches, 16 x 9 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1105040 (stock #0838)
1971 Oil Painting by Choi Young Rim. Frame: 30 x 24 inches, 76 x 61 cm; Painting: 20 x 15 inches, 51 x 38 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1104341 (stock #0837)
Large Korean Antique Lacquered Sword with Painted Dragons. 58.5 inches, 148.5 cm.
Won Ju Seo's work is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Fiber Art Now, and in the recently-published McGraw-Hill fine arts textbook, Art Talk. The work offered here is Bojagi Diary 3 by Won Ju Seo. Hand made with colored Korean silk and silk thread. Frame: 10.5 x 10.5 inches, 27 x 27 cm; Textile: 8.5 x 8.5 inches, 21.5 x 21.5 cm. The work of Korean textile artist, Won Ju Seo, is in major museums and prominent collections. She is renowned for her modern approach to the bojagi, the traditional Korean wrapping cloth that has been the subject of many museum exhibitions lately. The superiority of her breath-taking technique is matched by the artistry of her designs and the creative beauty of her palette. The dazzling juxtaposed geometrics are inspired by and pay tribute to the anonymous women who created bojagi for hundreds of years, while the gorgeous colors of Won Ju Seo's palette are unique to her modern creations.
Won Ju Seo's work is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Fiber Art Now, and in the recently-published McGraw-Hill fine arts textbook, Art Talk. The work offered here is Bojagi Diary 2 by Won Ju Seo. Hand made with colored Korean silk and silk thread. Frame: 10 x 10 inches, 25.5 x 25.5 cm; Textile: 4.5 x 4.5 inches, 11.5 x 11.5 cm. The work of Korean textile artist, Won Ju Seo, is in major museums and prominent collections. She is renowned for her modern approach to the bojagi, the traditional Korean wrapping cloth that has been the subject of many museum exhibitions lately. The superiority of her breath-taking technique is matched by the artistry of her designs and the creative beauty of her palette. The dazzling juxtaposed geometrics are inspired by and pay tribute to the anonymous women who created bojagi for hundreds of years, while the gorgeous colors of Won Ju Seo's palette are unique to her modern creations.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
Chaekgeori, paintings depicting books and scholar's items, are abundant with symbols of diligence, motivation, good fortune and virtue. Chaekgeori are uniquely Korean, despite the fact that many of the items depicted in a Chaekgeori 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 Chaekgeori. 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 Chaekgeori 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.