Korean Art and Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1409032 (stock #1428)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
A Very Rare 19th Century Painting of Dokseong and Pine Tree Under the Moon. Dokseong is Korea's ancient Hermit Saint. Antique Dokseong paintings are almost never available for purchase. The last one we had was twelve years ago. This gorgeous painting has a phenomenal dark patina that could only have developed through years of ritual use and adds greatly to the contemplative beauty and serenity of this very special work of art. Dokseong is pictured in an inspiring remote mountain forest, a Daoist style landscape where he seeks solitude and self-cultivation. The pine tree and moon are both ancient symbols 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 the most constant companions of Sanshin (Mountain God) paintings in the Sanshin-gak Shrine of Buddhist temples in Korea. Some temples even give Dokseong his own shrine, the Dokseong-gak. Frame: 33.25 x 22 inches (84.5 x 56 cm), Painting: 22.75 x 15 inches (58 x 38 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1405126 (stock #1427)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404887 (stock #1426)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
"This safe will bring to the owner a long life of happiness and good fortune. It was made in 1877 Jeung New Yeon, the 3rd year of the reign of Kwang Sir" reads the original painted inscription on the bottom of the chest. Rare Small Antique Korean Wood Safe with Original Owner Inscription, a Gorgeous Zelkova Burlwood Grain, Exotic Paulownia Wood Drawers, and a Lovely Iron Lock Plate with Multiple Bullochos, the ancient mythical longevity plant. Korean safes (Gakkesuri or Gapgesuri) in this small size are scarce and highly desired by collectors. The rare original inscription adds very much to the collectibility of this fine piece. There are carved bullochos on each side of the safe, under iron handles with chrysanthemum iron handle plates. Chrysanthemums, because of their numerous petals, are an ancient symbol of plenty or fertility. An altogether beautiful, rare, and collectible work of art. 21w x 12d x 11h inches, 53.5w x 30.5d x 28h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404773 (stock #1425)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,750.00
Rare 19th Century Korean Buddhist Scholar's Study Desk (Gyeongsang) constructed from fine zelkova wood. The upturned ends are not just aesthetically pleasing, they keep scrolls and other material from rolling off the table. The beautiful cabriolet legs include carved bamboo trunks. These desks were used in Buddhist temples for reading sutras, and came into use in the homes of scholars during the late Joseon Dynasty. 33w x 14.5d x 12.25h inches, 84w x 37d x 31h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404428 (stock #1424)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404422 (stock #1423)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
19th Century Korean Bandaji chest from Jeolla Province. The beautiful zelkova wood has developed a gorgeous golden hue over the years. The fine metalwork includes rare brass knobs, and ironwork filled with ancient symbolism: the swallowtail hinges are a symbol of beauty, the chrysanthemums are a symbol of plenty or fertility (because of their many petals), and the wan (the wheel of life and symbol of universal peace and harmony) is so ancient it actually predates Buddhism and originally represented the revolving sun. In Buddhism it represents the Heart of the Buddha, happiness, and resignation of spirit. 38w x 18d x 21.5h inches, 96w x 46d x 55h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404421 (stock #1422)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
Large Korean 19th Century Zelkova Wood Headside Chest (Meorijang) from Gyeonggi Province. Gyeonggi Headside Chests are especially valued because they are bigger than other headside chests, and the wood work is often well done, as it is on this rich, beautiful chest of fine zelkova wood. An altogether grand and elegant piece. 40.75w x 17.75d x 39h inches, 103.5w x 45d x 99h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1800 item #1404419 (stock #1421)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
Very Rare 18th Century Korean Coin Chest (Donkwe) with all six sides made of Zelkova Wood. You will never find another like this. With zelkova wood supplies dwindling at the end of the 18th Century, Koreans started making coin chests of zelkova on 4 sides, and pine on 2 sides. By the end of the 19th Century, coin chests were made either entirely of pine, or pine on 4 sides and zelkova on 2 sides. You will never find an older or more beautiful piece of Korean antique furniture. Coin chests are highly prized by collectors, as their purpose required that they be the heaviest and most well constructed piece of furniture in the home. Paper money did not exist in Joseon Dynasty Korea, and the coins were of very small denominations. They had to be strung together in large, heavy quantities to have any worth, so a strong money box was a necessity. Here's a funny quote from 1898 on Korean money by Mattie Ingold, an American missionary physician who worked in Jeonju: "If Korean money were proportionately as great in value as it is in weight and clumsiness, the Koreans would be a very wealthy people." This coin chest is likely the oldest one to be offered for sale. It is missing the lock plate, but is otherwise in good condition. 28w x 17d x 17h inches, 71w x 43d x 43h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1404395 (stock #1419)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,000.00
Rare and Sublime Nias Island Torque Necklace in a Classic Form made of graduated slices of Coconut Shell. Purchased by a renowned and published collector at Bonham's on May 15, 2008 (Lot 507, page 14 of the catalogue). More provenance information available upon request. 9.25 inches (23.5 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1404394 (stock #1418)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
Exquisite Painted Bronze Qing Dynasty Chinese Guan Yin Bodhisattva of Compassion. Height: 4.75 inches (12 cm). From an important and published collection. Provenance available upon request.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1403910 (stock #1417)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Red Lacquered Safe with Beautiful Metalwork with auspicious symbols: a tortoise lock (symbol of longevity),peach drawer pulls (a symbol of longevity), the diamond-shaped Seven Treasures symbol, floral scrolls throughout, and the wan (the wheel of life and symbol of universal peace and harmony) is a symbol so ancient it actually predates Buddhism and originally represented the revolving sun. In Buddhism it represents the Heart of the Buddha, happiness, and resignation of spirit. 14.5d x 10w x 11h inches, 37d x 15.5w x 28h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1403908 (stock #1416)
Korean Art and Antiques
$450.00
Gorgeous Antique Chinese Table with Beautiful Elm Grain 35.5w x 24d x 11h inches, 90 x 61 x 28 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1402967 (stock #1413)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Meditating Child Zen Painting by the Famous Korean Monk from Jeju Island, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim aka the Mad Monk (1935-2002). The hair buns form eyes to symbolize the all-seeing vision of the meditating figure. 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. Ink and color on paper. Frame: 29.5 x 19 inches (75 x 48 cm), Painting: 21.5 x 13.5 inches (55 x 34 cm). The buyer of this fine painting 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". The recent exhibition of Jung Kwang Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Jung Kwang Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. The third photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $2500 for a similar painting. That painting is smaller than the Jung Kwang painting we are offering here.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1402965 (stock #1412)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Zen Crane Painting by the Famous Korean Monk from Jeju Island, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim aka the Mad Monk (1935-2002). 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 crane is an ancient symbol of longevity. It has further symbolic meaning in Buddhism. The bodhisattvas change themselves into cranes so that they can fly all over the world visiting and helping people. Ink and color on paper. Frame: 36 x 26.25 inches (91.5 x 66.5 cm), Painting: 27.25 x 17.5 inches (69 x 44.5 cm). The buyer of this fine painting 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". The recent exhibition of Jung Kwang Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Jung Kwang Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. The third photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $2500 for a similar painting. That painting is less than half the size of the Jung Kwang painting we are offering here.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1402640 (stock #1410)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,700.00
Beautiful and Rare 19th Century Korean Elm Wood Document Box from Gyeongsangnam-do, with a patina and grain of gorgeous color and texture and lovely floral metalwork with plum blossoms (a symbol of courage because the plum blossoms early, before winter is quite finished) and chrysanthemum (a symbol of plenty or fertility because of its many petals). For a similar example, see page 69 of Traditional Korean Furniture by Man Sill Pai and Edward Reynolds Wright. 13 x 13 x 7.5 inches, 33 x 33 x 19 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1980 item #1401763 (stock #1409)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1980 item #1401762 (stock #1408)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Crane Under the Moon, Rare Painted Buncheong Vase by the Famous Korean Monk from Jeju Island, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim aka the Mad Monk (1935-2002). 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 crane is an ancient symbol of longevity. It has further symbolic meaning in Buddhism. The bodhisattvas change themselves into cranes so that they can fly all over the world visiting and helping people. Dimensions: 10.5 inches (27 cm) high x 18.75 inches (47.5 cm) circumference. 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1401410 (stock #1407)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Korean Village Life, a Beautiful Oil Painting by Won Hyeok Pak, 1966, original frame. It comes with a 1966 letter to one of his patrons, where he explains his artistic ideas. He includes a photo of this painting with the letter, and a photo of a portrait he created of the patron, and photos of some of his other paintings. A rare and gorgeous piece of mid-20th Century Korean art and history. It captures a way of life and type of dress at a time that it was at its very end. Frame: 20 x 16 inches, 51 x 41 cm; 15 x 11, 38 x 28 cm.