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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 #1455558 (stock #1474)
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Very Rare Pair of Orchid and Rock Paintings by Kim Eung Won aka Soho (1855-1921). This is the only pair of Kim Eung Won paintings we have ever seen offered for sale. 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 the prince Daewongun took credit and which Daewongun signed. Daewongun was, of course, a fine 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. Each Painting: 50 x 12 inches, 128 x 31 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 #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 : 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 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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1980 item #1401762 (stock #1408)
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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 1980 item #1279994 (stock #1183)
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Poem and Painting of Roses by Chang Woo Sung aka Woljeon 1912-2005. There is a beautiful museum in Icheon, Korea dedicated to the art of Chang Woo Sung, the Woljeon Museum. This wonderful work of art is masterfully executed in the boneless technique of painting without outlines. This is a fine example of Woljeon's distinctive style and ability to make flora feel alive. You can actually feel the roses blooming and reaching out to you. Chang was an important, influential painter who modernized traditional Korean art, using brief yet powerful strokes and fresh, light colors. To our knowledge, this is the only example of Woljeon's painting that has been offered for sale in the United States, so this is a rare opportunity to own a great painting by one of the most revered masters of Korean painting. Watercolor on paper. Frame: 30.5 x 27 inches, 77.5 x 68.5 cm; Painting: 21 x 17.5 inches, 53.25 x 44.5 cm. A painting in the same style and size by Chang Soo Sung was estimated at $4000 - $6000 in the Christie's April 27, 1993, Sale of Korean Works of Art. The 5th photo here is of the Christie's painting, and the 6th photo is the description from the Christie's catalogue.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1393319 (stock #1379)
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This is a brilliant Zen Buddhist rendering of the ancient theme of mountain, sun and moon, by the famous Korean Buddhist monk painter poet Su An Sunim (born 1940), on speckled paper in a wood frame with beautiful two-tone grain. All Joseon Dynasty kings for 500 years had a mountain, sun and moon screen painting displayed behind their throne. You always see this in Korean historical dramas. More than just a representation of the sun and moon and appearing in the sky at the same time, this theme represents the principle of yin and yang. The moon is yin and the sun is yang. Additionally, in ancient Korean shamanism, the sun and moon are guardian gods. The recent exhibition of Su An 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, Su An Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 32.5 x 26.5 inches, 82.5 x 67 cm; Painting: 25.5 x 19.5 inches, 65 x 50 cm. The third photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $2000 for a similar painting. That painting is smaller than the Su An painting we are offering here.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
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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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1422306 (stock #1436)
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Meditating Child Painting by the Buddhist Monk Won Gong Sunim (born 1941). This contemplative composition rewards extended and repeated viewing. The child sits in a lotus blossom while he holds a luminescent Buddhist rosary and meditates. The lotus blossom is an ancient symbol of rebirth, because it rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. Ink and color on paper. 18 x 14 inches, 45 x 35 cm.
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #838636 (stock #0298)
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Oil Painting by Park Deuk Soon (1910 - 1990), signed and dated 1949, with original frame. Park Deuk Soon studied in Tokyo with Ryohei Koizo and graduated from the Pacific Fine Arts School in 1938. He exhibited often at the National Art Exhibition and the Chosun Art Exhibition. He was also an educator and an active member of the Kukjeon, and served for a time as President of the Korean Painters Association. Frame: 23.5 x 19 inches, 59 x 48 cm; Painting: 17 x 12.25 inches, 43 x 31 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #871363 (stock #0337)
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Rare Antique Korean Spirit Shrine Painting (Kam Mo Yo Je Do). Spirit House Paintings are in the collections of several major museums. This painting would have been placed in a place of reverence in the home, and on the anniversary of an ancestor's death, a slip of paper with the ancestor's name would be placed on the blank space in the open doorway of the shrine in the painting and a ritual would have been performed in front of the painting. Kammo means 'to adore with deep emotion' and Yoje means 'to respectfully address the spirits as if they were at the ceremony', and Do means 'painting'. Ink on paper. Frame: 37.5 x 27 inches, 95 x 68.5 cm; Painting: 31 x 21 inches, 79 x 53.5 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1105040 (stock #0838)
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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1279997 (stock #1184)
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Painting of Scholar Under Moonlit Plum Blossoms by Park No Soo aka Nam Jeong (1927-2013). Just the first page of a google search reveals both the renown that Park No Soo enjoyed internationally, and the adoration he received locally in Korea. His minimal style and palette is instantly recognizable, and this beautiful, contemplative painting is a fine example of his inimitable, expressive brushwork, from the silvery-blue sliver of a moon, to the unique rendering of orchids and rocks. The orchid is an ancient symbol of virtue, and the rocks symbolize eternity. The combination had great meaning to Korean scholars, as it symbolized eternal devotion to your principles. The plum blossoms are a symbol of courage, because they bloom early, before winter is finished. The Park No Soo Museum opened in 2013 in Seoul's Jongno District, Jongno's first public museum. Park No Soo was a student of Yi Sang Beom, who was a student of An Jung Sik, who was a student of Jang Seung Eop, the very best possible lineage of Korean art royalty. Watercolors on paper. Frame: 23 x 18.5 inches, 58.5 x 47 cm; Painting: 13.5 x 9 inches, 34.25 x 23 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1280118 (stock #1187)
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A very fine example of a Joseon Dynasty Korean tiger hunting painting, that makes use of the best quality pigments and finest silk, and is rendered with the highest level of artistry and skill, likely by a painter from the royal court. A similar painting recently sold at auction in Korea for $5500. Unique to Korea, almost all Korean hunting paintings depict hunters in Mongolian costume. In spite of the Mongols' brutal occupation of Korea in the 13th Century, Koreans maintained great admiration for Mongolian hunting and equestrian skills. This painting is one of a pair. The other painting is on this website (Stock #1186). Scroll: 50 x 17 inches (127 x 43 cm); Painting: 27 x 13 inches (68.5 x 33 cm).