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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1461436 (stock #1480)
Korean Art and Antiques
$50,000.00
The Presidential Residence in Korea has a painting by Lim Ok Sang prominently displayed on the wall of the Sejong Room of the Blue House. The painting here from 2019 is large at 50 x 49 inches (127 x 124.5 cm), and the beautiful frame chosen by the artist is 56.5 x 55.5 inches (143.5 x 141 cm). Lim Ok Sang (born 1950) graduated from École d’art d’Angoulême, Angoulême in France and taught for ten years at Jeonju University. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Korea and America, and has been featured in many international shows, including the Venice Biennale. His work is in the collections of the Korea National Museum, Seoul Museum of Art, Samsung Museum, and other major museums. Lim Ok Sang is celebrated as one of the leading artists of the Minjung movement in Korea. He was one of the founders of the important critical journal, Reality and Utterance, that coincided with the beginning of the Minjung movement. Lim is an artist adept at poignant expression of the nature of mortality, the vulnerability and plight of the individual and humanity. The emphasis of his work has been not only to speak out against injustice and the forces of destruction, but to make one aware of the value of life and the importance of preserving and caring for the environment in which we live.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1079819 (stock #0780)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,750.00
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
$3,000.00
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 : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1416777 (stock #1435)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Fine 19th Century Korean Royal Court Painting of Children at Play. This genre of Korean paintings always displays children playing in imaginary Chinese court costumes, and is called Baekdongja-do in Korean. From the ground-breaking Auspicious Spirits, Korean Folk Paintings exhibition catalogue: "Depicting the children as court nobility expressed an auspicious desire that one's own children achieve success in life." This exceptional example was displayed in the room of a wife in the Korean royal court to inspire her to become pregnant and to have healthy, playful, and successful children. It was also displayed on the first birthday of each child. Ink and colors on silk. 40 x 14.5 inches, 101.5 x 37 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1413570 (stock #1432)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Korean 19th Century Sansin the Mountain Spirit Painting with a Fantastic Tiger. Korean tiger folk paintings are revered throughout the art world for their unique depictions of the tiger's humor and charm. You will not find a better example of the beloved Korean folk tiger than the fantastic fellow depicted here. He is exploding with personality. In a country where most of the land is covered by mountains, it makes sense that Sansin the Mountain God 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 Confucian hat, carrying Daoist mythical bullocho longevity plants in a basket on his staff, while wearing a Buddhist robe. For his scepter, he holds a wood staff as gnarled as the pine tree under which he sits. The pine tree is a symbol of longevity and tenacity. The feather fan he holds in his left hand is used to control the wind spirit and other nature spirits. 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. Ink and colors on silk. Frame: 36 x 34 inches, 91.5 x 86.5 cm. Painting: 27.5 x 25.5 inches, 70 x 65 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1303928 (stock #1207)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Antique Korean Dragon Painting Exploding with Life and Personality, Chasing the Magic Pearl of Immortality. Korean dragons are not at all stereotypical. Each one has a unique personality. This fine and dynamic example is 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 knowledge. 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. When Koreans prayed to the mighty dragon for rain and blessings, this is the type of dragon to which they hoped to be praying. This is truly Korean folk art at it's very best! Ink and colors on paper. Newly and Beautifully Framed and Silk-Mounted. Frame: 37 x 28 inches, 94 x 71 cm; Painting: 28 x 19.5 inches, 71 x 49.5 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1392212 (stock #1371)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Very Large, Nearly Five-Feet-Wide Mountain and Waterfall by Kim Ki Chang aka Unbo (1913 - 2001) in it's original stunning frame. Despite being deaf, Unbo was one of Korea's most beloved 20th Century artists. His works are now sought by museums and collectors internationally. In this original and very large signed lithograph, Unbo gives us an inspiring depiction of blue-green mountains with a mountaintop lake and waterfall. Frame: 56.25 x 38.5 inches, 143 x 98 cm; Image: 44 x 26.5 inches, 111.5 x 67 cm.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #1442574 (stock #1457)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
The three porcelain plates with original paintings by Kim Ki Chang aka Unbo (1913 - 2001) that we offer here on our website are the only painted ceramics by the revered master that we have seen offered for sale. They were all acquired from the same collection and are sublime examples of his unique style. Don't miss this rare opportunity to acquire an original painting in this lustrous medium by one of Korea's most famous artists. Village Along the Mountain River: 14 inches (35.5 cm) wide, 1.5 inches (4 cm) deep. In Korea, a rendering of a mountain and river (called Sansu in Korean) has for centuries been thought of as more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven, Earth, and Humanity are represented, by the mountain, river, and human figures, respectively.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #1442576 (stock #1458)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
The three porcelain plates with original paintings by Kim Ki Chang aka Unbo (1913 - 2001) that we offer here on our website are the only painted ceramics by the revered master that we have seen offered for sale. They were all acquired from the same collection and are sublime examples of his unique style. Don't miss this rare opportunity to acquire an original painting in this lustrous medium by one of Korea's most famous artists. Lotus Blossoms, Ducks, and Fish: 14 inches (35.5 cm) wide, 2 inches (4 cm) deep with lipped rim. This image is filled with ancient and profound symbolism. The lotus represents purity and rebirth, because it rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. The ducks symbolize eternal faithfulness, because it was believed ducks mated for life. The fish is a symbol of tireless dedication and constant vigilance, because fish never close their eyes, even when they are sleeping.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #1442577 (stock #1459)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
The three porcelain plates with original paintings by Kim Ki Chang aka Unbo (1913 - 2001) that we offer here on our website are the only painted ceramics by the revered master that we have seen offered for sale. They were all acquired from the same collection and are sublime examples of his unique style. This one is on a tall attached porcelain pedestal. Don't miss this rare opportunity to acquire an original painting in this lustrous medium by one of Korea's most famous artists. Rooster and Plum Blossoms: 13.5 inches (34.5 cm) wide, 5.5 inches (14 cm). The rooster is sacred in Korean culture. It is often featured in art and used as a good luck and guardian figure to bless and protect the home. Because it is believed the rooster's morning cry drove away the night's evil spirits, it is an important talisman. The rooster’s comb symbolizes intelligence; traditional officials’ hats are based on the comb. The claws represent strength. There is a museum in Seoul devoted entirely to chicken and rooster art. The beautiful plum blossoms here are a symbol of courage, because they bloom early, before winter is finished.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1459187 (stock #1475)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Rare and Beautiful Pair of 19th Century Korean Hwajodo Bird and Flower Paintings filled with ancient and beautiful symbolism. The pair of pheasants symbolize love, the lotus symbolizes rebirth, the rocks represent eternity, the chrysanthemums with their many petals symbolize plenty or good fortune. 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 bamboo, subtly rendered here with just the leaves on view, is a symbol of wisdom, flexibility, and resilience because it is flexible and wise enough to bend with the wind rather than resist it. So the entire composition represents a beautiful, resilient, bountiful, and eternal marriage. Each Painting: 50 x 13 inches, 127 x 33 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1409032 (stock #1428)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,200.00
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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Contemporary item #1461826 (stock #1481)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,200.00
Rare and Sublime Painted Vase by Korean Buddhist Monk Su An Sunim (born 1940) depicting children. It has a warm, creamy slip-painted surface. This is the only ceramic art by Su An Sunim we have ever seen offered for sale. The recent exhibition of Su An Sunim's paintings 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 sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. Height: 15 inches, 38 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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #1383407 (stock #1334)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Rare Painted Ceramic Plate by Park No Soo (1927-2013), a contemplative piece that rewards repeated and meditative viewing. Painted ceramics by Park No Soo are rare, and this fine example is particularly rare and very important, as it was the only one created to commemorate the opening of the Seoul Arts Center in 1988, the year of the Olympics in Seoul. The original certificate accompanies this piece. Just the first page of a google search reveals Park No Soo's international renown, as well as the adoration he receives locally in Korea. His minimal style and palette is instantly recognizable, and this beautiful painting is a fine example of his inimitable, expressive brushwork. 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. The plate itself was potted by Yang Jong Wha (born 1941). It is a large and deep plate, 12.75 inches (32.5cm) wide by 2 inches (5cm) deep.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #935565 (stock #0414)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
Shaman's Feast Woodblock Print on Traditional Hanji Paper by Hong Sung Dam in 1982 (21 x 15 inches, 53.5 x 38 cm, including margins). Hong Sung Dam is a woodblock print artist who was a leader of the minjung, the peoples' political movement that arose from the ashes of the Gwangju Massacre where the Korean government slaughtered hundreds (some witnesses say thousands) of their own citizens in the streets in response to demonstrations in Gwangju. He was arrested in 1989, and suffered brutal torture in prison. He was released in 1992 after a three-year-long campaign by Amnesty International. After the subsequent democratization of Korea, Hong was commissioned by the government in 1996 to create the large (120 feet) Minjung Mural in Gwangju. Early minjung art is much sought after, and Hong Sung Dam is one of the most revered and acclaimed minjung artists. He donated much of his early work, so opportunities to buy are very infrequent (practically non-existent, actually). So we are very pleased to offer this rare collection of woodblock prints on traditional hanji paper by Hong Sung Dam that were created before his imprisonment, hidden from authorities by his friends, and donated to Amnesty International after their successful effort to get him released from prison. Own a piece of history and a beautiful work of art from a man who grew up in poverty (on the island of Haui) and illness (severe tuberculosis as a youth) to become an inspiring artist who gave his life to his art and his people.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #936670 (stock #0420)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
New Life Woodblock Print on Traditional Hanji Paper by Hong Sung Dam in 1982 (29 x 20 inches, 74 x 51 cm, including margins). Hong Sung Dam is a woodblock print artist who was a leader of the minjung, the peoples' political movement that arose from the ashes of the Gwangju Massacre where the Korean government slaughtered hundreds (some witnesses say thousands) of their own citizens in the streets in response to demonstrations in Gwangju. He was arrested in 1989, and suffered brutal torture in prison. He was released in 1992 after a three-year-long campaign by Amnesty International. After the subsequent democratization of Korea, Hong was commissioned by the government in 1996 to create the large (120 feet) Minjung Mural in Gwangju. Early minjung art is much sought after, and Hong Sung Dam is one of the most revered and acclaimed minjung artists. He donated much of his early work, so opportunities to buy are very infrequent (practically non-existent, actually). So we are very pleased to offer this rare collection of woodblock prints on traditional hanji paper by Hong Sung Dam that were created before his imprisonment, hidden from authorities by his friends, and donated to Amnesty International after their successful effort to get him released from prison. Own a piece of history and a beautiful work of art from a man who grew up in poverty (on the island of Haui) and illness (severe tuberculosis as a youth) to become an inspiring artist who gave his life to his art and his people.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368014 (stock #1316)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Painting of Monkey Reaching for the Moon's Reflection in the Water by Renowned Korean Buddhist Monk and Painter Su An Sunim (born 1940), from the ancient Buddhist parable of the monkey reaching for the moon's reflection in the water. 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. 52.5 x 13 inches, 133 x 33 cm. The third photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $2000 for a similar painting. That painting is much smaller than the Su An painting we are offering here.