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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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1392019 (stock #1368)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Very Rare Carving and Painting of Orchids and Calligraphy on Zelkova Wood by Royal Korean Court Artist Kim Gyu Jin (1868 - 1933). Kim taught painting and calligraphy to King Gojong. He was commissioned by King Sunjong to create wall paintings for the royal castle. Kim was a founding member of Korea's highly influential and prestigious Calligraphy and Painting Association (Seohwa Hyeophoe) in 1918. Kim Gyu Jin's works are in the collections of the world's biggest museums, including the Metropolitan Museum and the British Museum. This is the only example, outside of Korea, of a carving and painting on wood by the renowned master. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a collector with a keen eye. The wood itself is gorgeous. It is a fine zelkova with a striking wavy grain. There is no question Kim Gyu Jin chose this particular piece of wood for its beauty. Orchids are an ancient Korean symbol of purity, modesty, and virtue. It is a favorite subject of painters over the centuries, and talented painters of orchids were and still are held in the highest regard. This painting on wood comes ready to hang, with the original metal floral hooks and a lovely knotted rope still attached on the back. 21 x 10 inches, 53 x 25 cm.
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 : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1413570 (stock #1432)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
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 #1413576 (stock #1433)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
19th Century Korean Bird and Flower Painting (Hwajodo) with a lovely pair of birds symbolizing love, and peonies with their abundant blooming symbolizing prosperity. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 28.5 x 22.5 inches, 72.5 x 57 cm; Painting: 21 x 15 inches, 53.5 x 38 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 : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1447866 (stock #1469)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,250.00
19th Century Korean Temple Guardian Dragons. These works of wood temple art are rarely offered for sale, and this special pair of dragons is even more scarce because it is painted on both sides. The dragon both guards the temple and guides the people in their quest for knowledge and truth. The blue dragon represents the sky and the yellow dragon the seas. They both clutch the pearl of wisdom and immortality in their mouths. The dancheong style of Korean temple architectural art dates back to the fourth century. "Danchoeng" is based on five colors: blue (east), white (west), red (south), black (north), and yellow (center). 42 x 11.5 inches, 107 x 29 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
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 : 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 : 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.
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 #1198725 (stock #1049)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Large and Powerful Waterfall Painting by Korean Artist Kim Kyung Soo aka Zi Jae. For centuries in Korea, a rendering of a mountain and river (called Sansu in Korean) has always been more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven and Earth are represented by the mountain and river, respectively. Frame: 60.5 x 33.5 inches, 153.5 x 85 cm; Painting: 51 x 25.5 inches, 130 x 65 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1254622 (stock #1131)
Korean Art and Antiques
$300.00
Ode to Autumn, fan painting by one of Korea's most famous contemporary artists who worked in the traditional style, Lee Nam Ho aka Geum Chu (1908-2001), beautifully framed and newly silk mounted. The sparrow sings to the beautiful flower of autumn, the camellia, an ancient symbol of faithfulness in Korea. The bamboo on the right is a symbol of resilience and integrity. When faced with a strong wind, the bamboo bends but does not break, just as the person with determination and principle, even when pressed down, doesn't give up and resumes their upright posture. The rock is a symbol of eternity, so when it is with the bamboo and camellia, it is a poetic representation of eternal adherence to principle and undying faithfulness. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 34.75 x 19 inches (88.25 x 48.25 cm), Painting: 22.5 x 11.5 inches (57 x 29 cm).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1279994 (stock #1183)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
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 #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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368814 (stock #1318)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Lilac Fan Painting by Jeon Yeong Suk aka Yeo Cheong (1960 - ). The lilac is an ancient symbol of peace and harmony. 21 x 6.5 inches, 53.5 x 16.5 cm. This, along with our Stock Numbers 1319 and 1320, is part of a set of three fan flower paintings by Jeon Yeong Suk.