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 #1139794 (stock #0907)
Delicately Incised 13th Century Lotus Form Celadon Cup. The lotus is a symbol of purity and rebirth. The quality of purity is beautifully captured in the soft sincerity of the delicately incised lotus blossoms on each petal and the outer rim floral scroll of this fine cup. 3w x 2h inches, 7.5w x 5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #653565 (stock #R157)
5th Century Korean Silla Kingdom Jar in a striking form on a classic cut out foot. It has a wonderful patina. A similar example is in the permanent collection at Cornell University. A great piece with an impeccable provenance. 9.5 inches (24cm) height, 27 inches (68.5cm) circumference.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #850736 (stock #0318)
5th Century Korean Gaya Kingdom Water Jar. The Gaya were a confederation of tribes in the central southern coast of Korea, with their own unique culture and art. Coil-built and wheel-thrown (built from coils and then completed on the wheel) stoneware with a bulbous body marked with a highly visible rope impressed design, a tall flared neck incised with three equally spaced horizontal bands made of twin turned ridges separating three areas of wavy incised patterns, culminating in a delicately delineated rim. The neck is tall to prevent spilling the water inside while carrying the jar. The color is grayish blue-beige, the modulated gray coloring due to carbon trapping inherent in reduction firing (this is the intentional reduction of oxygen in the kiln). Traces of sugary-appearing incidental natural wood ash glaze deposited on the shoulder of the pot during wood firing. The silica in the wood ash that blows through the kiln causes this accidental but desirable effect. A couple of flea bite (very minor) chips on the rim which do not detract from the overall beauty of the vessel, otherwise Very Good Condition. This jar has a very strong visual presence as well as a sense of ancient Korean history. 8.5 inches (21.5cm) height x 21 inches (53.5cm) circumference.