All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1455558 (stock #1474)
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 1800 item #1395143 (stock #1391)
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1405126 (stock #1427)
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)
"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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #992533 (stock #0464)
Rare Nepalese Shaman's Ritual Harness and Belt Suit of Bells, Feathers, Animal Hide, Shells, Fur, Metal, and Fabric. From the collection of Sam Hilu, prominent collector and author on Asian and African art. An old and rare piece that was used in rituals performed by a West Nepalese Shaman of the Magar Tribe in the Rukum District. Beautifully mounted and displayed on a custom metal stand. The suit was constructed in the 19th Century, but many of the bells used in constructing the suit date as far back as the 16th Century. 32 inches, 81 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404428 (stock #1424)
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 #1378343 (stock #1331)
Rare 19th Century Black Lacquered Box with Mother-of-Pearl with a Beautiful Seascape and Ten Symbols of Long Life (Sipjangsaeng): pine tree, sun, deer, crane, clouds, the mythical bullocho plant, rocks, peaches, bamboo, and river. When the deer and crane are paired, as they are here, they are also a symbol of eternal love. 17w x 10.25d x 11h inches, 43w x 26d x 28h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1464562 (stock #1484)
The Only Antique Korean Quiver and Arrows Set Ever Offered for Sale. Metal quiver and wood arrows with pointed metal tips. This type of lid locking mechanism appears only on Korean quivers. Quiver length: 29 inches (74 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1170500 (stock #0975)
19th Century Korean Pure White Porcelain Bottle from the Royal Bunwon Kiln, with incised rings circling the shoulder (where the neck meets the body of the bottle). Excellent Condition. Height: 11 inches, 28 cm.
This seven feet tall Antique Korean Trident is the only Joseon Dynasty Trident ever offered for sale. The few existing examples are all in museums in Korea. Only Korea has this type of trident with the small round iron cymbals under the fork for scaring off tigers and other wild animals. The shape of the fork is also uniquely Korean. The Chinese trident has much rounder corners. 82 inches (208 cm) tall, 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) wide.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #1462926 (stock #1482)
This is the only ancient Korean mace ever offered for sale. The few existing examples are all in museums in Korea. It is from the Early Joseon Dynasty, 16th Century or earlier. Only Korea has this type of straight mace with a perfectly round head. And the head is made from iron insets just like the scales on Korean royal armor. 22 inches (46 cm) long, 3.5 inches (9 cm) wide.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006635 (stock #0578)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Nepalese Rai Tribe Mask with Pigment. 10.75 inches, 27.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #917411 (stock #0399)
Rare Korean Black Lacquered Arrow Case (Quiver) of bamboo with a design of grapes, peonies, and ferns. Length: 40 inches, 101.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1700 item #1004944 (stock #0554)
17th Century Tibetan Bhaisajyaguru Thangka, 27.75 x 20 inches, 70.5 x 51 cm. Most of these thangka were photographed through glass frames, so there may be a little blurriness. This thankga was in an exhibition at the University of Texas Art Museum.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006628 (stock #0571)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Nepalese Yak Hair Mask from the Humla Region. 8 inches, 20.5 cm.
Prehistoric Korean Stone Sword in excellent condition. A similar example is in the catalogue of the Musee Guimet's Korean art collection (where you can read that the best examples are the ones with the with the finest color and the best quality of veins running through the rock, as in the beautiful, museum-quality example that we offer here (see especially photo 2 here). The Musee Guimet catalogue further states that these stone swords have "a particularly pure aesthetic whose modernity cannot fail to enchant today's viewers". The last photo here is from a petroglyph at a prehistoric burial site (Orim-dong megalithic burial no. 5 in Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do), depicting a similar weapon. Further References: Bale, Martin T.; Ko, Min-jung (2006), Craft Production and Social Change in Mumun Period Korea. Asian Perspectives 45 (2): 159-187. Park Je Gwang (2006), History of Steel in Eastern Asia. History of Korea through the Fall of Goguryeo, pages 9 - 10. Chosen Soukantoku Kanbo Soumukyoku Insatsu Jo (1912), Riou-ke Hakubutsu-kan Chozou-hin Shashin-chou Ge, (Prince Yi Household Museum Collection Picture Book Volume 2). Korea Army Museum's Journal #6 (1999), page 40. This sword is identical to the sword that is from the famous collection of Gukeun Lee Yang-sun that is now in the permanent collection of the Gyeongju National Museum and can be seen on page 82 of the museum catalog. These publications date this type of sword to 1500 - 1000 BCE. Another useful book on this subject is the 2002 publication, Collection of Korea Army Museum, that gives examples of the differences between Bronze Age and Iron Age Korean weapons. They are quite a bit different, and this is clearly a Bronze Age Korean sword. There are also numerous examples of early Korean weapons in the article on the subject by John Boots in the December 1934 Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. 12.75 inches, 32.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #585356 (stock #0077)
Joseon Dynasty Ton-kwe (Korean Coin Chest). Coin chests are highly prized by collectors, as their purpose required that they be the largest, heaviest, and most well constructed piece of furniture in the home of an aristocrat. Paper money did not exist in Yi Dynasty Korea, and the coins were of very small denominations. They had to be strung together in large quantities to have any worth, so a strong money box was obviously a necessity. This is a very heavy and likely the most impressive authentic antique Korean coin chest you will ever see for sale. This massive and handsome coin chest must have belonged to a very wealthy family. 19.5 x 56 x 29 inches, 49.5 x 142 x 74 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1352397 (stock #1281)
Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Bottle. This exquisite bottle has been professionally repaired. 11 inches, 28 cm.