All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1172618 (stock #0984)
Very Rare 19th Century Korean Woven Bamboo and Willow Gori Basket and Lid with a beautiful dark patina and very creative use of the bamboo and willow, on both the exterior and interior of the basket. For a similar Korean Bamboo and Willow Gori Basket, please see page 106 of Korean Cultural Heritage 2, published in 2002. 12 x 3 inches, 30.5 x 7.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1385072 (stock #1346)
19th Century Korean Porcelain Bowl with Thick Blue/White Glaze and a Beautiful Surface. Height: 3 inches, 7.5 cm; Circumference: 14 inches, 35.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1172613 (stock #0982)
Korean Antique Compartmented Inkstone Box and Old Brush. This box has a warm beauty that comes from its lovely form and beautiful patina that shows many years of devoted use by a Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar. 10 x 7 x 1.25 inches, 25.5 x 17.75 x 3 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1403908 (stock #1416)
Gorgeous Antique Chinese Table with Beautiful Elm Grain 35.5w x 24d x 11h inches, 90 x 61 x 28 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1837 VR item #1060871 (stock #0700)
This pair of pillow ends is the oldest Korean embroidery we have ever found for sale, about 200 years old, from the early 19th Century. Please look especially at the close-up photos to appreciate the very fine technique employed in the details of this marvelous and rare pair. The peonies are a symbol of love and prosperity, and the butterflies are a symbol of happiness. Only very old fabric has such warm colors, and only the old embroiderers would have had the dedication and work ethic required to render such a masterpiece of early Korean embroidery. Each pillow end is 6 inches (15cm) wide.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1383785 (stock #1337)
Rare 19th Century Korean Twelve-Sided Tiger Leg (Cabriole Leg) Side-Dish Table (Gyeot-ban) of Zelkova Wood from Gyeonggi Province, used to place tea bowls. The name Seo Myeong is painted on the bottom of the table. There is an identical table from the Ewha Museum collection in the book that is the bible on the subject, Traditional Korean Furniture (page 83, photo 93) and on page 70 in the book, Dining Tables: Korean Traditional Handicrafts, both by my friend and mentor, Man Sill Pai. She writes, "These tiger-legged tables have strong legs of aggressive lines sharply pinched in at the ankles. The plates were made of a single piece of plank and the legs, with their well-shaped calves and thin ankles, were fixed into unobtrusive aprons. Tiger-legged tables were favored for ritual use in the royal palace." 11.75 inches (30 cm) wide x 5.25 inches (13.5 cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1800 item #1404419 (stock #1421)
Very Rare 18th Century Korean Coin Chest (Donkwe) with all six sides made of Zelkova Wood. You will never find another like this. With zelkova wood supplies dwindling at the end of the 18th Century, Koreans started making coin chests of zelkova on 4 sides, and pine on 2 sides. By the end of the 19th Century, coin chests were made either entirely of pine, or pine on 4 sides and zelkova on 2 sides. You will never find an older or more beautiful piece of Korean antique furniture. Coin chests are highly prized by collectors, as their purpose required that they be the heaviest and most well constructed piece of furniture in the home. Paper money did not exist in Joseon Dynasty Korea, and the coins were of very small denominations. They had to be strung together in large, heavy quantities to have any worth, so a strong money box was a necessity. Here's a funny quote from 1898 on Korean money by Mattie Ingold, an American missionary physician who worked in Jeonju: "If Korean money were proportionately as great in value as it is in weight and clumsiness, the Koreans would be a very wealthy people." This coin chest is likely the oldest one to be offered for sale. It is missing the lock plate, but is otherwise in good condition. 28w x 17d x 17h inches, 71w x 43d x 43h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1279233 (stock #1182)
Dhyangro drums are usually separated from their phurba (ritual dagger) handles, and the handles are sold by themselves. This is a common occurrence with Nepali dealers. This is because the handles are easier to transport and sell. So it isn't very often that you see a completely intact, old Tibetan ritual drum. The drum is made of wood and animal hide, and has shaking balls inside for accenting the rhythms created by the shaman dancer. The handle is a wonderfully carved wood phurba (ritual dagger) with multiple faces. An old and beautiful piece that displays nicely. From the collection of Sam Hilu, prominent collector and author on Asian and African art. 26 x 15 x 5 inches, 66 x 38 x 13 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1250197 (stock #1161)
Set of Three Brass Bowls, (right to left) one Goryeo Dynasty, one Joseon Dynasty, and one Early 20th Century. A fantastic set that spans a thousand years of Korean history. All three are beautiful examples of each time period, with wonderful forms and great patinas. Width and height, starting from the oldest (right to left): 6 x 4 inches (15.25 x 10 cm), 7 x 4 inches (17.75 x 10 cm), 5.5 x 4.5 inches (14 x 11.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1170497 (stock #0974)
Blue and White Porcelain Jar from the Korean Royal Bunwon Kiln, with peonies (symbol of prosperity), bullocho (mythical longevity plant), and the Seven Treasures motif rendered in two different styles on opposite sides of the jar. The seven treasures are gold, silver, lapis, crystal, coral, agate, and pearls. Height: 4.25 inches, 10.75 cm. Circumference: 17 inches, 43 cm. A nice piece with the royal kiln glaze, but not in very good condition, with repairs, touch-ups, and a few small chips to the rim. This is a rare opportunity to own a beautiful royal Bunwon porcelain at a great price.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1361000 (stock #1296)
Korean Art and Antiques
Set of Three Nesting Wood Boxes covered with Applied Hand-Cut Paper Designs and finished with a light oil. This is very much like the one in the Brooklyn Museum (see page 163 of the Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum, 2006). The Brooklyn box is only one box, whereas this is three nesting boxes. The Korean Taeguk symbol adorns the lids and sides of each box, along with stylized floral designs. With one more section than the two-sectioned yin and yang symbol, the three-sectioned Korean Samtaeguk symbolizes Heaven (red), Earth (green) and Humankind (yellow), which combine and interlock to form the supreme ultimate unity of cosmological forces. Large Box: 18 x 10 x 5 inches, 45.75 x 25.5 x 12.75 cm; Medium Box: 16.25 x 8.5 x 4 inches, 41.25 x 21.5 x 10 cm; Small Box: 14.5 x 7.25 x 3.5 inches, 37 x 18.5 x 9 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1116748 (stock #0866)
Korean Art and Antiques
A Very Rare 19th Century Korean Black Lacquered Mother of Pearl Soban (individual dining table), with cranes (symbols of immortality, and eternal love when they are paired, as they are here), pine tree (symbol of longevity), orchids (symbol of purity and modesty), bullocho (the mythical longevity plant) and bamboo (symbol of resilience). There is loss to some of the mother of pearl, but it can be replaced by a Korean artisan. This is reflected in the very low price for this fine, beautiful, and rare piece. We do not restore or refinish our items. We leave it up to the client to decide if they want to do it. 15w x 12d x 9.25h inches, 38w x 30.5d x 23.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1439910 (stock #1449)
Antique Timor Message Drum from the published and renowned collection of Sam Hilu, a prominent author and adviser on traditional Asian art. 20.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches, 52 x 14 x 14 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1275605 (stock #1172)
19th Century Chinese Personal Dining Table with Beautiful Grain and Color, and a Rare and Elegant Form. The original natural oil finish has been buffed to a clear beautiful shine over many decades of buffing and cleaning, and is so much more attractive than the waxy chemical finishes on today's furniture. 22 x 14 x 5 inches, 56 x 35.5 x 12.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1139800 (stock #0910)
12th Century Celadon Bowl with Lotus Blossoms Carved in High Relief, beautifully and masterfully rendered. The lotus blossom is an ancient symbol or purity and rebirth. 7w x 3h inches, 17.75w x 7.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1439959 (stock #1453)
Antique Nepali Sarangi Musical String Instrument with sublimely rendered animal and human figures, from the published and renowned collection of Sam Hilu, a prominent author and adviser on traditional Asian art, 29.75 x 7.75 inches, 75.5 x 20 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1439960 (stock #1452)
Antique Nepali Sarangi Musical String Instrument with script and sublimely rendered human and animal figures and representations of modes of transportation, from the published and renowned collection of Sam Hilu, a prominent author and adviser on traditional Asian art, 27 x 8.75 inches, 68.5 x 22 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1439957 (stock #1451)
Antique Nepali Sarangi Musical String Instrument with sublimely rendered tiger and human figures, from the published and renowned collection of Sam Hilu, a prominent author and adviser on traditional Asian art, 27 x 7.5 inches, 68.5 x 19 cm.