Korean Art and Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Prehistorical item #1365200 (stock #1310)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Extremely Scarce Set of Five Prehistoric Korean Arrowheads from Korea's Neolithic Period 8000-1500 BCE. These faceted arrowheads are identical to the Neolithic arrowheads on page 31 of the catalog, the 29th United Association of the University Museums of Korea Exhibition - Korea's Bow and Arrow, The Military Academy Museum. Sizes range from 1.75 to 3.25 inches. It is unlikely you will ever again see prehistoric Korean arrowheads offered for sale.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Prehistorical item #1391916 (stock #1365)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Extremely Rare Set of Three Mumun Pots from the 3rd Century BCE from the Koejongdong site in Daejon near the Geum River. A similar example from the National Museum of Korea can be seen in Plate 34 in The Prehistory of Korea by Kim Jeong-hak. Prehistoric Korean pottery is so scarce outside of museums, that this is the only time we have ever acquired any. According to Professor Choi Jong-taek of Korea University, these everted lipped pots with their distinctive color and texture date from the period in Korea when the Bronze Age was giving way to the Iron Age, and the Mumun pottery period was ending with these types of pots with a greater hardness and fired at a higher temperature than previous Mumun pots, that is, about 300 BCE. This was a brief but very important transitional period into higher technology and culture in Korea, from the the end of the Mumun Pottery Period to the beginning of the Iron Age, so pieces from this defining period are rare. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a collector. Dimensions from tallest to shortest are: #1 - 4 inches height x 11.5 inches circumference (10 cm height x 29 cm circumference); #2 - 3.5 inches height x 14 inches circumference (9 cm height x 35.5 cm circumference); #3 - 3 inches height x 12.5 inches circumference (7.5 cm height x 32 cm circumference).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre AD 1000 item #949103 (stock #003q)
Korean Art and Antiques
$250.00
Ancient Indian Mauryan Dynasty (Maury Empire, 321 - 185 BC) Terracotta Plaque. 4.5 inches (11.5 cm). Purchased from Sjoerd de Vries in 1997. From the collection of Irwin Hersey, renowned author on Asian and primitive art, and publisher of the Primitive Art Newsletter in the 1970s. Irwin Hersey was an advisor to museums and prominent collectors, and vetted pieces for many of the international tribal art fairs and Asian art fairs.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #653565 (stock #R157)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 #1428268 (stock #1437)
Korean Art and Antiques
$5,000.00
Extremely Rare and Exquisite, Incised 10th Century Korean Lotus Celadon Bottle. This is the earliest Korean celadon we have ever acquired, and the oldest we have seen offered for sale. Height: 10.5 inches (27 cm). You can see a similar example in the 2005 exhibition catalogue, The Color and Shape of Celadon, plate 50, exhibited at the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #850736 (stock #0318)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre AD 1000 item #1275612 (stock #1178)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1119712 (stock #0881)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 #1139795 (stock #0908)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Finely Detailed Late 12th Century Inlaid Celadon Bowl with chrysanthemums (symbol of fertility or plenty), ryui scepters in the form of the mythical bullocho longevity plant, lotus blossoms (symbol of purity and rebirth) and floral scrolls. 5.5w x 1.75h inches, 14w x 4.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1119706 (stock #0879)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
12th Century Lotus Form Celadon Cup with delicately incised peonies (symbol of prosperity), an incised floral scroll around the outer rim, and a carved chrysanthemum (symbol of abundance) in the bottom of the cup. The base and body of the cup are in the form of lotus blossom petals, a symbol of rebirth and purity. There is some loss to a few petals. 3w x 2.5h inches, 7.5w x 6.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1318299 (stock #1234)
Korean Art and Antiques
$9,000.00
Very Fine and Rare Goryeo Dynasty Inlaid Celadon Cosmetic Box, 12th to 13th Century. The last photo here is a similar example that was in Christie's September 22, 2005 Sale of Japanese and Korean Art. We are sure you will agree that the Christie's example is not as refined, detailed, and beautifully designed as the piece that we offer here, with its inlaid lotus, geese, willow tree, and reeds. The condition is also excellent. On the side, you can see two small spaces where the potter's fingers covered the glaze. This is original to the piece so it is not a condition issue. It is in pretty much its original condition. The Christie's example was estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, 10 years ago. Dimensions: 4.75 inches wide, 3 inches high (50% larger than the Christie's example, which was 3.25 inches wide). 12 cm wide and 7.5 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1139802 (stock #0911)
Korean Art and Antiques
$125.00
15th Century Buncheong Bowl with a Combination of Hand-Inlay and Stamp-Inlay. Every inch of this wonderful bowl is filled with endlessly swirling inlaid patterns. 5.5w x 1.5h inches, 14w x 4h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #1361670 (stock #1299)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
14th Century Goryeo Dynasty Brass Bowl and Bronze Spoon with exquisite form in the willow-leaf shape popular during that period. Spoon: 10.5 inches, 27 cm. Bowl: 6 inches (15cm) wide, 4.5 inches (11.5cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1119716 (stock #0882)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1000.00
Late 14th/Early 15th Century Rare and Important Early Buncheong Bowl with Black and White Slip Inlaid geese (symbol of faithfulness), cranes (symbol of faithfulness and longevity), and orchids (symbol of modesty and purity). This is an important piece because it was created right on the cusp between Goryeo Dynasty celadon and Joseon Dynasty buncheong, and has elements of both, making it a rare transitional piece. The inlay is from the Goryeo Period, but the brushed white slip encircling the bowl is from the Joseon Period. This is the only transitional piece we have ever offered for sale, so this is a very rare opportunity to nicely complete a Korean ceramics collection. The delightful inlaid motifs have a rare feel of both the Goryeo and Joseon aesthetic, and the color of the bowl is a blend of the final phase of Goryeo celadon and the very earliest phase of Joseon buncheong. This extraordinary bowl beautifully and perfectly captures the transition as well as, and even better than, some of the rare transitional pieces you see in museums. 5.5w x 1.5h inches, 14w x 4h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1391362 (stock #1362)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,750.00
Sublime Lotus Form Korean Celadon Footed Dish with the most desirable sea-green color found only in the finest early 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 dish. The lotus is the Buddhist symbol of purity and rebirth. The inlaid chrysanthemums and their many petals are an ancient symbol of an abundant life or fertility. The beautiful blue-green celadon glaze has pooled deeply in the dish, creating a stunning contrast with the surrounding lighter glaze. 5 inches wide x 1.75 inches high, 12.75 cm wide x 4.5 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1079127 (stock #0770)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Very Rare 13th Century Celadon Bowl with Elaborate Gold Painting. Gold-painted celadons were produced during a very short period of time in the late 13th Century in Korea, so they are very rare. Black and white slip inlay is used for the design of the Willow Trees (ancient symbol of peace and contentment), Duck Family (symbol of blissful family life), Pampas Grass (symbol of autumn), Bullocho (mythical longevity plant), Lotus Blossoms (symbol of purity and rebirth), Chrysanthemums (symbol of well-being and abundance), and Orchids (symbol of modesty). Real gold paint is used throughout, for the bullocho, the pampas flowers, the irises, the ducks, the three rings that circle the interior of the bowl at the top to create a band for the inlaid floral scroll, and the two rings at the bottom of the bowl interior that create a solar center for the gold chrysanthemum. The exterior of the bowl is as elaborately inlaid as the interior, with gorgeous floral scrolls and sprays throughout, and a ring of stylized lotus blossoms at the bottom. The old gold lacquer repair is a desirable thing for serious collectors, and adds further character and history to a very rare, true masterpiece of celadon. 7.5w x 2.75h inches, 19w x 7h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1391329 (stock #1359)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
11th Century Korean Celadon Lotus Bowl. Most celadons are from the 12 to 14th Century. This is a rare early example of an 11th Century celadon, and a fine example, at that. Molded in the form of a lotus, an ancient symbol of purity and rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. A deep dark green celadon color and exquisite form. 6.25 inches wide x 3.5 inches high; 16.5 cm wide x 9 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1391347 (stock #1361)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
14th Century Korean Inlaid Celadon Cosmetic Box with a rich color right in the middle of the blue-green of the Goryeo Period and the gray-green of the Joseon Period. The chrysanthemum's many petals is an ancient symbol of an abundant life or fertility. Encircled with a key fret thunder pattern and rolling clouds motif. A rare and gorgeous piece. 3.25 inches wide x 1.75 inches high; 8.25 cm wide x 4.5 cm high.