Korean Art and Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1172611 (stock #0981)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Rare and Highly Collectible Small Wood Document Box. This rare type of box is highly valued by collectors. This is a fine and elegant example. 17 x 8.5 x 2.25 inches, 43 x 21.5 x 5.75 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1404395 (stock #1419)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,000.00
Rare and Sublime Nias Island Torque Necklace in a Classic Form made of graduated slices of Coconut Shell. Purchased by a renowned and published collector at Bonham's on May 15, 2008 (Lot 507, page 14 of the catalogue). More provenance information available upon request. 9.25 inches (23.5 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1434461 (stock #1442)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare and Sublime Mother and Daughter Pair of Antique Korean Wood Dolls. A beautiful representation of the Soul of Korean Folk Art. Mother: 10h x 3w x 2d inches, 25.5 x 7.5 x 5 cm; Daughter: 8.25h x 2.5w x 1.5d inches, 21h x 6.5w x 4d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #871363 (stock #0337)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare Antique Korean Spirit Shrine Painting (Kam Mo Yo Je Do). Spirit House Paintings are in the collections of several major museums. This painting would have been placed in a place of reverence in the home, and on the anniversary of an ancestor's death, a slip of paper with the ancestor's name would be placed on the blank space in the open doorway of the shrine in the painting and a ritual would have been performed in front of the painting. Kammo means 'to adore with deep emotion' and Yoje means 'to respectfully address the spirits as if they were at the ceremony', and Do means 'painting'. Ink on paper. Frame: 37.5 x 27 inches, 95 x 68.5 cm; Painting: 31 x 21 inches, 79 x 53.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1459187 (stock #1475)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Rare and Beautiful Pair of 19th Century Korean Hwajodo Bird and Flower Paintings filled with ancient and beautiful symbolism. The pair of pheasants symbolize love, the lotus symbolizes rebirth, the rocks represent eternity, the chrysanthemums with their many petals symbolize plenty or good fortune. Pheasants are an ancient symbol of happy marriage and family duties, and also represent royalty and the peace and order their reign should bring. The azaleas are a symbol of beauty. The bamboo, subtly rendered here with just the leaves on view, is a symbol of wisdom, flexibility, and resilience because it is flexible and wise enough to bend with the wind rather than resist it. So the entire composition represents a beautiful, resilient, bountiful, and eternal marriage. Each Painting: 50 x 13 inches, 127 x 33 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1119716 (stock #0882)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1160480 (stock #0957)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Rare Embroidered Korean Antique Child's Belt (Dolddi) with Sipjangsaeng, the traditional ten symbols of longevity: Sun, mountains, cranes, bamboo, tortoise, pine tree, water, bullocho, clouds, and deer. When the deer, tortoise, and crane are paired, as they are here, they are also a symbol of eternal love. The bamboo is a symbol of integrity and resilience, because it bends in a strong wind and returns to its upright position. The butterfly is a symbol of happiness, and is often paired with the peony flower, an ancient symbol of prosperity. The lotus blossom is a symbol of purity and rebirth, because it rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. A beautifully and meticulously embroidered work of art. 16 x 3.5 inches, 40.5 x 9 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1447866 (stock #1469)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #917411 (stock #0399)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Pre 1900 item #871266 (stock #0332)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Rare Pair of Large Painted Korean Funeral Bier Panels imbued with syncretic symbolism, with painted lotuses that are profound symbols in Buddhism of rebirth and purity, and attached painted Taoist pullocho, the mythical longevity plant, projecting in in a row from the front, all used in the service of a Shamanist funeral ritual. A fine, rare and striking example of old Korean folk art, and a great example of the traditional Korean open-mindedness and blending of religious faiths. 86 inches (118.5cm) long x 8 inches (20.5cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #651901 (stock #0114)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare Antique Korean Funerary Figure (Kkokdu) with much of its original pigment still intact. From a renowned and published New York collection. One of the finer examples we have seen. 11.5 inches, 29.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1411616 (stock #1429)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare, Museum Quality 19th Century Medicine Chest (Yakjang) with Paulownia Doors. This is the finest work of Korean antique furniture we have ever offered, and likely the only example of this type anywhere outside of Korea. Antique medicine chests with doors are extremely rare even in Korea, and this is probably the best known condition among the very few left. Each drawer has the name of the medicine inscribed on it. Perfectly proportioned at 100 x 75 x 33 cm, 39.5 x 29.5 x 13 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #938002 (stock #0427)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare Old Korean Map with Beautiful Topographic Detail of Korea's many mountain ranges. The list of kings at the bottom ends with Sukjong, whose reign ended in 1720. It also has a list of distances from various places to the capital, and mileage charts of distances between various locations. Map: 42 x 24 inches, 106.5 x 61 cm; Frame: 59 x 30.25 inches, 150 x 77 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #805720 (stock #0237)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
This gorgeous Ichung-nong (Korean Two Unit Stacked Chest) is a rare early piece (mid 19th Century) that has aged to a warm rich hue that is nothing short of a heartwarming and rare treasure to behold. It is a beautiful effect that could never be even closely duplicated with new wood. The finishing process involved singing the wood with a hot iron to both darken it and draw out the resin, and then using straw to rub pinesoot into the grain to further darken it and simultaneously seal the pores and prevent drying, and finishing it with a light pineseed oil finish. A further air of mystery and dignity is given by the very long aging process itself. It is constructed of pine and a rare strain of paulownia with maple door and drawer panels, a rare and luxurious touch on a Korean chest, evidence that this piece was owned by a wealthy family. Furthermore, 'nong' chests were owned by upper-class families who would have observed the distinction between 'nong', which were intended for long-term storage, and the 'chang' type of chests which were for short-term storage. Much of the ironwork is in the shape of stylized floral motifs. The drawers are adorned with lovely Heavenly Peach drawer pulls of iron. The fruit of the mythical Heavenly Peach tree ripens only once every three thousand years and is eaten by the immortals when they gather for their feast at Yao Lake at the the abode of Sohwangmo, the Queen Mother of the West. A further nice historical and cultural touch on an already wonderful, one-of-a-kind piece. 54h x 35w x 14d inches, 137h x 89w x 35.5d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1472519 (stock #1492)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,250.00
We have been trying since we opened 18 years ago to acquire a Kim Gyu Jin painting, but they are all either stored in museums or firmly entrenched in private collections. His works are in the collections of the world's biggest museums, including the Metropolitan Museum and the British Museum. There is just one other one on the market, as shown in the last photo here. It is also an orchids painting and it is being offered by a retiring gallery owner for a price reduced from $9000.00 to a "sale" price of $6500.00. So it is with great pride that we offer for the first time a painting by Korean Joseon Dynasty Royal Court artist Kim Gyu Jin. This painting is a fine example of the range of Kim Gyu Jin's brushwork, from dynamic sweeping strokes to quietly rendered details. Kim Gyu Jin aka Haegang (1868-1933) had a tremendous influence on Korean art through his paintings, the art organization he founded (Seohwa Hyeophoe Calligraphy and Painting Association), and his textbooks that became canon in art studies. He taught painting and calligraphy to King Gojong and to the crown prince and he was commissioned by King Sukjong to paint the murals at Changdok Palace. 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, and Kim Gyu Jin is unanimously regarded as one of the best. Ink on paper. Scroll Mounting: 79 x 20.5 inches (201 x 52 cm), 54 x 13.5 inches (137 x 34 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1416772 (stock #1434)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Rare Pair of Boxes for Storing a Scholar's Name Seals, with Lovely Wood Grain and Metalwork. A scholar's name seals were among his most personal and treasured items. 6h x 5w x 5d inches, 15h x 12.5w x 12.5d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1470658 (stock #1489)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Rare Red Lacquered Inkstone Box of Drawers with symbolic metalwork: bullocho (mythical longevity plant) lock plates, bat (symbol of happiness) drawer pulls, and swallowtail (symbol of beauty) braces. The inkstone box was a Korean scholar's most treasured item. He handled it every day, when he would take out the contents to write and paint. The lid opens to reveal the compartment for the inkstone. The drawers hold the brush, ink, and paper. Together these, with the inkstone, are the "scholar's four friends." An inkstone box in royal red lacquer is exceedingly scarce. 11.5 D x 9.75 H x 8.25 W.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404887 (stock #1426)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
"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.