All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1140916 (stock #0922)
Korean Art and Antiques
South China/North Vietnam Yao Shaman Ka Dong Deity Ritual Mask. This fine old mask would have been used in the same family for several generations to perform rituals such as those for a newborn baby and maturation. The wood for this important mask would have been taken from dep in the forest where spirits were believed to live. 14.5 inches, 37 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1440443 (stock #1454)
Korean Art and Antiques
Three Fine Antique Korean Safes with Gorgeous Burlwood Grain and Stunning Metalwork. Dimensions: 22.5w x 15d x 15h inches (57 x 38 x 38 cm), 16w x 11d x 10.5h (40.5 x 28 x 27 cm), 12w x 9.5d x 11h (30.5 x 24 x 28 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1443996 (stock #1466)
19th Century Korean Hat Box made entirely of Exotic Paulownia (Odong-namu) Wood, from the collection of a French diplomat stationed in Korea in the 1950s. Paulownia is very desirable for collectors because of its beautiful wide grain, light weight, and fire and bug-resistant qualities. The paulownia used for this rare hat box is especially fine. 9.5 x 9.5 x 8.5 (height) inches, 24 x 24 x 21.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1416777 (stock #1435)
Fine 19th Century Korean Royal Court Painting of Children at Play. This genre of Korean paintings always displays children playing in imaginary Chinese court costumes, and is called Baekdongja-do in Korean. From the ground-breaking Auspicious Spirits, Korean Folk Paintings exhibition catalogue: "Depicting the children as court nobility expressed an auspicious desire that one's own children achieve success in life." This exceptional example was displayed in the room of a wife in the Korean royal court to inspire her to become pregnant and to have healthy, playful, and successful children. It was also displayed on the first birthday of each child. Ink and colors on silk. 40 x 14.5 inches, 101.5 x 37 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #992518 (stock #0460)
Sri Lankan Monkey Mask used in the Kolam Natima Fetus Protection Ritual Drama that was performed when a tribe member was pregnant. The tribe's Edura (Shaman) wears the mask in the Kolam Natima masked dance-drama, and portrays a monkey who dances and cavorts to placate the demons that threaten the health of the unborn child. This particular mask is wonderfully rendered, with his ear-to-ear grin and bulging eyes, and the beautiful original pigments are still intact. From the collection of Sam Hilu, prominent collector and author on Asian and African art. 17.5 x 11 x 9 inches, 44.5 x 28 x 23 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1079120 (stock #0767)
12th Century Conical Pure Celadon Bowl with perfect color and rare, sublime form. 6w x 2h inches, 15w x 5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404773 (stock #1425)
Korean Art and Antiques
Rare 19th Century Korean Buddhist Scholar's Study Desk (Gyeongsang) constructed from fine zelkova wood. The upturned ends are not just aesthetically pleasing, they keep scrolls and other material from rolling off the table. The beautiful cabriolet legs include carved bamboo trunks. These desks were used in Buddhist temples for reading sutras, and came into use in the homes of scholars during the late Joseon Dynasty. 33w x 14.5d x 12.25h inches, 84w x 37d x 31h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1402640 (stock #1410)
Korean Art and Antiques
Beautiful and Rare 19th Century Korean Elm Wood Document Box from Gyeongsangnam-do, with a patina and grain of gorgeous color and texture and lovely floral metalwork with plum blossoms (a symbol of courage because the plum blossoms early, before winter is quite finished) and chrysanthemum (a symbol of plenty or fertility because of its many petals). For a similar example, see page 69 of Traditional Korean Furniture by Man Sill Pai and Edward Reynolds Wright. 13 x 13 x 7.5 inches, 33 x 33 x 19 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404421 (stock #1422)
Korean Art and Antiques
Large Korean 19th Century Zelkova Wood Headside Chest (Meorijang) from Gyeonggi Province. Gyeonggi Headside Chests are especially valued because they are bigger than other headside chests, and the wood work is often well done, as it is on this rich, beautiful chest of fine zelkova wood. An altogether grand and elegant piece. 40.75w x 17.75d x 39h inches, 103.5w x 45d x 99h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1461004 (stock #1479)
Very Rare Joseon Period Lacquered Bamboo Fan with the Korean Taegeuk National Symbol. The Taegeuk symbol has been used in Korea for thousands of years and is the center of the Korean flag. The three colors here, yellow, red, and a very light blue, represent balance in the universe, and Humanity, Earth, and Heaven, respectively. The last photo here shows a similar fan in a recent Korean auction with an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. These fans very rarely come up for sale and are highly desired by collectors and museums. We offer this opportunity for one of our clients to make this rare acquisition of a sublime and contemplative 19th Century Korean meditative object at a generous price. 13 inches (33 cm) high x 9 inches (23 cm) wide.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1459187 (stock #1475)
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 1900 item #1397360 (stock #1400)
Joseon Dynasty 19th Century Blue and White Porcelain Fish Bowl from the Korean Royal Bunwon Kiln with perfect glaze, exquisite color, masterful painting, and expert potting. This bowl has been professionally restored with undetectable repairs. Width: 8.25 inches (21cm), Height: 3.75inches (9.5cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1470658 (stock #1489)
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 : Ceramics : Prehistorical item #1454114 (stock #1470)
Exceedingly Scarce Set of Three Iron Age Korean Pots with Exquisite Color and Beautiful Form. 4th to 1st Century BC. You are unlikely to ever see another Iron Age Korean pot offered for sale, much less a set of three. The remaining examples are all in museums or tightly held private collections. These prehistoric pieces are finely potted and made from soft and sandy red clay. They are aesthetically striking in both color and form and are historically significant. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the scholar/collector/aesthete. Right Pot Dimensions: 16.25 inches (41cm) circumference, 3.25 inches (8.5cm) height. Middle Pot Dimensions: 18.25 inches (46.5cm) circumference, 4 inches (10cm) height. Left Pot Dimensions: 12.5 inches (32cm) circumference, 2.75 inches (7cm) height.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Prehistorical item #1391916 (stock #1365)
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 : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1363503 (stock #1309)
Rare 19th Century Korean Antique Men's Mirror Box of High Quality Persimmon and Zelkova Wood. 10 x 8 x 6 inches, 25 x 20 x 15 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1403910 (stock #1417)
Red Lacquered Safe with Beautiful Metalwork with auspicious symbols: a tortoise lock (symbol of longevity),peach drawer pulls (a symbol of longevity), the diamond-shaped Seven Treasures symbol, floral scrolls throughout, and the wan (the wheel of life and symbol of universal peace and harmony) is a symbol so ancient it actually predates Buddhism and originally represented the revolving sun. In Buddhism it represents the Heart of the Buddha, happiness, and resignation of spirit. 14.5d x 10w x 11h inches, 37d x 15.5w x 28h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404422 (stock #1423)
19th Century Korean Bandaji chest from Jeolla Province. The beautiful zelkova wood has developed a gorgeous golden hue over the years. The fine metalwork includes rare brass knobs, and ironwork filled with ancient symbolism: the swallowtail hinges are a symbol of beauty, the chrysanthemums are a symbol of plenty or fertility (because of their many petals), and the wan (the wheel of life and symbol of universal peace and harmony) is so ancient it actually predates Buddhism and originally represented the revolving sun. In Buddhism it represents the Heart of the Buddha, happiness, and resignation of spirit. 38w x 18d x 21.5h inches, 96w x 46d x 55h cm.