Korean Art and Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1439959 (stock #1453)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
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)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
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 #1140914 (stock #0921)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3000.00
Fine Nepalese Mask of a Rare Type with Pigments. 10.5 inches, 26.75 cm. 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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1439958 (stock #1450)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Antique Nepali Sarangi Musical String Instrument with human, cobra, and other sublimely rendered animal figures, from the published and renowned collection of Sam Hilu, a prominent author and adviser on traditional Asian art, 26.5 x 5.5 inches, 67.5 x 14 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #950133 (stock #007a)
Korean Art and Antiques
$250.00
Nepalese Sculpture of a Monkey Eating a Mango. These monkeys would be situated on bridges to guard the bridge and protect the people crossing it. From the collection of Sam Hilu, prominent collector and author on Asian and African art. Height: 14 inches, 35.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006632 (stock #0575)
Korean Art and Antiques
$7000.00
Nepalese Magar Tribe Mask with a Vagina and an Inscription in the forehead, and a Penis Nose. 9.5 inches, 24 cm. 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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006631 (stock #0574)
Korean Art and Antiques
$5,000.00
Nepalese Terai Region Maiden Mask, 10.25 inches, 26 cm. 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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1439957 (stock #1451)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006636 (stock #0579)
Korean Art and Antiques
$5,000.00
Nepalese Mask of a Humla Aesthete with a Thorja Topknot. 11 inches, 28 cm. 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 : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #1434458 (stock #1441)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Fine, Large Antique Indian Puppet Beautifully Adorned and Accessorized with a Wonderful Face from the published and renowned collection of Sam Hilu, a prominent author and adviser on traditional Asian art. 29 inches, 74 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1910 item #1443561 (stock #1462)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Calligraphy created in 1909 by Korea's Most Famous Calligrapher, O Se Chang aka Wichang (1864 - 1953). Not only is O Se Chang the most renowned calligrapher in Korean history, his books on calligraphy have become the definitive texts on the subject. He is famous for his works in seal script. This piece is a fine example of his calligraphy in ancient seal script in double column. This is the style of his work that collectors desire most. 53 x 12 inches, 134 x 30 cm. Mounted on poster board. O Se Chang's calligraphy is currently prominently featured in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition on Korean calligraphy, Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing, including his work on loan from the National Museum of Korea.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1403908 (stock #1416)
Korean Art and Antiques
$450.00
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 1910 item #1227317 (stock #1089)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Antique Framed Embroidered Pillow End with a Happy Peacock Family and Flowers. Peacocks symbolize the 9 Virtues: a tidy face, clear voice, careful walk, appropriate behavior according to place and time, moderation in eating and drinking, knowing how to be content, existing together, not being obscene, and always returning. The lotus blossom in the clouds is a symbol of purity, and the mythical bullocho plants are a symbol of long life. Frame: 11.75 x 10 inches, cm; Embroidery: 4.5 x 4.5 inches, cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Chaekgeori, paintings depicting books and scholar's items, are abundant with symbols of diligence, motivation, good fortune and virtue. Chaekgeori are uniquely Korean, despite the fact that many of the items depicted in a Chaekgeori are Chinese. The Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar had much respect for Chinese art and learning, but expressed that admiration in a uniquely Korean manner through Chaekgeori. We see items here that indicate refined comfort, but more important than the sense of gentility that is conveyed, is the ideal of self-improvement to which everyone could aspire: rich or poor, young or old. Though the items depicted were not readily available to the poor, the Chaekgeori could inspire them nonetheless. Adults enjoyed them, but they would also be placed in children's rooms to teach them the value and beauty of culture and learning. French artists as early as the 1880's saw ideas in this genre that they imported into their own art. Frame: 29 x 16.75 inches, 73.5 x 42.5 cm; Painting: 23.75 x 11.5 inches, 60.5 x 29 cm. Mineral pigments on old hand-woven silk.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1138082 (stock #0895)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Large and Luxurious Black Lacquered Table with a Beautiful Moonlit Landscape and Seascape of Mother of Pearl Inlay with Stunning Detail. 38w x 26d x 14h inches, 96w x 66d x 36h cm. The proportions are perfect (96x66x36cm) and the form is elegant.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1160480 (stock #0957)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
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 : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1358635 (stock #1286)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Joseon Dynasty Calligraphy by Lee Jin Sook aka Seong Jae (1867 - 1946). Ink on paper. 54 x 13.5 inches, 137 x 34.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1384571 (stock #1342)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Stunning Late Joseon Dynasty Korean Antique Lacquered Phoenix Tray w/ Tortoise Shell and Shark Skin. During the Joseon Dynasty, only royalty was allowed to use the phoenix. 12.5 width x 1.25 height, 32 width x 3.25 height cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1416772 (stock #1434)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
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 : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1910 item #1439692 (stock #1443)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Antique Black Lacquered Mother of Pearl Samoan Kava Cup. 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. Height: 7.5 inches (19cm), Width: 3.75 inches (9.5cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1396555 (stock #1397)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Calligraphy by Korea's Most Famous Calligrapher, O Se Chang aka Wichang (1864 - 1953). Not only is O Se Chang the most renowned calligrapher in Korean history, his books on calligraphy have become the definitive texts on the subject. He is famous for his works in seal script, as in this example here. 53 x 12 inches, 134 x 30 cm. O Se Chang's calligraphy is currently prominently featured in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition on Korean calligraphy, Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing, including his work on loan from the National Museum of Korea.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1428937 (stock #1440)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Antique Korean Coin Chest, Donkwe. 20h x 32w x 15d, 51h x 81w x 38d m. Coin chests are highly prized by collectors of Korean antiques. 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. Mattie Ingold, an American missionary physician who worked in Jeonju, wrote: "If Korean money were proportionately as great in value as it is in weight and clumsiness, the Koreans would be a very wealthy people."
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #997239 (stock #0490)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Fine 19th Century Perfectly Matched Pair of Oiled Paper on Wood Wedding Chests with a Beautiful Surface. Only very old oiled paper that has aged for many years can give you this warm, deep, dark hue. A rare perfect pair that is guaranteed to add warmth and beauty to any room. Dimensions of each chest: 30w x 17.5h x 14.75 inches, 76w x 44.5h x 37.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1140641 (stock #0919)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
19th Century Rare and Elegant Walnut Wood Korean Scholar's Document Box (Munseoham). 15w x 10h x 8d inches, 38w x 25.5h x 20.5d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1416777 (stock #1435)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
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 : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1362485 (stock #1304)
Korean Art and Antiques
$250.00
Small Korean Coin Chest with Old Inscription Inside the Lid. Coin chests (Donkwe) are highly prized by collectors of Korean antiques. 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." 18w x 9h x 8d inches, 45.75w x 23h x 20.25d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1263082 (stock #1143)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Beautifully Carved Indonesian Antique Inkline Carpenter's Tool for marking straight lines with ink. From the Irwin Hersey Collection of Indonesian Art. Irwin Hersey was the author of Indonesian Primitive Art. Catalog #ID288 from the Hersey Collection. 6 x 3.75 x 2.5 inches, 15.25 x 9.5 x 6.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1318181 (stock #1233)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Exceptional Example of a Joseon Dysnasty Blue and White Painted Porcelain Bottle with a lovely design and form, exquisitely painted in the classic court style. The sensitive and skilled painter of this fine bottle began with a light blue ring around the neck and two darker rings at the foot under the Youi scroll design that encircles the bottom of the body. The Youi is a mushroom-shaped scepter or talisman. Having defined his canvas, he composed a most idyllic microcosm of butterflies, a Korean symbol of happiness, fluttering past peonies that spray in every direction, contrasting with the very small and quietly perched bird. The peony is a symbol of love and prosperity. The form itself is graceful and subtle and begins with a gently flared mouth atop a narrow neck that subtly and almost imperceptibly flares out to an elongated round body with a low hip that gently curves downward to the foot with a recessed base. The stone-like heft of the bottle and color of the pure white clay, along with the skilled painting make it certain that this fine blue and white porcelain bottle was made at the royal Kumsari kiln. There is a repair to the neck. Height: 10 inches (25.5cm); Circumference: 18.5 inches (47cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1443996 (stock #1466)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,000.00
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1384128 (stock #1341)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Luxurious 19th Century Korean Black-Lacquered Mother-of-Pearl Comb and Cosmetics Box (Bitjup). This fine example is larger than other lacquered comb boxes. It is 11.25 x 11.25 x 10 inches (28.5 x 28.5 x 25.5 cm). The pairs of birds represent love, the hexagonal motif on the middle drawers is the ancient tortoise-back symbol of longevity, the peony on the bottom right drawer represents abundance and wealth with its full and abundant petals, the peaches on the lower left drawer and the peach-shaped middle drawer pulls are symbols of longevity, and the top and bottom drawer pulls in the form of a bat are symbols of happiness and good fortune, because the words for bat and happiness are pronounced the same. This is a stunning 19th Century box filled with ancient and meaningful symbolism.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1404394 (stock #1418)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
Exquisite Painted Bronze Qing Dynasty Chinese Guan Yin Bodhisattva of Compassion. Height: 4.75 inches (12 cm). From an important and published collection. Provenance available upon request.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1170373 (stock #0964)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3500.00
Burmese Bronze Buddha with Movable Left Hand. 16.5 inches, 42 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006629 (stock #0572)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Nepalese Mask from the Humla Region with a beard, eyebrows, and scalp. 9 inches, 23 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006633 (stock #0576)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Nepalese Middle Hills Joker Mask. 9.25 inches 23.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #997217 (stock #0487)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Tibetan Tiger Mask, 10x9x7 inches, 25.5x23x18 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #833567 (stock #0264)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Antique Korean Black Inkstone Box and Antique Inkstone. The poem on the lid is a beautiful work of calligraphy. It can be read in two directions as "Celebrated mountain object" and "Celebrated mountain extraordinary wisdom", meaning that this object will be used in the pursuit of wisdom. The inkstone has a banana leaf motif, referencing the 8th Century Chinese scholar and celebrated calligrapher, Huaisu who wrote on banana leaves when he ran out of paper. A rare and most interesting find. 9.5w x 6d x 2.75h inches, 24w x 15d x 7h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006635 (stock #0578)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Nepalese Rai Tribe Mask with Pigment. 10.75 inches, 27.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1271654 (stock #1156)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Calligraphy by the Joseon Dynasty's Last Prime Minister, Lee Wan Yong aka Ildang (1858 - 1926). He was prime minister of Korea in 1906 - 1910. Lee is Korea's most infamous traitor, the "Benedict Arnold of Korea", for signing the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty in 1910. Connoisseurs begrudgingly acknowledge his great talents as a calligrapher, but the disdain with which he is regarded keeps the demand, and thus the prices of his work very low. Mounted on sky blue silk. Scroll: 74.5 x 17.5 inches, 189 x 44.5 cm; Calligraphy: 51.5 x 12.75 inches, 131 x 32.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #997197 (stock #0478)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Newari Mask, 12 inches, 30.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #801498 (stock #0158)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Lovely Framed Bojagi Korean Patchwork Wrapping Cloth (Chogakbo). Since they are made from scraps of cloth, no two bojagi are alike. The versatile bojagi could be used for wrapping objects, covering them, or carrying them. A fine and framed example of a uniquely Korean folk art object. Frame: 25 x 24 inches (63.5 x 61 cm), Bojagi: 18.5 x 17.5 inches (47 x 44.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1255856 (stock #1134)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Early 20th Century Large Black-Lacquered Mother-of-Pearl Box, in fair condition with much loss of the mother-of-pearl. The brass hardware is old but is not original. 31.5 x 18.5 x 16.5 inches, 80 x 47 x 42 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006628 (stock #0571)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Nepalese Yak Hair Mask from the Humla Region. 8 inches, 20.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1006634 (stock #0577)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Nepalese Middle Hills Mask with a Third Eye. 10.75 inches, 27.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #999006 (stock #0496)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
This finely embroidered bojagi is the oldest bojagi we have ever had. It would have been used as a beautiful way of covering food. The thick paper lining would protect both the food and the cloth. The loop handle on the top would be used to remove the bojagi from the dining table, and could be used to carry the bojagi, after neatly folding it as shown in the second photo here. Peonies, a symbol of prosperity, adorn the center. Azaleas, one of Korea's most beloved flowers, adorn each corner of this heart-warming bojagi. Azaleas often appear in Korean art and literature, and is the chosen symbol of many Korean cities. 19 x 19 inches, 48 x 48 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #871234 (stock #0331)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Beautifully Rendered and Painted Korean Rooster Funerary Figure. Funerary figures (kkoktu), were used on the funeral bier. Traditionally, these figures would be burned after their use, but thankfully this one survived the pyre and what was intended to be an ephemeral existence. It was removed to the home and used as a good luck and guardian figure to bless and protect the home. Because it was believed that the rooster's morning cry drove away the night's evil spirits, an important talisman to ward off evil spirits was wood-carved roosters. They are a very important icon in traditional Korean folk art and in Korean tradition in general. The rooster’s comb symbolizes intelligence; traditional officials’ hats are based on the comb. The claws mean strength. The rooster was called the 'clock bird' and was sacred to Koreans. 14h x 9w inches, 35.5h x 23w cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1396556 (stock #1398)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Calligraphy by Korea's Most Famous Calligrapher, O Se Chang aka Wichang (1864 - 1953). Not only is O Se Chang the most renowned calligrapher in Korean history, his books on calligraphy have become the definitive texts on the subject. He is famous for his works in seal script. This piece is a fine example of his calligraphy in ancient seal script in double column. This is the style of his work that collectors desire most. 53 x 12 inches, 134 x 30 cm. O Se Chang's calligraphy is currently prominently featured in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition on Korean calligraphy, Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing, including his work on loan from the National Museum of Korea.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1170500 (stock #0975)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1362558 (stock #1307)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
The classic yongmok samcheung-jang (Korean zelkova root chest with three levels) is probably the most-widely imitated type of Korean antique chest among the reproductions that are all over the internet. This exquisite and genuine 19th Century Joseon Dynasty yongmok samcheung-jang will surely be the showcase piece in any collection. Yongmok is zelkova root, and literally translates to dragon burlwood, which describes the shapes of dragons that can be seen in the very fancy grain of the zelkova root. This chest is a particularly rare and fine example in exceptionally good condition. If you ever do see an old and fine Korean chest of zelkova, it is always just the panels that are of zelkova, while the frame is pine. This rare chest actually uses zelkova for both the panels and the frame, so that the entire front is zelkova. The effect is quite stunning. The other sides are constructed of a fine wide-grained paulownia wood. The stand is carved in the shape of a bat, an ancient Korean symbol of good fortune, because bat and good fortune share the same pronunciation. Other than the cheaply-made reproductions of these that you see all over the internet (most of which are dishonestly described as antiques and are not even made in Korea), it is unlikely that you will see another genuine Joseon Dynasty Dragon Burlwood Three-Level Chest for sale, other than in Korea, where it will sell for multiples of this price. We receive emails almost weekly from factories in China that sell the reproductions very cheaply. Unlike some other dealers, we have never accepted these offers. There's nothing like the look of rare and exotic zelkova root that has aged for over 100 years. Unlike the reproductions, this genuine article will last for generations and the beauty of the old wood will only deepen and increase with age, making it a fine heirloom for a proud family. 64h x 43w x 20.75d inches, 162.5h x 109w x 52.75d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1253755 (stock #1127)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
19th Century Korean Wood Spool (Silpae) for winding and unwinding thread for embroidery and sewing. The form and design of this spool makes it one of the most beautiful antique Korean spools we have ever seen. It is adorned with lovely carved plum blossoms, symbol of courage (because the plum blossom blooms early, when winter is not quite finished), and it is encircled with rieul (ㄹ) characters to symbolize eternal continuity. This is a great example of the love and care that went into the design of an everyday object that was dear to the lady of a 19th Korean home. It has a beautiful patina from many years of adoring use. 8 x 2.5 inches, 20 x 6.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1004954 (stock #0559)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
19th Century Tibetan Yogin Thangka, 32.5 x 22.5 inches, 82.5 x 57 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 : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1118495 (stock #0870)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Large 19th Century Korean Sharkskin Jang Geom Sword with Silver Overlay. The scabbard is covered in sharkskin and lacquered black over that. The handle is very interesting and is covered in sharkskin underneath the heavy leather wrapping, and over the sharkskin there is a thick brass foil that is hammered to look like sharkskin. This is a unique technique. The end fitting is missing. The crossguard is shaky because there are a few washers missing from the sword. The blade goes all the way in the scabbard tightly but is off-center by about half an inch. 61.5 inches, 155 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #585356 (stock #0077)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #950127 (stock #007b)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Indian Devi (Durga) Mohra Mask from Himachal Pradesh. In traditional use, it would have been wrapped in garlands and marched in processions. This piece has been glued together where it split in half. It is a clean break and looks fine. 12h x 8w inches, 30.5h x 20.5w cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1323037 (stock #1240)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Beautiful and Rare Korean Joseon Dynasty Silver and Coral Eunjangdo with Very Fine Floral Design. The eunjangdo was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. 4 inches, 10 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1404428 (stock #1424)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #995508 (stock #0471)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Very Fine and Rare Silver Inlaid Iron Brazier (a source of heating and light), hexagonal shape, beautifully rendered and in excellent condition. Each protuberant side is decorated with a keyfret-bordered roundel enclosing six different works of art: a crane and sea turtle in beautifully stylized clouds and waves beneath a silvery moon (symbols of longevity); one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems of an oversized conch shell; a leafy floral design symbolizing abundance; a leafy branch of pomegranates whose many seeds symbolize fertility; another leafy floral branch; and a deer couple at rest beneath a wonderfully curving pine tree that encircles and protects this gorgeous, idyllic scene blessed with symbolism of a long, healthy, happy and peaceful life filled with love. Each roundel is surrounded by a cell diaper pattern with a keyfret border on each side of the brazier. The decorated waisted neck supports a flat everted hexagonal rim decorated with a floral vignette on a cell diaper ground and a keyfret border, all resting on a keyfret-bordered base with six bracket feet decorated with lotus flowers and scrolls. The lotus is a Buddhist symbol of purity, because it rises above the muck to the surface of the pond to show its face to the sun, symbolizing hope and redemption. Height: 6.5 inches, 16.5 cm; Width: 8 inches, 20 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1113257 (stock #0850)
Korean Art and Antiques
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19th Century Sharkskin Head Band Case with Lacquered Dragon and Many Fine Details. A string would have been looped through either the lacquered dragon or the brass ring on the lid. Only a high-ranking person would have had a case that was made of sharkskin. This one is completely covered in sharkskin. The beautifully rendered brass hardware has grape motifs etched into them, a symbol of abundance, because of its many seeds. The chrysanthemum on the lid is also a symbol of plenty, because of its many petals. The other brass work on the lid is the two ancient Daoist trigrams, 'Thunder' and 'Fire'. Altogether a marvelous and rare work of artistry in excellent condition. 6.25 x 3.5 inches, 16 x 9 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1434461 (stock #1442)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1189908 (stock #1036)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Rare Antique Korean Doll Couple with exact details in the costumes of that era (late 19th Century). These were used in rituals. This is an exceptional example, with very personal features, such as the woman's swollen cheek bones and pursed lips, and the man's introspective eyes, that go well with their bent postures from many years of living a full life. It is rare to find dolls from this era that are so artistically and beautifully rendered with so much heart-warming emotion. It is equally rare to find a man with an original walking stick. 8.5 inches, 21.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #805720 (stock #0237)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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.