Korean Art and Antiques
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 : 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 : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1384983 (stock #1344)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Rare Korean 19th Century Joseon Dynasty 18-Piece Set of Miniature Porcelains for Ritual Use. 1 to 3.25 inches, 2.5 to 8.25 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 #1383516 (stock #1335)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
19th Century Korean Twelve-Sided Tiger Leg (Cabriole Leg) Personal Dining Table (Soban) of Ginkgo Wood from Gyeongsang Province. In Joseon Dynasty Korea, meals were served to individuals in their rooms on these personal dining tables. There is an identical table in the book that is the bible of Korean antique furniture, Traditional Korean Furniture (page 82, photo 89) by my friend and mentor, Man Sill Pai. She elaborates on this type of soban in her book, Dining Tables published by Ewha University Press. She says, "These tiger-legged soban tables (hojok-ban) 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." 17.5 inches (44.5 cm) wide x 11 inches (28 cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1323037 (stock #1240)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1113257 (stock #0850)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 #1404428 (stock #1424)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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
SOLD
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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1189908 (stock #1036)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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.