Korean Art and Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1383786 (stock #1338)
Korean Art and Antiques
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19th Century Korean Twelve-Sided Tiger Leg (Cabriole Leg) Personal Dining Table (Soban) of Zelkova 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 inches (43 cm) wide x 10.75 inches (27.5 cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1192431 (stock #1041)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Rare Antique Onggi Medicinal Pot and Cover from Gyeonggi Province, with a beautiful deep, dark brown color. This pot is formed from two halves, a bottom half and a top half, that are put together to form this striking and unusual shape, with a ridged seam around the circumference of the pot. The clay is rich in iron and the glaze is made from clay mixed with wood ash and a little raw lead. The result is a rich dark chocolate brown. Height: 8 inches, 20.5 cm; Circumference: 26.5 inches, 67.25 cm. Onggi are the most 'Korean' of Korean pots. All words related to onggi are of pure Korean origin, not based on Chinese characters. They are a beautiful form of Korean folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1004597 (stock #0548)
Korean Art and Antiques
$300.00
Korean Scholar's Inkstone Box constructed entirely of paulownia wood, a very desirable wood for scholars and collectors because of its unique and beautiful grain and its natural bug repellent qualities. Below the inkstone compartment there is a larger compartment for holding what was called the scholar's four friends: brush, ink, paper, and inkstone. The inkstone box was a Korean scholar's most treasured item. This is a beautiful and fine example. Its simple, quiet beauty was perfect for the scholar's Confucian aesthetic, and will look great with any kind of decor. 12.5 x 8 x 8 inches, 32 x 20 x 20 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1192430 (stock #1040)
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Antique Onggi Jar for Preserving Seeds from Gyeongsang Province, with charming finger-painting designs. Height: 9 inches, 23 cm; Circumference: 34 inches, 86.25 cm. Onggi are the most 'Korean' of Korean pots. All words related to onggi are of pure Korean origin, not based on Chinese characters. They are a beautiful form of Korean folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1362113 (stock #1302)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Antique Korean Rice Cake Press Mold (Dasikpan) with Lovely Carved Chrysanthemums (Symbol of fertility because of its many petals) Plum Blossoms (symbol of courage because it bloom early, before winter in finished), and Bat (Symbol of happiness, because the Korean word for bat "bok" is a homonym for the word for happiness). A very nice example of Korean folk art. These were treasured by Joseon Dynasty wives. When they were not in use, they were on display in the kitchen. With the old hanging hook in the top, this will display beautifully and proudly. 15.5w x 3 inches, 39.5 x 7.5 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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1170497 (stock #0974)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
Blue and White Porcelain Jar from the Korean Royal Bunwon Kiln, with peonies (symbol of prosperity), bullocho (mythical longevity plant), and the Seven Treasures motif rendered in two different styles on opposite sides of the jar. The seven treasures are gold, silver, lapis, crystal, coral, agate, and pearls. Height: 4.25 inches, 10.75 cm. Circumference: 17 inches, 43 cm. A nice piece with the royal kiln glaze, but not in very good condition, with repairs, touch-ups, and a few small chips to the rim. This is a rare opportunity to own a beautiful royal Bunwon porcelain at a great price.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #992518 (stock #0460)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #805592 (stock #0234)
Korean Art and Antiques
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This fine, gorgeous Duiju (Korean Rice Chest), with its stunning, large zelkova front panel and frame of thick, sturdy pine to hold the weight of the rice, is a twin in size, quality, and construction of the Duiju in Korea's Onyang Museum (cf. Korean Furniture and Culture, page 60). 35w x 34.5h x 23d inches, 89w x 88h x 59d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #871363 (stock #0337)
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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 #938002 (stock #0427)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 #1361000 (stock #1296)
Korean Art and Antiques
$450.00
Set of Three Nesting Wood Boxes covered with Applied Hand-Cut Paper Designs and finished with a light oil. This is very much like the one in the Brooklyn Museum (see page 163 of the Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum, 2006). The Brooklyn box is only one box, whereas this is three nesting boxes. The Korean Taeguk symbol adorns the lids and sides of each box, along with stylized floral designs. With one more section than the two-sectioned yin and yang symbol, the three-sectioned Korean Samtaeguk symbolizes Heaven (red), Earth (green) and Humankind (yellow), which combine and interlock to form the supreme ultimate unity of cosmological forces. Large Box: 18 x 10 x 5 inches, 45.75 x 25.5 x 12.75 cm; Medium Box: 16.25 x 8.5 x 4 inches, 41.25 x 21.5 x 10 cm; Small Box: 14.5 x 7.25 x 3.5 inches, 37 x 18.5 x 9 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1439910 (stock #1449)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Antique Timor Message Drum from the published and renowned collection of Sam Hilu, a prominent author and adviser on traditional Asian art. 20.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches, 52 x 14 x 14 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 #1375756 (stock #1329)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,500.00
Rare 19th Century Black Lacquered Box with Mother-of-Pearl Cranes (symbol of longevity and eternal love, because cranes were believed to mate for life), Peach Trees (symbol of longevity), Plum Blossoms (symbol of courage because the plum blossom blooms early, before winter is finished), and Peonies (symbol of prosperity). 20w x 11.5d x 11.75h, 51w x 29d x 30h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1391875 (stock #1364)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Fine, Rare 19th Century Korean Inkstone Box with Tortoise-Form Handle and Deep, Dark Grain. Elegant form and deep color. The tortoise is an ancient symbol of steadfastness and longevity. The underside of his shell was believed to conceal the secrets of the universe. So this box would have held the same meaning to the one who used it. The black tortoise depicted here was the king of all tortoises, with extraordinary powers to protect one from evil. The inkstone box was a Korean scholar's most treasured item. He handled it every day, when he would take out his inkstone to begin writing or painting. This is a fine example with a rare form that must have been inspiring and contemplative for the original owner. 11 x 7.25 x 3.75 inches, 28 x 18.5 x 9.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1275606 (stock #1173)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Rare Type of Korean Antique Dining Table with Engraved Floral Scrolls and Calligraphy of Happiness and Long Life Characters. If you are interested, we can provide information on a very similar Korean table that recently sold at an auction in Korea for $4000. These types of tables are rare and much sought-after by collectors. The original natural oil finish has been buffed to a clear beautiful shine over many decades of buffing and cleaning, and is so much more attractive than the waxy chemical finishes on today's furniture. 36.5 x 20.5 x 11.5 inches, 92.75 x 52 x 29.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #997199 (stock #0479)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
West Nepalese Mask with Yak Hair, 13 inches, 33 cm.