Korean Art and Korean Antiques
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
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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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1189235 (stock #1028)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is a rare Antique Pungcha, Korean Winter Hat of Fur and Silk. This elegant and uniquely Korean hat, with a most beautiful form, is often seen in period paintings, and now only on this website, as you will not likely see another for sale. The ear flaps of this hat could be flipped up and tied together in the back when the weather wasn't so cold. This antique hat is being offered here at a price that is lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. 14 inches (35.5cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1192135 (stock #1039)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is a rare Antique Pungcha, Korean Winter Hat of Fur and Silk. This elegant and uniquely Korean hat, with a most beautiful form, is often seen in period paintings, and now only on this website, as you will not likely see another for sale. The ear flaps of this hat could be flipped up and tied together in the back when the weather wasn't so cold. This antique hat is being offered here at a price that is lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. 14.5 inches (36.75cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1052088 (stock #0675)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is likely the only time you will see for sale an antique mourning set (sangbok), both hat and robe. This is another example of how rare Korean antiques are, especially compared to the abundance of antiques from the rest of Asia. The robe is made entirely of hemp. Even a rich man was expected to wear a humble hemp robe when in mourning. The mourning hat (baekrip) here is made of linen and very finely woven bamboo with silk chin straps. It is an exceptional example among the rare existing examples, because most mourning hats are made of hemp, but this one is made of a fine linen and the weaving of the bamboo is especially fine. This hat was worn when one was in mourning for a deceased family member or when the nation was mourning the passing of a king. Mourning hats had to be worn for two years, until the damje, the ceremony during which the mourning clothing is removed, just after the big daesang ceremony that marked the second anniversary of the death. We know these hats and robes from paintings and a few rare museum examples, but this fine set is the only one that is for sale anywhere on the market. Please take a good look at the fourth photo here, the underside of the hat, so you can see how incredibly fine is the weaving of the thinly-sliced bamboo. During the Joseon Dynasty, only stores that were licensed to make mourning hats could sell them. These stores were called baengripjeon. This antique set is being offered here at a price that is much lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. Robe: 45h x 25w inches, 114h x 63.5w cm; Hat: 12.25w x 5.5h inches, 31w x 14h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1275606 (stock #1173)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
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 : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1060870 (stock #0699)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is a rare Confucian Student's Hat (Yugon). Korean scholars didn't often keep the hats that they wore as students, so student hats like this survive in much smaller numbers than the hats that were worn by scholars. This delightful example is made from a fine ramie. It folds up into a small square to fit into the pocket. When it is worn, it takes the shape of the character for 'student' ('xue sheng' in Chinese, 'haksaeng' in Korean). This hat was also worn when taking the civil service examination. A charming piece of Korean academic history. This antique hat is being offered here at a price that is lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. 8.5h x 10.25w x 5d inches, 21.5h x 26w x 12.5d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1369024 (stock #1321)
Korean Art and Antiques
$700.00
Red Lacquered Safe with Beautiful Metalwork with a great variety of auspicious symbols: a tortoise lock (symbol of longevity), bats (symbol of happiness), bullocho (mythical longevity plant), plum blossoms (symbol of courage because the plum tree blooms at the end of winter, before spring has arrived), and the swastika that is the ancient Buddhist symbol for the wheel of life. 13.5d x 11h x 9w inches, 34d x 28h x 23w cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1700 item #1056370 (stock #0681)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Roof tile with a unique abstracted Dokkaebi goblin face. Dokkaebi are goblins that frighten bad people, but appear humorous to good people and can do them no harm. They will assist an upright person and scare away the bad guys. 16 x 11 x 9.5 inches, 41 x 28 x 24 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1837 VR item #1328265 (stock #1244)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Blue and White Porcelain Memorial Tablet for Park Gi Il from Miryang, Korea, dated May 1830. It declares a long genealogy in the royal Min clan. This epitaph was written upon the passing of Park Gi Il of Miryang in May 1830. It memorializes him and lists his ancestors' names. An important piece of history and a rare and beautiful work of calligraphy painted with blue cobalt on white porcelain. 7.5 x 6 inches, 19 x 15 cm. framed
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #803407 (stock #0215)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Yakjeowul, Complete Scale Set with Original Wood Case for Weighing Medicine. The item being weighed would be hung from the hook while the weight would be moved along the notches on the beam until a balance was achieved. The mark on the notch would indicate the weight of the item. 15.75 x 3 inches, 40 x 7.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1172624 (stock #0988)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
Set of Five 19th Century Korean Wood Serving Tables. These tables also make excellent display stands. Sizes: 10.75 x 10.75 x 3.75 inches (27.25 x 27.25 x 9.5 cm), 9.5 x 9 x 3.75 inches (24 x 22.75 x 9.5 cm), 9 x 8.75 x 3 (22.75 x 22.25 x 7.5 cm), 8.5 x 8.5 x 2.75 (21.5 x 21.5 x 7 cm), 7.5 x 5.25 x 4 inches (19 x 13.25 x 10 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1361000 (stock #1296)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
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 : 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 : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #803403 (stock #0213)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Daejeowul, Silver Inlaid Korean Scale for Weighing Silver and Gold. The item being weighed would be hung from the hook while the weight would be moved along the silver inlaid notches on the beam until a balance was achieved. The mark on the notch would indicate the weight of the item. The Choson court introduced the metric system to Korea in 1902. 10 kilogram iron weight is included. 22 inches, 56 cm long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1362485 (stock #1304)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
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 : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #992518 (stock #0460)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1000.00
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 : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1920 item #992512 (stock #0459)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Sri Lankan Antique Earthenware Sculpture of a Lion. 8 x 5 inches, 20.5 x 12.5 cm.