Korean Art and Korean Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1391873 (stock #1363)
Korean Art and Antiques
$700.00
Wood Safe with Drawers and Original Key and Carrying Handle, Late Joseon Dynasty. The chrysanthemum iron work for the handle is a nice touch. The chrysanthemum, with its many petals, is an ancient symbol of plenty. Beautiful dark wood. 16.5 x 10.25 x 9 inches, 42 x 26 x 23 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1051417 (stock #0670)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
You see the written characters su (longevity) and bok (happiness) paired together everywhere, on paintings, furniture, ceramics, textiles, etc., but this is likely the most delightful and creative allegory for the pair that you'll see. One painting depicts the god of longevity Namgungoin (literally, "south-country-old-man", another name for Suseongnoin, the Southern Star Spirit) riding a crane, another symbol of longevity. The South Pole Star Spirit's large head represents his great wisdom. The other painting is of beautiful butterflies, symbols of happiness, or good fortune. A wonderfully creative allegorical painting of su (longevity) and bok (happiness). Another level of meaning can be found in the painting of the Southern Star Spirit. Because the Southern Star (or the Southern Cross) cannot be seen from Korea but can be seen from China, only those who had traveled to China or who could read Chinese books knew about it. So to paint or own a Southern Star Spirit painting meant that you were educated or well-traveled, or both. Mineral pigments on paper. Each frame: 21 x 21 inches, 53 x 53 cm; Each painting: 12 inches, 30.5 cm diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1140634 (stock #0917)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1000.00
19th Century Korean Woman's Comb and Cosmetic Accessory Box (Bitjup) with Beautiful Two-Toned Persimmon Wood Drawers. Boxes with two-toned persimmon wood are highly-desired by collectors. This fine box is a rare and beautiful example with persimmon drawers and lovely metalwork with drawer pulls in the shape of the Heavenly Peach of Immortality attached to plum blossoms (symbol of courage), and bats (symbol of good fortune). 13w x 10.75h x 10.5d inches, 33w x 27.25h x 26.75d 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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Chaekkori, paintings depicting books and scholar's items, are abundant with symbols of diligence, motivation, good fortune and virtue. Chaekkori are uniquely Korean, despite the fact that many of the items depicted in a Chaekkori 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 Chaekkori. 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 Chaekkori 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 1900 item #1275607 (stock #1174)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Very Rare Wide-Grained Korean Ash Wood Soban Personal Dining Table with Floral Crest. Purchased from Koreana Art and Antiques in the 1980's. The original price tag is still on the bottom of the table, as seen in the 3rd photograph here. This form is rare, and the floral crest is even more rare. Truly a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece. 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. 14.5 x 13.25 x 4.25 inches, 37 x 33.5 x 10.75 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1116748 (stock #0866)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
A Very Rare 19th Century Korean Black Lacquered Mother of Pearl Soban (individual dining table), with cranes (symbols of immortality, and eternal love when they are paired, as they are here), pine tree (symbol of longevity), orchids (symbol of purity and modesty), bullocho (the mythical longevity plant) and bamboo (symbol of resilience). There is loss to some of the mother of pearl, but it can be replaced by a Korean artisan. This is reflected in the very low price for this fine, beautiful, and rare piece. We do not restore or refinish our items. We leave it up to the client to decide if they want to do it. 15w x 12d x 9.25h inches, 38w x 30.5d x 23.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1404417 (stock #1420)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,250.00
Very Rare Korean Antique Wood Carved and Painted Wedding Geese Couple. A charming work of bright and colorful Korean folk art. These geese were a gift from a groom to a bride many years ago. Because geese mate for life, the goose was a symbol of the groom's lifelong commitment to his bride. When an antique Korean wedding goose comes on the market, it is usually only a single goose. This is the only couple we have ever had. #1 length: 11.5 inches (29cm), width: 3.5 inches (9cm), height: x 5.5 inches (14cm). #2 length: 9.5 inches (24cm), depth: 3 inches (7.5cm), height: 5.5 inches (14cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1172610 (stock #0980)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Very Rare Korean Antique Snack Serving Tray with a gorgeous deep color that comes only with aged wood. 15.5 x 9.25 x 4 inches, 39.5 x 23.5 x 10 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1323425 (stock #1243)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
Very Rare Korean Joseon Dynasty Child's Linen Jacket (Jeogori) with silk straps. This is likely the only antique child's jeogori you will ever see offered for sale. 31 x 17 inches, 79 x 43 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1492 item #1250725 (stock #1162)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Very Rare Goryeo Dynasty Gan Chal Calligraphy by the famous scholar Jeong Yi Oh aka Gyo Eun, born 1347. Frame: 19 x 19 inches, 48.25 x 48.25 cm; Calligraphy: 12 x 12 inches, 30.5 x 30.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1079127 (stock #0770)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3000.00
Very Rare 13th Century Celadon Bowl with Elaborate Gold Painting. Gold-painted celadons were produced during a very short period of time in the late 13th Century in Korea, so they are very rare. Black and white slip inlay is used for the design of the Willow Trees (ancient symbol of peace and contentment), Duck Family (symbol of blissful family life), Pampas Grass (symbol of autumn), Bullocho (mythical longevity plant), Lotus Blossoms (symbol of purity and rebirth), Chrysanthemums (symbol of well-being and abundance), and Orchids (symbol of modesty). Real gold paint is used throughout, for the bullocho, the pampas flowers, the irises, the ducks, the three rings that circle the interior of the bowl at the top to create a band for the inlaid floral scroll, and the two rings at the bottom of the bowl interior that create a solar center for the gold chrysanthemum. The exterior of the bowl is as elaborately inlaid as the interior, with gorgeous floral scrolls and sprays throughout, and a ring of stylized lotus blossoms at the bottom. The old gold lacquer repair is a desirable thing for serious collectors, and adds further character and history to a very rare, true masterpiece of celadon. 7.5w x 2.75h inches, 19w x 7h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1280003 (stock #1185)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Very Rare Calligraphy by Kang Se Hwang aka Pyo Am (1713-1791), artist, calligrapher, art scholar and critic, and one of the most important figures and the most influential scholar-painter of 18th Century Korea. Calligraphy by Kang Se Hwang is so rare that the only other example that we know of in America is a very similar work in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, illustrated on pages 172-173 of the recently published, Pathways to Korean Culture: Paintings of the Joseon Dynasty by Burglind Jungmann. The left and right margins bear the signed and sealed authentication of the most renowned expert on Korean calligraphy, Kim Sun Won aka Mae San, celebrated calligrapher and host of the television show Jin Pum Myung Pum, the Korean equivalent of the Antiques Road Show. Mae San's authentications are highly valued and can be found on pieces in museum collections throughout Korea. 25 x 11 inches, 63.5 x 28 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1189910 (stock #1037)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Very Rare and Beautifully Detailed Antique Korean Wedding Dolls, with exact details in the wedding costumes of that era (late 19th Century). It is rare to find these with all of their original accessories intact. You will never see another pair like this for sale. These were used in rituals. Height: 11 inches (28cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1307950 (stock #1212)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare Persimmon Scholar's Stationery Chest (Mungap) with a beautiful grain and fine detailing. Old mungap are very rare, and persimmon wood, with its two-tone grain, is the wood that is most desired by collectors. 'Mun' means things pertaining to culture, and 'gap' means low chest. These chests were given this name because they were used as a repository for items related to cultural life, such as rolls of paper, brushes, ink sticks and ink stones. One door lifts out, and then other doors can slide over and lift out, to reveal an interior that is as beautiful as the exterior. This is the kind of design that influenced the creators of Art Deco. 43w x 16d x 17.5h inches, 109w x 40.5d x 44.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1172618 (stock #0984)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
Very Rare 19th Century Korean Woven Bamboo and Willow Gori Basket and Lid with a beautiful dark patina and very creative use of the bamboo and willow, on both the exterior and interior of the basket. When you see so much extra time and creativity devoted to the inside of the basket like this, that means that this one-of-a-kind work of art was created by a very dedicated and caring artisan. For a similar Korean Bamboo and Willow Gori Basket, please see page 106 of Korean Cultural Heritage 2, published in 2002. 12 x 3 inches, 30.5 x 7.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1800 item #1404419 (stock #1421)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
Very Rare 18th Century Korean Coin Chest (Donkwe) with all six sides made of Zelkova Wood. You will never find another like this. With zelkova wood supplies dwindling at the end of the 18th Century, Koreans started making coin chests of zelkova on 4 sides, and pine on 2 sides. By the end of the 19th Century, coin chests were made either entirely of pine, or pine on 4 sides and zelkova on 2 sides. You will never find an older or more beautiful piece of Korean antique furniture. Coin chests are highly prized by collectors, as their purpose required that they be the heaviest and most well constructed piece of furniture in the home. 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." This coin chest is likely the oldest one to be offered for sale. It is missing the lock plate, but is otherwise in good condition. 28w x 17d x 17h inches, 71w x 43d x 43h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1280118 (stock #1187)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
A very fine example of a Joseon Dynasty Korean tiger hunting painting, that makes use of the best quality pigments and finest silk, and is rendered with the highest level of artistry and skill, likely by a painter from the royal court. A similar painting recently sold at auction in Korea for $5500. Unique to Korea, almost all Korean hunting paintings depict hunters in Mongolian costume. In spite of the Mongols' brutal occupation of Korea in the 13th Century, Koreans maintained great admiration for Mongolian hunting and equestrian skills. This painting is one of a pair. The other painting is on this website (Stock #1186). Scroll: 50 x 17 inches (127 x 43 cm); Painting: 27 x 13 inches (68.5 x 33 cm).