Korean Art and Korean Antiques
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 : 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 : 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 : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1138082 (stock #0895)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
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 : 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 : 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 #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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1180294 (stock #1000)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Set of Three Nesting Wood Boxes covered with Applied Hand-Cut Paper Designs, finished with a light oil, very much like the one in the Brooklyn Museum (see page 163 of the Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum, 2006). All of the boxes are lined with budok talismanic prints. The prints alone are rare and valuable. You will never find another set like this. The bats are a symbol of happiness. The Korean Taeguk symbol adorns the lids and sides of each box. 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. A nice example of the old tradition of Korean Hanji (Paper) Art. Large Box: 19.25 x 11.5 x 6.75 inches, 49 x 29 x 17 cm; Medium Box: 17.5 x 9.75 x 5.5 inches, 44.5 x 24.75 x 14 cm; Small Box: 15.75 x 8 x 4.75 inches, 40 x 20.25 x 12 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1172613 (stock #0982)
Korean Art and Antiques
$300.00
Korean Antique Compartmented Inkstone Box and Old Brush. This box has a warm beauty that comes from its lovely form and beautiful patina that shows many years of devoted use by a Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar. 10 x 7 x 1.25 inches, 25.5 x 17.75 x 3 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1074311 (stock #0714)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Old Large Bamboo Box covered with Paper. A unique wicker box with a gorgeous color and beautiful patina. 26 x 13.5 x 10 inches, 66 x 34.5 x 25.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1362558 (stock #1307)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,000.00
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. On the rare occasion when you 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 : 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 : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1375756 (stock #1329)
Korean Art and Antiques
$7,000.00
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 #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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #805720 (stock #0237)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1383516 (stock #1335)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #997239 (stock #0490)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1000.00
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 #1361001 (stock #1297)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Rare Korean Mirror Box with Inlaid Wood Design, the only example we have ever had of a Joseon Dynasty Korean inlaid wood mirror box. This is a beautiful example with burlwood and inlaid happiness characters. 13.5 x 9 x 8.5h inches, 34.25 x 23 x 21.5h cm.