Korean Art and Korean Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #805655 (stock #0236)
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This piece was recently on view at an exhibition at the Korea Society. Genuine 19th Century Ton-kwe (Korean Coin Chests) are becoming increasingly rare on the antiques market. They 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 a fine and old example. The iron lockplate is itself a work of art. It is in the shape of an inventively rendered swallowtail, and is adorned with wan symbols (the wheel of life in Buddhism and the symbol of universal peace and harmony), a symbol that actually predates Buddhism and originally represented the revolving sun or life. In Buddhism it represents represents the Heart of the Buddha, resignation of spirit, and all happiness that humanity desires. The swallowtail shape is echoed in the iron hinges. The swallow is a symbol of beauty and prosperity in Korea. 36w x 21h x 17.5d inches, 91.5 x 53.5 x 44.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1363503 (stock #1309)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Rare 19th Century Korean Antique Men's Mirror Box of High Quality Persimmon and Zelkova Wood. 10 x 8 x 6 inches, 25 x 20 x 15 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1383518 (stock #1336)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
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." 15.75 inches (40 cm) wide x 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) tall.
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 #1383786 (stock #1338)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,200.00
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1263086 (stock #1147)
Korean Art and Antiques
$350.00
Antique Korean Wood Lamp (Deunggyong) with porcelain oil cup. It is very rare to find an antique lamp with the porcelain cup. 18 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches, 45.75 x 16.5 x 16.5 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 #957779 (stock #0436)
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19th Century Korean Black Lacquered Mirror Box with Mother-of-Pearl Inlay of a pair of cranes, representing longevity and marital bliss, and peaches of immortality and abundant and propitious floral and geometric patterns. As is usually the case, the mirror is replaced. 9 x 7.5 x 4.5 inches, 23 x 19 x 11.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1140641 (stock #0919)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2000.00
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 1800 item #1307938 (stock #1211)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,500.00
Extremely 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, Korean 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. But it's not just old, it also has the most gorgeous wood grain. The iron lockplate is itself a work of art. It is in the shape of an inventively rendered swallowtail, and is adorned with the mythical longevity plant, bullocho, at the top of the lockplate and inside the lockplate. The swallow is an ancient Korean symbol of beauty and prosperity. The swallowtail shape is echoed in the other iron hardware on this amazing chest. 37w x 19d x 20.75h inches, 94w x 48.25 x 52.75 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1384110 (stock #1340)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Fine 19th Century Korean Inkstone Box constructed entirely of Luxurious Zelkova Wood with a gorgeous grain. A rare find. 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. The lock plate is in the form of a bullocho, the mythical longevity plant, and the latch is a chrysanthemum, ancient symbol of fertility and plenty. The rest of the brass hardware is in the shape of clouds, a longevity symbol. 15 x 8 x 8 inches, 38 x 20 x 20 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #805592 (stock #0234)
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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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1391875 (stock #1364)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
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 #1004597 (stock #0548)
Korean Art and Antiques
$350.00
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #585364 (stock #0053)
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The people of Jeju Island have long had a distinctive culture that has given us art and antiques that are, like the island itself, simultaneously rough and beautiful. Treasured by collectors for their vigorous folksy character, antiquities of this quality from this sparsely populated island are rare. This 19th Century piece is a grain grinder made of volcanic rock and wood. With glass placed across the top, it makes a striking table. Diameter: 34 inches (86cm), height 17 inches (43cm).
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 1800 item #1346507 (stock #1277)
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Red and Black Lacquered Palace Bookshelf that was published in the book Oriental Lacquer Art by Lee Yu-kuan, a widely-used reference by a renowned author on the subject of Asian lacquer art. Provenance: Christie's New York. The details are carved in the style of palace architecture. Red lacquer was restricted by law to only the royal court. The last photographs here are excerpts from the book. 34w x 30.75h x 10.75d inches, 86.5w x 78h x 27.25d 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.