Korean Art and Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1416777 (stock #1435)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Fine 19th Century Korean Royal Court Painting of Children at Play. This genre of Korean paintings always displays children playing in imaginary Chinese court costumes, and is called Baekdongja-do in Korean. From the ground-breaking Auspicious Spirits, Korean Folk Paintings exhibition catalogue: "Depicting the children as court nobility expressed an auspicious desire that one's own children achieve success in life." This exceptional example was displayed in the room of a wife in the Korean royal court to inspire her to become pregnant and to have healthy, playful, and successful children. It was also displayed on the first birthday of each child. Ink and colors on silk. 40 x 14.5 inches, 101.5 x 37 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1413576 (stock #1433)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
19th Century Korean Bird and Flower Painting (Hwajodo) with a lovely pair of birds symbolizing love, and peonies with their abundant blooming symbolizing prosperity. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 28.5 x 22.5 inches, 72.5 x 57 cm; Painting: 21 x 15 inches, 53.5 x 38 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1413570 (stock #1432)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Korean 19th Century Sansin the Mountain Spirit Painting with a Fantastic Tiger. Korean tiger folk paintings are revered throughout the art world for their unique depictions of the tiger's humor and charm. You will not find a better example of the beloved Korean folk tiger than the fantastic fellow depicted here. He is exploding with personality. In a country where most of the land is covered by mountains, it makes sense that Sansin the Mountain God is the most revered of Korea's native deities. He is the god most often appealed to for fertility, prosperity, and longevity. This Sansin is a great example of the open-minded syncretism of ancient Korean belief. He is a deity of purely Korean Shamanist origin, crowned by a Confucian hat, carrying Daoist mythical bullocho longevity plants in a basket on his staff, while wearing a Buddhist robe. For his scepter, he holds a wood staff as gnarled as the pine tree under which he sits. The pine tree is a symbol of longevity and tenacity. The feather fan he holds in his left hand is used to control the wind spirit and other nature spirits. Sansin paintings can be found in the Sansin-gak shrine of Korean Buddhist temples. Sansin's tiger is the animal lord of the mountain and the messenger for Sansin and the enforcer of his will. Ink and colors on silk. Frame: 36 x 34 inches, 91.5 x 86.5 cm. Painting: 27.5 x 25.5 inches, 70 x 65 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1411620 (stock #1430)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare Pair of 19th Century Paintings of the Korean Mountain Spirit (Sansin) with his tiger, and the barefoot Hermit Saint (Dokseong) seated at a stream in a mountain forest. These are the finest paintings we have ever offered. In a country where most of the land is covered by mountains, it makes sense that Sansin the Mountain Spirit is the most revered of Korea's native deities. He is the god most often appealed to for fertility, prosperity, and longevity. This Sansin is a great example of the open-minded syncretism of ancient Korean belief. He is a deity of purely Korean Shamanist origin, crowned by a delicately painted Confucian hat, being served the mythical longevity peaches by a Dongja boy attendant in a utopian Daoist mountain landscape, while wearing a Buddhist robe. For his scepter, he holds a wood staff as gnarled as the pine tree under which he sits. There are below him motifs of the mythical bullocho immortality plant that adorned royal scepters. Sansin paintings can be found in the Sansin-gak shrine of Korean Buddhist temples. Sansin's tiger is the animal lord of the mountain and the messenger for Sansin and the enforcer of his will. The pine tree is a symbol of longevity and tenacity. The ancient Hermit Saint (Dokseong) is in an inspiring remote mountain forest, a Daoist landscape where he seeks solitude and self-cultivation. The pine tree is a symbol of longevity and wisdom. His attire is that of a Buddhist monk. He has been revered for centuries by Buddhists and Shamans. Paintings of Dokseong are companions of Sansin paintings in the Sansin-gak Shrine of Buddhist temples in Korea. Some temples even give Dokseong his own shrine, the Dokseong-gak. This is the only Sansin and Dokseong pair we have seen for sale, and likely the only you will ever see. Most importantly, they are both beautifully and expressively painted. The tiger alone is one of the best we've seen, and Sansin and Dokseong here are rendered with a most skilled and sensitive hand with a fine attention to detail. All Sansin and Doskeong paintings of this era are unsigned, but there is no doubt that the anonymous artist who created this pair was the very best. Each painting is 33 x 23 inches, 84 x 58.5 cm. Each frame is 43.75 x 30.5 inches, 111 x 77.5 cm. Ink and colors on silk. Both paintings are in beautiful condition with the colors intact.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1409032 (stock #1428)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
A Very Rare 19th Century Painting of Dokseong and Pine Tree Under the Moon. Dokseong is Korea's ancient Hermit Saint. Antique Dokseong paintings are almost never available for purchase. The last one we had was twelve years ago. This gorgeous painting has a phenomenal dark patina that could only have developed through years of ritual use and adds greatly to the contemplative beauty and serenity of this very special work of art. Dokseong is pictured in an inspiring remote mountain forest, a Daoist style landscape where he seeks solitude and self-cultivation. The pine tree and moon are both ancient symbols of longevity and wisdom. His attire is that of a Buddhist monk. He has been revered for centuries by Buddhists and Shamans. Paintings of Dokseong are the most constant companions of Sanshin (Mountain God) paintings in the Sanshin-gak Shrine of Buddhist temples in Korea. Some temples even give Dokseong his own shrine, the Dokseong-gak. Frame: 33.25 x 22 inches (84.5 x 56 cm), Painting: 22.75 x 15 inches (58 x 38 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1396556 (stock #1398)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Calligraphy by Korea's Most Famous Calligrapher, O Se Chang aka Wichang (1864 - 1953). Not only is O Se Chang the most renowned calligrapher in Korean history, his books on calligraphy have become the definitive texts on the subject. He is famous for his works in seal script. This piece is a fine example of his calligraphy in ancient seal script in double column. This is the style of his work that collectors desire most. 53 x 12 inches, 134 x 30 cm. O Se Chang's calligraphy is currently prominently featured in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition on Korean calligraphy, Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing, including his work on loan from the National Museum of Korea.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1396555 (stock #1397)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Calligraphy by Korea's Most Famous Calligrapher, O Se Chang aka Wichang (1864 - 1953). Not only is O Se Chang the most renowned calligrapher in Korean history, his books on calligraphy have become the definitive texts on the subject. He is famous for his works in seal script, as in this example here. 53 x 12 inches, 134 x 30 cm. O Se Chang's calligraphy is currently prominently featured in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition on Korean calligraphy, Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing, including his work on loan from the National Museum of Korea.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1395143 (stock #1391)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Fine and Rare 18th Century Landscape Painting by Ban Wol aka Geo Sa dated 1752. Ink and colors on paper mounted on silk. Silk Scroll: 66.5 X 17.5 inches (169 x 44.5 cm); Painting: 47 X 14 inches (119 x 35.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1394740 (stock #1389)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare and Important Work of Calligraphy by the man designated in every textbook in the East and West as the Pioneering Father of 20th Century Art in Korea, An Jung Sik (also spelled Ahn Jung Sik), 1861-1919 (pen name Simjeon), calligrapher, scholar, royal court painter (he painted the portraits of the last two kings of Korea), and co-founder of KOrea's first modern art school. Paintings by An Jung Sik are by law not allowed to leave Korea, so they are rare in the West. His works of calligraphy are even more rare. So it is with pride that we offer what may be the only An Jung Sik calligraphy ever offered for sale outside of Korea. Calligraphy is regarded as the highest art form throughout East Asia. An Jung Sik studied calligraphy in China and Korea, and helped establish the Seoul Calligraphy and Fine Arts School in 1911, and co-founded, along with O Se Chang, the Association of Painting and Calligraphy Artists in 1918. Kim Eun Ho, Yi Sang Beom, and Jang Seung Eop are just a few of his students who went on to fame as some of Korea's greatest artists. An Jung Sik himself studied under the man widely regarded as one of the most important 19th Century Korean artists, Jang Seung Eop (pen name Owon). This is a large piece at 61 x 22 inches, 155 x 56 cm. An Jung Sik's calligraphy is currently prominently featured in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition on Korean calligraphy, Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1393068 (stock #1377)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Fine 19th Century Korean Royal Court Artist Painting of Pheasants and Azaleas. Hwajodo (Bird and Flower Paintings) have a centuries-long tradition in Korea. Pheasants are an ancient symbol of happy marriage and family duties, and also represent royalty and the peace and order their reign should bring. The azaleas are a symbol of beauty. The maple tree is a symbol of contentment. So the entire composition represents a beautiful, peaceful and contented marriage. Mounted on a beautiful silk scroll. Ink and colors on paper. Scroll: 59 x 16.75 inches, 150 x 42.5 cm; Painting: 28.5 x 13, 72 x 33 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1393029 (stock #1374)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Orchids are an ancient Korean symbol of purity, modesty, and virtue. The rock symbolizes eternity, so the combination of orchids and rock have the meaning of eternal adherence to principle. Talented painters of orchids were and still are held in the highest regard. Though Daewongun (Prince Yi Ha Eung) is often cited as the greatest painter of orchids, most scholars now agree that it was Kim Eung Won aka Soho (1855-1921) who was painting many of the paintings for which Daewongun took credit and which Daewongun signed. Daewongun was, of course, a great painter of orchids, but most agree now that Kim Eung Won may deserve the title of greatest. His paintings sell for a fraction of the price of Daewongun's paintings, at least for now. That can be expected to change as the general public catches up with the scholarship on the subject. Ink on paper. Frame: 60.75 x 18.5 inches, 154 x 47 cm; Painting: 49 x 13 inches, 124.5 x 33 cm. (A much smaller Daewongun painting recently sold at Christie's for $12,500 on March 18, 2014).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1392019 (stock #1368)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Very Rare Carving and Painting of Orchids and Calligraphy on Zelkova Wood by Royal Korean Court Artist Kim Gyu Jin (1868 - 1933). Kim taught painting and calligraphy to King Gojong. He was commissioned by King Sunjong to create wall paintings for the royal castle. Kim was a founding member of Korea's highly influential and prestigious Calligraphy and Painting Association (Seohwa Hyeophoe) in 1918. Kim Gyu Jin's works are in the collections of the world's biggest museums, including the Metropolitan Museum and the British Museum. This is the only example, outside of Korea, of a carving and painting on wood by the renowned master. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a collector with a keen eye. The wood itself is gorgeous. It is a fine zelkova with a striking wavy grain. There is no question Kim Gyu Jin chose this particular piece of wood for its beauty. Orchids are an ancient Korean symbol of purity, modesty, and virtue. It is a favorite subject of painters over the centuries, and talented painters of orchids were and still are held in the highest regard. This painting on wood comes ready to hang, with the original metal floral hooks and a lovely knotted rope still attached on the back. 21 x 10 inches, 53 x 25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1358635 (stock #1286)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Joseon Dynasty Calligraphy by Lee Jin Sook aka Seong Jae (1867 - 1946). Ink on paper. 54 x 13.5 inches, 137 x 34.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1314396 (stock #1227)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
19th Century Joseon Period Calligraphy by Yi Du Hwang aka Seolak (1858-1916). 48.25 x 13.5 inches, 122.5 x 34.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1303928 (stock #1207)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Antique Korean Dragon Painting Exploding with Life and Personality, Chasing the Magic Pearl of Immortality. Korean dragons are not at all stereotypical. Each one has a unique personality. This fine and dynamic example is a marvelous rendering of Korea's most beloved ancient deity, the dragon rain god who brings both rain and good fortune. His face is delightful and his body writhes with energy, as he chases through the sky after the red flaming jewel of transcendent wisdom, symbolizing the pursuit of knowledge. Because he brings rain, which gives life and growth to all living things, the dragon is a symbol of creation, growth, and fertility. Therefore, the dragon god was the most important deity in the old agrarian Korean society. When Koreans prayed to the mighty dragon for rain and blessings, this is the type of dragon to which they hoped to be praying. This is truly Korean folk art at it's very best! Ink and colors on paper. Newly and Beautifully Framed and Silk-Mounted. Frame: 37 x 28 inches, 94 x 71 cm; Painting: 28 x 19.5 inches, 71 x 49.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1300937 (stock #1201)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Geese and Reeds Painting (Noando) by Yang Ki Hun aka Seokyeon (1843-1897) from Pyeongyang. Yang Ki Hun's signature 'boneless' style (painting without outlines, using ink washes) beautifully captures light and shade. The literal meaning of 'noando' is reed and geese painting, but it is a play on words, as 'no' means both reed and old, and 'an' means both geese and comfort ('do' means painting). So 'noan' can mean 'reed and geese' or 'old comfort', and so a painting of geese and reeds symbolized a wish for a comfortable and peaceful old age. This particular painting has further meaning because it depicts a pair of geese. Geese were believed to mate for life, so this painting symbolizes eternal love, and the wish for a couple to grow old together in peace and comfort. Yang Ki Hun was a member of the Royal Academy of Painting in the late 19th Century, toward the end of the Joseon Dynasty. He made a living by painting for the king and his court, and also by selling his paintings in Pyeongyang. He was the most well-known of the provincial painters who, because of the increase in the economic power of the provinces in the late 19th Century, and the accompanying demand for paintings, were able to make or supplement income by selling their paintings locally. Here are two great quotes from Yang Ki Hun's contemporary, the painter and calligrapher Chi Un Yeong (aka Paekryeon): "Yang Ki Hun's paintings stir up my jealousy because they seem completely freed from all ideas and restraints". And after Seokyeon (Yang Ki Hun) passed away, Chi Un Yeong wrote, "Seokyeon told me that when he stayed on Neungna Island for a few years some time ago, he often saw geese fly in and land on a reed field, so he was able to paint them in a realistic way. His words still linger vividly in my ears. I remember playing with him thirty years ago in the Taedong River, and it seems so far away and dream-like." Ink on silk. Silk Mounting: 85.5 x 17.75 inches, 217 x 45 cm; Painting: 52 x 12 inches, 132 x 30.5 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).
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.