All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #585356 (stock #0077)
Joseon Dynasty Ton-kwe (Korean Coin Chest). Coin chests are highly prized by collectors, as their purpose required that they be the largest, heaviest, and most well constructed piece of furniture in the home of an aristocrat. Paper money did not exist in Yi Dynasty Korea, and the coins were of very small denominations. They had to be strung together in large quantities to have any worth, so a strong money box was obviously a necessity. This is a very heavy and likely the most impressive authentic antique Korean coin chest you will ever see for sale. This massive and handsome coin chest must have belonged to a very wealthy family. 19.5 x 56 x 29 inches, 49.5 x 142 x 74 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #585364 (stock #0053)
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 : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #651901 (stock #0114)
Rare Antique Korean Funerary Figure (Kkokdu) with much of its original pigment still intact. From a renowned and published New York collection. One of the finer examples we have seen. 11.5 inches, 29.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #653565 (stock #R157)
5th Century Korean Silla Kingdom Jar in a striking form on a classic cut out foot. It has a wonderful patina. A similar example is in the permanent collection at Cornell University. A great piece with an impeccable provenance. 9.5 inches (24cm) height, 27 inches (68.5cm) circumference.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #801498 (stock #0158)
Lovely Framed Bojagi Korean Patchwork Wrapping Cloth (Chogakbo). Since they are made from scraps of cloth, no two bojagi are alike. The versatile bojagi could be used for wrapping objects, covering them, or carrying them. A fine and framed example of a uniquely Korean folk art object. Frame: 25 x 24 inches (63.5 x 61 cm), Bojagi: 18.5 x 17.5 inches (47 x 44.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #801534 (stock #0167)
Gorgeous Hinged Basket (Gori) with Red Lacquered Trim. An exquisite Korean basket filled with auspicious symbolism: chrysanthemum hinges for a fruitful life, a Ssanghee (symbol of happiness and the sharing of joy in marriage, which expands to union of Heaven and Earth and Yin and Yang) is woven on the lid and inside on the bottom, auspicious floral designs on the lid, and a pullocho mythical longevity plant for the lock clasp. A flowing sense of continuity is achieved by the repeated and mirrored use of the 'ryul' character throughout the red lacquered area. 11 x 9 x 5.5 inches, 28 x 23 x 14 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #802993 (stock #0189)
Korean Antique Medicinal Clay Pot for Preparing Herbal Teas and Medicines. 9.75w x 6h inches, 25w x 15 h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #803403 (stock #0213)
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #803407 (stock #0215)
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 #805592 (stock #0234)
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 #805655 (stock #0236)
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 #805720 (stock #0237)
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 1920 item #833567 (stock #0264)
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 : Ceramics : Pre 1800 item #850706 (stock #0316)
Late 18th/Early 19th Century Korean Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Jar with Iron Brown Dragon Eyes. The dragon flying through clouds chasing the sacred flaming pearl of wisdom that has the power to grant wishes, very softly and subtly painted in cobalt blue, has a naive charm about it. An added touch of sincerity is given with the dragon's eyes painted brown with underglaze iron, a rare feature. The form is a subtle maebyong high-shouldered baluster shape with a slightly flared, recessed and glazed base and a gently flared neck. 9 inches (23cm) height x 18.5 inches (47cm) circumference.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #850736 (stock #0318)
5th Century Korean Gaya Kingdom Water Jar. The Gaya were a confederation of tribes in the central southern coast of Korea, with their own unique culture and art. Coil-built and wheel-thrown (built from coils and then completed on the wheel) stoneware with a bulbous body marked with a highly visible rope impressed design, a tall flared neck incised with three equally spaced horizontal bands made of twin turned ridges separating three areas of wavy incised patterns, culminating in a delicately delineated rim. The neck is tall to prevent spilling the water inside while carrying the jar. The color is grayish blue-beige, the modulated gray coloring due to carbon trapping inherent in reduction firing (this is the intentional reduction of oxygen in the kiln). Traces of sugary-appearing incidental natural wood ash glaze deposited on the shoulder of the pot during wood firing. The silica in the wood ash that blows through the kiln causes this accidental but desirable effect. A couple of flea bite (very minor) chips on the rim which do not detract from the overall beauty of the vessel, otherwise Very Good Condition. This jar has a very strong visual presence as well as a sense of ancient Korean history. 8.5 inches (21.5cm) height x 21 inches (53.5cm) circumference.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #871234 (stock #0331)
Beautifully Rendered and Painted Korean Rooster Funerary Figure. Funerary figures (kkoktu), were used on the funeral bier. Traditionally, these figures would be burned after their use, but thankfully this one survived the pyre and what was intended to be an ephemeral existence. It was removed to the home and used as a good luck and guardian figure to bless and protect the home. Because it was believed that the rooster's morning cry drove away the night's evil spirits, an important talisman to ward off evil spirits was wood-carved roosters. They are a very important icon in traditional Korean folk art and in Korean tradition in general. The rooster’s comb symbolizes intelligence; traditional officials’ hats are based on the comb. The claws mean strength. The rooster was called the 'clock bird' and was sacred to Koreans. 14h x 9w inches, 35.5h x 23w cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #871353 (stock #0650)
Very Finely Embroidered Deluxe Pair of Korean Pillow Ends with Two Cranes (symbol of a long and happy life together) and Peonies (symbol of love and prosperity). A very special pair. Mounted and framed, but the frame is in disrepair and should be replaced. 5.5 x 4.25 inches, 14 x 11 cm each.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #871363 (stock #0337)
Rare Antique Korean Spirit Shrine Painting (Kam Mo Yo Je Do). Spirit House Paintings are in the collections of several major museums. This painting would have been placed in a place of reverence in the home, and on the anniversary of an ancestor's death, a slip of paper with the ancestor's name would be placed on the blank space in the open doorway of the shrine in the painting and a ritual would have been performed in front of the painting. Kammo means 'to adore with deep emotion' and Yoje means 'to respectfully address the spirits as if they were at the ceremony', and Do means 'painting'. Ink on paper. Frame: 37.5 x 27 inches, 95 x 68.5 cm; Painting: 31 x 21 inches, 79 x 53.5 cm.