Korean Art and Korean Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1300937 (stock #1201)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1293561 (stock #1199)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
Fine and Beautifully Embroidered 19th Century Korean Ironing Board from the renowned, published, and exhibited Lea Sneider textiles collection. This truly deluxe Korean ironing board is the finest example we have seen of an embroidered ironing board, and is filled with imaginatively rendered symbolism. It was believed that ducks mate for life, so ducks are an ancient symbol of fidelity, and the lotus are a symbol of purity and rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. 22.5 x 6.5 inches (57 x 16.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1293560 (stock #1198)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
Deluxe Pair of Finely Embroidered 19th Century Korean Pillow Ends from the renowned, published, and exhibited Lea Sneider textiles collection, with Peonies (symbol of prosperity) and Mountains (symbol of longevity). Frames: 9.5 x 9.5 inches (23 x 23 cm); Pillow Ends: 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1280118 (stock #1187)
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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)
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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 : 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 : 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 : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1275413 (stock #1170)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Antique Korean Box Painted with Butterfly and Flowers and Beautiful Rock, with Butterfly Handles. These types of boxes are very rare because they were made only during a very short period of time at the very end of the Joseon Dynasty, in the last decade of the 19th Century and first decade of the 20th Century (1890s and 1900s). The paintings are custom made for the boxes and are then mounted onto the boxes. Similar examples of painted boxes can be seen in the book, Korean Furniture and Culture (pages 85 and 86) by Yoon Bokcha, Chi Soon, and Park Youngsoon; and Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (page 273). 18d x 13.5w x 3.5h inches, 45.75d x 34.25w x 9h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1271654 (stock #1156)
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Calligraphy by the Joseon Dynasty's Last Prime Minister, Lee Wan Yong aka Ildang (1858 - 1926). He was prime minister of Korea in 1906 - 1910. Lee is Korea's most infamous traitor, the "Benedict Arnold of Korea", for signing the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty in 1910. Connoisseurs begrudgingly acknowledge his great talents as a calligrapher, but the disdain with which he is regarded keeps the demand, and thus the prices of his work very low. Mounted on sky blue silk. Scroll: 74.5 x 17.5 inches, 189 x 44.5 cm; Calligraphy: 51.5 x 12.75 inches, 131 x 32.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1265449 (stock #1150)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
Rare 19th Century Korean Military Officer's Saddle of Ray Skin, Wood, Metal, and Leather. Korean Joseon Dynasty saddles are rare. This fine example is particularly rare, because rather than the usual sharkskin, it is covered in a more luxurious and durable ray skin. It will display proudly in any home or office. 18d x 14.5w x 10.5h inches, 45.75 x 37 x 26.5 cm.
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 1920 item #1255856 (stock #1134)
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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 : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1253755 (stock #1127)
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19th Century Korean Wood Spool (Silpae) for winding and unwinding thread for embroidery and sewing. The form and design of this spool makes it one of the most beautiful antique Korean spools we have ever seen. It is adorned with lovely carved plum blossoms, symbol of courage (because the plum blossom blooms early, when winter is not quite finished), and it is encircled with rieul (ㄹ) characters to symbolize eternal continuity. This is a great example of the love and care that went into the design of an everyday object that was dear to the lady of a 19th Korean home. It has a beautiful patina from many years of adoring use. 8 x 2.5 inches, 20 x 6.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1492 item #1250725 (stock #1162)
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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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1250197 (stock #1161)
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Set of Three Brass Bowls, (right to left) one Goryeo Dynasty, one Joseon Dynasty, and one Early 20th Century. A fantastic set that spans a thousand years of Korean history. All three are beautiful examples of each time period, with wonderful forms and great patinas. Width and height, starting from the oldest (right to left): 6 x 4 inches (15.25 x 10 cm), 7 x 4 inches (17.75 x 10 cm), 5.5 x 4.5 inches (14 x 11.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1247933 (stock #1119)
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Korean Sword with Insignia on the Blade. 26 inches (66cm) overall. Cracks in the scabbard but in otherwise good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1247932 (stock #1118)
Korean Art and Antiques
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19th Century Korean Sword with missing scabbard. Condition is good but slightly shaky. Overall length is 35 inches (89cm), blade is 26 inches (66cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1233456 (stock #1108)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Rare Antique and Genuine Traditional Korean Shaman's Bells (Muryoeng) used in shaman rituals for Summoning Good Spirits and Repelling Bad Spirits. You often see these bells depicted in antique paintings of Korean shamans. These shaman's bells that we offer here are not to be confused with the modern reproductions that you see for sale on eBay. These are genuine shaman implements with old workmanship and a beautiful patina from many years of traditional use a very long time ago. They are rare because they are normally buried or destroyed when the shaman dies. For a similar example of antique Korean shaman's bells bells, please see page 223 of The Collection of the National Folk Museum of Korea, published in 2012. 8 inches, 20.25 cm.