Korean Art and Korean Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1392223 (stock #1382)
Korean Art and Antiques
$275.00
Rare 19th Century Calligraphy by Korean Scholar Seo Hong Soon (1798 - 1876), The History Writing Room, in a traditional frame. Rendered in a striking, confident manner with wide brushstrokes. Frame: 42.5 x 14 inches, 108 x 35.5 cm; Calligraphy: 31 x 9 inches, 79 x 23 cm.
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 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 : Ceramics : Prehistorical item #1391916 (stock #1365)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Extremely Rare Set of Three Gyeongjil Mumun Pots from the 1st Century BC. Prehistoric Korean pottery is so scarce outside of museums, that this is the only time we have ever acquired any. According to Professor Choi Jong-taek of Korea University, these everted lipped pots with their distinctive color and texture date from the period in Korea when the Bronze Age had given way to the Iron Age, and the Mumun pottery period was ending with these types of pots with a greater hardness and fired at a higher temperature than previous Mumun pots, that is, about 100 BCE. This was a brief but very important transitional period into higher technology and culture in Korea, from the beginning of the Iron Age to the end of the Mumun Pottery Period (300 to 0 BCE), so pieces from this defining period are rare. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a collector. Dimensions from tallest to shortest are: #1 - 4 inches height x 11.5 inches circumference (10 cm height x 29 cm circumference); #2 - 3.5 inches height x 14 inches circumference (9 cm height x 35.5 cm circumference); #3 - 3 inches height x 12.5 inches circumference (7.5 cm height x 32 cm circumference).
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 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 : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1391362 (stock #1362)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,500.00
Sublime Lotus Form Korean Celadon Footed Dish with the most desirable sea-green color found only in the finest early 12th Century Korean celadon. This is the color that inspired the Chinese to refer to Korean celadon as "first under Heaven". The Korean love of forms from nature is evident here in the graceful foliate shape of this dish. The lotus is the Buddhist symbol of purity and rebirth. The inlaid chrysanthemums and their many petals are an ancient symbol of an abundant life or fertility. The beautiful blue-green celadon glaze has pooled deeply in the dish, creating a stunning contrast with the surrounding lighter glaze. 5 inches wide x 1.75 inches high, 12.75 cm wide x 4.5 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1391347 (stock #1361)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,000.00
14th Century Korean Inlaid Celadon Cosmetic Box with a rich color caught right in the middle of the bluish-green of the Goryeo Period and the gray-green of the Joseon Period. The chrysanthemum's many petals is an ancient symbol of an abundant life or fertility. Encirlced with a key fret pattern with the thunder and rolling clouds motif. A rare and gorgeous piece. 3.25 inches wide x 1.75 inches high; 8.25 inches wide x 4.5 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1391333 (stock #1360)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
12th Century Korean Inlaid Celadon Chrysanthemum Dish of Fine Color, with an inlaid circular ryu scroll in the inside of the bowl. The chrysanthemum's many petals is an ancient symbol of an abundant life or fertility. The ryu was a royal scepter with a head in the shape of the mythological bullocho longevity plant. 4.75 inches wide x 1 inch high; 12 cm wide x 2.5 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1391329 (stock #1359)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
11th Century Korean Celadon Lotus Bowl. Most celadons are from the 12 to 14th Century. This is a rare early example of an 11th Century celadon, and a fine example, at that. Molded in the form of a lotus, an ancient symbol of purity and rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. A deep dark green celadon color and exquisite form. 6.25 inches wide x 3.5 inches high; 16.5 cm wide x 9 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1391254 (stock #1358)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
19th Century Korean White Porcelain Bottle with a Beautiful Bluish-White Glaze and Voluptuous Form. 7.5 inches high x 15.75 inches circumference. 19 cm high x 40 cm circumference.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1391222 (stock #1357)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Korean Antique Blue Porcelain Square Water Dropper. Blue porcelain Korean water droppers are highly prized by antique collectors. The water dropper was one of the Joseon Dynasty scholar's most prized possessions. He would use it to mix his ink when writing letters, painting, and writing poetry. A scholar's water dropper was a symbol of his refinement and good taste. In keeping with the Korean Confucian gentleman's aesthetic, artifice and colorful designs that catered to base instincts were to be avoided, while a natural and deep respect for nature was to be upheld. This lovely water dropper in a fish shape was likely treasured by its 19th Century owner. 2.5 inches wide X 1 inch high, 6.5 cm wide x 2.5 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1391220 (stock #1356)
Korean Art and Antiques
$250.00
Korean Antique Blue Porcelain Fish Form Water Dropper. The fish was a Confucian and Buddhist symbol of tireless dedication and constant vigilance, because fish never close their eyes, even when they are sleeping. The water dropper was one of the Joseon Dynasty scholar's most prized possessions. He would use it to mix his ink when writing letters, painting, and writing poetry. A scholar's water dropper was a symbol of his refinement and good taste. In keeping with the Korean Confucian gentleman's aesthetic, artifice and colorful designs that catered to base instincts were to be avoided, while a natural and deep respect for nature was to be upheld. This lovely water dropper in a fish shape was likely treasured by its 19th Century owner. 3 inches wide X 1 inch high, 7.5 cm wide x 2.5 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1391219 (stock #1355)
Korean Art and Antiques
$250.00
Korean Antique Blue Porcelain Fish Form Water Dropper. The fish was a Confucian and Buddhist symbol of tireless dedication and constant vigilance, because fish never close their eyes, even when they are sleeping. The water dropper was one of the Joseon Dynasty scholar's most prized possessions. He would use it to mix his ink when writing letters, painting, and writing poetry. A scholar's water dropper was a symbol of his refinement and good taste. In keeping with the Korean Confucian gentleman's aesthetic, artifice and colorful designs that catered to base instincts were to be avoided, while a natural and deep respect for nature was to be upheld. This lovely water dropper in a fish shape was likely treasured by its 19th Century owner. 2.5 inches wide X 1 inch high, 6.5 cm wide x 2.5 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1492 item #1389372 (stock #1348)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Chinese Song Dynasty Jingdezhen Porcelain Dish from Fogg Museum and Toledo Museum. 4.25 inches wide x 1 inch high; 11 cm wide x 2.5 cm high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1385150 (stock #1347)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Joseon Dynasty Royal Court Korean Porcelain Bowl from the Royal Bunwon Kiln with an Elegant Form and the Finest Blue/White Glaze. Height: 3 inches, 7.5 cm; Circumference: 14 inches, 35.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1385072 (stock #1346)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
19th Century Korean Porcelain Bowl with Thick Blue/White Glaze and a Beautiful Surface. Height: 3 inches, 7.5 cm; Circumference: 14 inches, 35.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1384999 (stock #1345)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,200.00
19th Century Joseon Dynasty Korean Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Jar with a Splendid Face. Height: 9.5 inches, 24 cm; Circumference: 31 inches, 78.75 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1384983 (stock #1344)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,800.00
Rare Korean 19th Century Joseon Dynasty 18-Piece Set of Miniature Porcelains for Ritual Use. 1 to 3.25 inches, 2.5 to 8.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1384574 (stock #1343)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
19th Century Korean Black Lacquered Mother-Of-Pearl Soban Personal Dining Table in rare excellent condition. Filled with abundant ancient symbolism: The moon, cranes, clouds, and mythical bullocho plant are symbols of longevity; when the cranes are paired like this, they are a symbol of eternal love; the plum blossoms are a symbol of courage because they bloom early, when winter is not quite finished yet; the orchids are are symbol of virtue; and the bamboo is a symbol of wisdom and resilience, because in a strong wind, rather than stubbornly stand firm, which can cause it to break, it wisely bends with the wind. Beautifully carved on all four sides are stylized peonies, ancient symbol of abundance. You are unlikely to find another mother-of-pearl table of this age and quality in this remarkable condition. 14 x 11 x 8.5 inches, 35.5 x 28 x 21.6 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1384571 (stock #1342)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Stunning Late Joseon Dynasty Korean Antique Lacquered Phoenix Tray w/ Tortoise Shell and Shark Skin. During the Joseon Dynasty, only royalty was allowed to use the phoenix. 12.5 width x 1.25 height, 32 width x 3.25 height cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1384128 (stock #1341)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Luxurious 19th Century Korean Black-Lacquered Mother-of-Pearl Comb and Cosmetics Box (Bitjup). This fine example is larger than other lacquered comb boxes. It is 11.25 x 11.25 x 10 inches (28.5 x 28.5 x 25.5 cm). The pairs of birds represent love, the hexagonal motif on the middle drawers is the ancient tortoise-back symbol of longevity, the peony on the bottom right drawer represents abundance and wealth with its full and abundant petals, the peaches on the lower left drawer and the peach-shaped middle drawer pulls are symbols of longevity, and the top and bottom drawer pulls in the form of a bat are symbols of happiness and good fortune, because the words for bat and happiness are pronounced the same. This is a stunning 19th Century box filled with ancient and meaningful symbolism.
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 : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1383954 (stock #1339)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Beautifully-Designed Cake Mold (Ddeoksal) with Lotus Motifs and Happiness Characters, Antique Korean Folk Art at its Best. The lotus blossom is a symbol of rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the sun. With a great patina. These were treasured by Joseon Dynasty wives. When they were not in use, they were on display in the kitchen, hanging by the little hole in the top. 14.75 x 2 inches, 37.5 x 5 cm.
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 #1383785 (stock #1337)
Korean Art and Antiques
$800.00
Rare 19th Century Korean Twelve-Sided Tiger Leg (Cabriole Leg) Side Table (Gyeot-ban) of Zelkova Wood from Gyeonggi Province, used to place tea bowls. The name Seo Myeong is painted on the bottom of the table. There is an identical table from the Ewha Museum collection in the book that is the bible on the subject, Traditional Korean Furniture (page 83, photo 93) and on page 70 in the book, Dining Tables: Korean Traditional Handicrafts, both by my friend and mentor, Man Sill Pai. She writes, "These tiger-legged tables 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." 11.75 inches (30 cm) wide x 5.25 inches (13.5 cm) tall.
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 : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1383267 (stock #1332)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Fine 19th Century Lacquered Chinese Theater Mask with a splendid face and big grin that looks great from every angle. From the collection of Sam Hilu, prominent collector and author on Asian and African art. Wood, lacquer, and pigments. 7.5h x 6.5w x 3d inches, 19d x 16.5w x 7.5d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1378343 (stock #1331)
Korean Art and Antiques
$7,000.00
Rare 19th Century Black Lacquered Box with Mother-of-Pearl with a Beautiful Seascape and Ten Symbols of Long Life (Sipjangsaeng): pine tree, sun, deer, crane, clouds, the mythical bullocho plant, rocks, peaches, bamboo, and river. When the deer and crane are paired, as they are here, they are also a symbol of eternal love. 17w x 10.25d x 11h inches, 43w x 26d x 28h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1377590 (stock #1330)
Korean Art and Antiques
$7,000.00
Rare 19th Century Black Lacquered Box with Mother-of-Pearl River and Mountain Landscape and Plum Blossoms (the plum blossom is a symbol of courage because it blooms early, before winter is quite finished). For centuries in Korea, a rendering of a mountain and river (called Sansu in Korean) is more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven, Earth, and Humanity are represented, by the mountain, river, and human figures, respectively. 18w x 10.5d x 10h inches, 45.75w x 26.5d x 25.5h 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 : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1372094 (stock #1327)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,200.00
Ohaedo fish paintings are an ancient Korean symbol of eternal vigilance, because fish never close their eyes. During the Joseon Period, it was popular to give fish paintings to children to instill in them this important life lesson. This is a splendid example of the ancient tradition of Ohaedo (Korean fish painting). Frame: 40.5 x 24 inches, 103 x 61 cm; Painting: 24.5 x 17.5 inches, 62 x 44.5 cm.
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 : Prehistorical item #1365201 (stock #1311)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,200.00
Extremely Scarce Prehistoric Korean Stone Axe with Ancient Inscriptions in primitive pictograms and tally marks. For comparable examples of prehistoric Korean stone axes, see the 2002 catalogue, Collection of Korea Army Museum, page 12. With the proper stand, this truly one-of-a-kind and important Korean object will display beautifully and proudly. 2.5 x 2 inches, 6.5 x 5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Prehistorical item #1365200 (stock #1310)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,750.00
Extremely Scarce Set of Five Prehistoric Korean Arrowheads from 1500 to 1000 BCE. These arrowheads are identical to the Bronze Age arrowheads on page 31 of the catalog, the 29th United Association of the University Museums of Korea Exhibition - Korea's Bow and Arrow, The Military Academy Museum. Sizes range from 1.75 to 3.25 inches. It is unlikely you will ever again see prehistoric Korean arrowheads offered for sale.
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 #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 #1362516 (stock #1306)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare Antique Korean Hat Box. Joseon Dynasty hat boxes are so rare, that this is the only one we have ever had. This is a fine and beautifully constructed example. The original owner inscribed his name into the lid of the box, a very nice touch that adds to the collectability of the piece. It is unlikely that you will ever again see an authentic Joseon Era Korean hat box offered for sale. 11.5 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches, 29 x 29 x 21.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1362486 (stock #1305)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,200.00
Old Rustic Korean Coin Chest (Donkwe). Coin chests are highly prized by collectors of Korean antiques. 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." 21w x 11h x 10.5d
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1362485 (stock #1304)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Small Korean Coin Chest with Old Inscription Inside the Lid. Coin chests (Donkwe) are highly prized by collectors of Korean antiques. 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." 18w x 9h x 8d inches, 45.75w x 23h x 20.25d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1362114 (stock #1303)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
Rare Antique Korean Rice Cake Mold with Cosmos Flower Design. This beautiful motif and design is very rare and highly desired by collectors. These were treasured by Joseon Dynasty wives. When they were not in use, they were on display in the kitchen. With the old twine strung through the top, it will display beautifully and proudly. 12.5 x 2.25 inches, 32 x 6 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1362113 (stock #1302)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Antique Korean Rice Cake Press Mold (Dasikpan) with Lovely Carved Chrysanthemums (Symbol of fertility because of its many petals) Plum Blossoms (symbol of courage because it bloom early, before winter in finished), and Bat (Symbol of happiness, because the Korean word for bat "bok" is a homonym for the word for happiness). A very nice example of Korean folk art. These were treasured by Joseon Dynasty wives. When they were not in use, they were on display in the kitchen. With the old hanging hook in the top, this will display beautifully and proudly. 15.5w x 3 inches, 39.5 x 7.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1362111 (stock #1301)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Antique Korean Rice Cake Mold (Ddeoksal) with Lucky Geometric Designs. These were treasured by Joseon Dynasty wives. These were treasured by Joseon Dynasty wives. When they were not in use, they were on display in the kitchen. The simple, elegant design of this cake mold is a wonderful example of Korean folk art. 9.5 x 2 inches, 24 x 5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #1361672 (stock #1300)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Goryeo Dynasty Bronze Mirror with Dragon Flying in Clouds. Since ancient times in Korea, the dragon has represented good fortune. 4 inches, 10 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #1361670 (stock #1299)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Goryeo Dynasty Brass Bowl and Bronze Spoon with exquisite form. Spoon: 10.5 inches, 27 cm. Bowl: 6 inches (15cm) wide, 4.5 inches (11.5cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1361669 (stock #1298)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Antique Korean Ladies Dragon Hair Pin Binyeo. 13 inches, 33 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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1361000 (stock #1296)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Set of Three Nesting Wood Boxes covered with Applied Hand-Cut Paper Designs and finished with a light oil. This is very much like the one in the Brooklyn Museum (see page 163 of the Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum, 2006). The Brooklyn box is only one box, whereas this is three nesting boxes. The Korean Taeguk symbol adorns the lids and sides of each box, along with stylized floral designs. 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. Large Box: 18 x 10 x 5 inches, 45.75 x 25.5 x 12.75 cm; Medium Box: 16.25 x 8.5 x 4 inches, 41.25 x 21.5 x 10 cm; Small Box: 14.5 x 7.25 x 3.5 inches, 37 x 18.5 x 9 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1359004 (stock #1289)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
This heartwarming work of Korean folk art, is a pair of painted wood-carved people (called mokin, or kkokdu) that adorned a funeral sedan and brought comfort to the mourners. This pair of female attendants were a symbol of caregiving, blessing and protection. They are normally removed from the funeral bier and set afire after the funeral, so they are rare. Fortunately, this beautiful pair was spared the funeral pyre, and was set aside as a lucky pair of talismans. They will bring grace, beauty, and love to an appreciative home. 12.5 inches, 32 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1358731 (stock #1288)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Orchids and Rock Painting by Yang Ki Hun aka Seokyeon (1843-1897) from Pyeongyang. Yang Ki Hun is famous for his geese paintings. Though the orchid is one of the favorite subjects of the Korean scholar artist, Yang Ki Hun rarely painted them. So this is a rare and fine piece by one of Korea's foremost artists. 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. 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 was able to paint the scenery 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. Mounting: 65 x 18.75 inches, 165 x 47.5 cm; Painting: 52 x 13.75 inches, 132 x 35 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1358730 (stock #1287)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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. Silk Scroll: 76 x 18.25 inches, 193 x 46.5 cm: Painting: 50 x 13 inches, 126 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 1910 item #1358635 (stock #1286)
Korean Art and Antiques
$150.00
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 : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #1357457 (stock #1285)
Korean Art and Antiques
$12,500.00
Very Rare and Fine Collection of Korean Three Kingdoms Period Korean Pottery from the 3rd to 5th Century. Heights range from 7.25 to 12.25 inches (18.5 to 31 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1352397 (stock #1281)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Bottle. This exquisite bottle has been professionally repaired. 11 inches, 28 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1349737 (stock #1280)
Korean Art and Antiques
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This is a grand and very tall screen (seven-and-a-half-feet tall, 229 cm) painted on silk. It was authenticated by scholars at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, to be an early 19th Century Korean Royal Palace screen. It is unlikely that you will ever see another like it offered for sale in the United States.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1347706 (stock #1278)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Antique Korean Munjado Painting of the Ancient Confucian Virtue of Trust. Munjado paintings are unique visual representations of the eight Confucian virtues, with the character for the word accompanied by creatively rendered images that symbolize that virtue. The character rendered here is 'shin', trust. On the right, the goose, symbol of fidelity because it mates for life, is carrying in its beak a message from the blue jay with a human head on the left. The goose is to deliver this message to King Mok to meet at the Jade Lake. The blue jay represents the Queen Mother of the West, Seowangmo. The mythical Queen Mother held a banquet every three thousand years where her guests would partake of the Magical Peaches of Immortality. The half-human half-bird sits atop a peach tree in bloom. The meaning here is that words in a message have meaning only when there is trust. A rare and beautiful work of Joseon era Korean folk art. 22.5 x 12.5 inches, 57 x 32 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1800 item #1346507 (stock #1277)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1341874 (stock #1255)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
13th Century Celadon Bowl with Lotus Blossoms Carved in High Relief, beautifully and masterfully rendered. The lotus blossom is an ancient symbol or purity and rebirth, because it rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the sun. 7w x 3h inches, 17.75w x 7.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1341854 (stock #1251)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Late 12th Century Korean Celadon Bowl of Elegant Form. Width: 5.5 inches, 14 cm; Height: 1.75 inches, 4.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1340768 (stock #1250)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Korean Antique Blue Porcelain Fish Form Water Dropper. The fish was a Confucian and Buddhist symbol of tireless dedication and constant vigilance, because fish never close their eyes, even when they are sleeping. The water dropper was one of the Joseon Dynasty scholar's most prized possessions. He would use it to mix his ink when writing letters, painting, and writing poetry. A scholar's water dropper was a symbol of his refinement and good taste. In keeping with the Korean Confucian gentleman's aesthetic, artifice and colorful designs that catered to base instincts were to be avoided, while a natural and deep respect for nature was to be upheld. This lovely water dropper in a fish shape was likely treasured by its 19th Century owner. 3 X 2.5 X 1 inches, 7.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm.