Korean Art and Korean Antiques
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 : 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 : 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 #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 : 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 : 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 #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 #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 #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 : 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 : 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368010 (stock #1312)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Buddhist Proverb Calligraphy by Korean Calligrapher Jung Jae Hyun (1900-2000), 52 x 13 inches, 132 x 33 cm. This is the same height and by the same artist as Stock #1313, so the two works pair well and display nicely together.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368011 (stock #1313)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Calligraphy with the Character for Buddha by Korean Calligrapher Jung Jae Hyun (1900-2000), 52 x 27 inches, 132 x 68.5 cm. This is the same height and by the same artist as Stock #1312, so the two works pair well and display nicely together.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368012 (stock #1314)
Korean Art and Antiques
$125.00
Two Panel Calligraphy Poem by Korean Calligrapher Han Yeong Gu (1941-). unframed, each panel 54 x 13.5 inches, 137 x 34 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368014 (stock #1316)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Painting of Monkey Reaching for the Moon's Reflection in the Water by Renowned Korean Buddhist Monk and Painter Su An Sunim (born 1940), from the ancient Buddhist parable of the monkey reaching for the moon's reflection in the water. The recent exhibition of Su An Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Su An Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. 52.5 x 13 inches, 133 x 33 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368812 (stock #1317)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
A Lovely Korean Village in a Winter Landscape by Kim Dae Won aka Chang San (1955 - ). 24 x 19 inches, 61 x 48 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368814 (stock #1318)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Lilac Fan Painting by Jeon Yeong Suk aka Yeo Cheong (1960 - ). The lilac is an ancient symbol of peace and harmony. 21 x 6.5 inches, 53.5 x 16.5 cm. This, along with our Stock Numbers 1319 and 1320, is part of a set of three fan flower paintings by Jeon Yeong Suk.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368815 (stock #1319)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Chrysanthemum Fan Painting by Jeon Yeong Suk aka Yeo Cheong (1960 - ). The chrysanthemum's many petals is an ancient symbol of an abundant life or fertility. 21 x 6.5 inches, 53.5 x 16.5 cm. This, along with our Stock Numbers 1318 and 1320, is part of a set of three fan flower paintings by Jeon Yeong Suk.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368817 (stock #1320)
Korean Art and Antiques
$100.00
Peony Fan Painting by Jeon Yeong Suk aka Yeo Cheong (1960 - ). The peony is an ancient symbol of prosperity. 21 x 6.5 inches, 53.5 x 16.5 cm. This, along with our Stock Numbers 1318 and 1319, is part of a set of three fan flower paintings by Jeon Yeong Suk.
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 : Artists : Paintings : Oil : Contemporary item #1370545 (stock #1322)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,000.00
Oil Painting by Jeon Joon Yeop. 29 x 21 inches, 73 x 53 cm. Jeon Joon Yeop (born 1953) is a well-known artist in South Korea, with numerous art reviews. He was the top-selling artist in last year’s Korea International Art Fair, Korea’s biggest art fair. Instead of finding comfort in his successes, Jeon accepts popularity as a challenge to further explore how to speak the ancient language of Korean landscape painting with a modern vocabulary of techniques, such as pouring, scratching, spreading, soaking, smudging, blowing, and densely recoating oil paint onto the canvas. Another seemingly modern technique that Jeon employs, the presentation of multiple viewpoints in a single painting, is actually an ancient technique in East Asian painting. Jeon even adds the viewpoint of the person in the painting, creating an attachment for the viewer of the painting so that the landscape is not objective and detached, thus keeping, and sharing, the Korean traditional subjective and harmonious view of nature.
All Items : Artists : Paintings : Oil : Contemporary item #1370546 (stock #1323)
Korean Art and Antiques
$4,000.00
Oil Painting by Jeon Joon Yeop. 29 x 21 inches, 73 x 53 cm. Jeon Joon Yeop (born 1953) is a well-known artist in South Korea, with numerous art reviews. He was the top-selling artist in last year’s Korea International Art Fair, Korea’s biggest art fair. Instead of finding comfort in his successes, Jeon accepts popularity as a challenge to further explore how to speak the ancient language of Korean landscape painting with a modern vocabulary of techniques, such as pouring, scratching, spreading, soaking, smudging, blowing, and densely recoating oil paint onto the canvas. Another seemingly modern technique that Jeon employs, the presentation of multiple viewpoints in a single painting, is actually an ancient technique in East Asian painting. Jeon even adds the viewpoint of the person in the painting, creating an attachment for the viewer of the painting so that the landscape is not objective and detached, thus keeping, and sharing, the Korean traditional subjective and harmonious view of nature.
All Items : Artists : Paintings : Oil : Contemporary item #1370549 (stock #1324)
Korean Art and Antiques
$4,000.00
Oil Painting by Jeon Joon Yeop. 29 x 21 inches, 73 x 53 cm. Jeon Joon Yeop (born 1953) is a well-known artist in South Korea, with numerous art reviews. He was the top-selling artist in last year’s Korea International Art Fair, Korea’s biggest art fair. Instead of finding comfort in his successes, Jeon accepts popularity as a challenge to further explore how to speak the ancient language of Korean landscape painting with a modern vocabulary of techniques, such as pouring, scratching, spreading, soaking, smudging, blowing, and densely recoating oil paint onto the canvas. Another seemingly modern technique that Jeon employs, the presentation of multiple viewpoints in a single painting, is actually an ancient technique in East Asian painting. Jeon even adds the viewpoint of the person in the painting, creating an attachment for the viewer of the painting so that the landscape is not objective and detached, thus keeping, and sharing, the Korean traditional subjective and harmonious view of nature.
All Items : Artists : Paintings : Oil : Contemporary item #1370550 (stock #1325)
Korean Art and Antiques
$5,000.00
Oil Painting by Jeon Joon Yeop. 36 x 25.5 inches, 91 x 65 cm. Jeon Joon Yeop (born 1953) is a well-known artist in South Korea, with numerous art reviews. He was the top-selling artist in last year’s Korea International Art Fair, Korea’s biggest art fair. Instead of finding comfort in his successes, Jeon accepts popularity as a challenge to further explore how to speak the ancient language of Korean landscape painting with a modern vocabulary of techniques, such as pouring, scratching, spreading, soaking, smudging, blowing, and densely recoating oil paint onto the canvas. Another seemingly modern technique that Jeon employs, the presentation of multiple viewpoints in a single painting, is actually an ancient technique in East Asian painting. Jeon even adds the viewpoint of the person in the painting, creating an attachment for the viewer of the painting so that the landscape is not objective and detached, thus keeping, and sharing, the Korean traditional subjective and harmonious view of nature.
All Items : Artists : Paintings : Oil : Contemporary item #1370552 (stock #1326)
Korean Art and Antiques
$8,000.00
Oil Painting by Jeon Joon Yeop. 36 x 25.5 inches, 91 x 65 cm. Jeon Joon Yeop (born 1953) is a well-known artist in South Korea, with numerous art reviews. He was the top-selling artist in last year’s Korea International Art Fair, Korea’s biggest art fair. Instead of finding comfort in his successes, Jeon accepts popularity as a challenge to further explore how to speak the ancient language of Korean landscape painting with a modern vocabulary of techniques, such as pouring, scratching, spreading, soaking, smudging, blowing, and densely recoating oil paint onto the canvas. Another seemingly modern technique that Jeon employs, the presentation of multiple viewpoints in a single painting, is actually an ancient technique in East Asian painting. Jeon even adds the viewpoint of the person in the painting, creating an attachment for the viewer of the painting so that the landscape is not objective and detached, thus keeping, and sharing, the Korean traditional subjective and harmonious view of nature.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1372094 (stock #1327)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1377590 (stock #1330)
Korean Art and Antiques
$6,500.00
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 #1378343 (stock #1331)
Korean Art and Antiques
$6,500.00
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 : 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 : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #1383405 (stock #1333)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Roe Kyung Jo (born 1951) is one of the most well-known of Korean contemporary ceramic artists, renowned for his mastery of the thousand-year-old yeollimun technique of marbleized ceramics. This beautiful bottle is a fine example. Studies on Roe's works have been published in a variety of international scholarly publications. His pieces are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the British Museum the Asian art Museum, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, among others, and has been exhibited at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Yale University Art Gallery, Freer/Sackler Gallery of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Harvard University Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Saint Louis Museum of Art, Newark Museum, American Craft Museum, Portland Art Museum, Society for Contemporary Crafts, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Vancouver Art Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, and many others. 7.5 x 5.25 x 2.75 inches, 19 x 13.5 x 7 cm.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #1383407 (stock #1334)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,500.00
Rare Painted Ceramic Plate by Park No Soo (1927-2013), a contemplative piece that rewards repeated and meditative viewing. Painted ceramics by Park No Soo are rare, and this fine example is particularly rare and very important, as it was the only one created to commemorate the opening of the Seoul Arts Center in 1988, the year of the Olympics in Seoul. The original certificate accompanies this piece. Just the first page of a google search reveals Park No Soo's international renown, as well as the adoration he receives locally in Korea. His minimal style and palette is instantly recognizable, and this beautiful painting is a fine example of his inimitable, expressive brushwork. The Park No Soo Museum opened in 2013 in Seoul's Jongno District, Jongno's first public museum. Park No Soo was a student of Yi Sang Beom, who was a student of An Jung Sik, who was a student of Jang Seung Eop, the very best possible lineage of Korean art royalty. The plate itself was potted by Yang Jong Wha (born 1941). It is a large and deep plate, 12.75 inches (32.5cm) wide by 2 inches (5cm) deep.
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 #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 #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 #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.