Korean Art and Korean Antiques
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 1920 item #1362926 (stock #1308)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Small Antique Korean Box Inkstone Box with Hinged Lid. 8.75 x 5 x 5.25h inches, 22 x 12.75 x 13.25 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. 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. I receive emails almost weekly from factories in China that sell the reproductions very cheaply. Unlike some other dealers, I 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
$3,000.00
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1361001 (stock #1297)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1360387 (stock #1294)
Korean Art and Antiques
$700.00
Red Lacquered Safe with Beautiful Metalwork with a great variety of auspicious floral symbols, a tortoise lock (symbol of longevity), bats (symbol of happiness), bullocho (mythical longevity plant), and the swastika that is the ancient Buddhist symbol for the wheel of life. 14d x 10.5h x 9.5w inches, 35.5d x 27h x 24w cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #1354804 (stock #1284)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
One-Of-A-Kind Korean Four-Piece Red Lacquered Chest (Sa Cheung Nong) with carved and painted Birds and Flowers and Butterflies. A Grand and Very Rare piece of Late Joseon Dynasty furniture in excellent condition. The butterflies are a symbol of happiness. Because plum blossoms bloom early, when winter is not quite finished, they are a symbol of courage. The pairs of sparrows in plum trees symbolize marital bliss. The Sino-Korean word for sparrows is 'chak', which also means 'joy'. Two sparrows are 'chak chak', which is read as 'joy and happiness'. 76.5 x 30.5 x 12 inches, 194 x 77.5 x 30.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1354093 (stock #1282)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Large Antique Korean Wood Lamp, Deungjandae. Height: 27.5 inches (70 cm), Width: 11.5 inches (29.25 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1800 item #1346507 (stock #1277)
Korean Art and Antiques
$8,000.00
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1346504 (stock #1276)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
Fine and Rare 19th Century Korean Inkstone Box constructed entirely of Luxurious Zelkova Wood. This is probably the only example you will ever see of an antique Korean inkstone box made entirely of beautifully-grained zelkova wood. 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. 15 x 9.5 x 8.25 inches, 38 x 24 x 21 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1317745 (stock #1231)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Very Rare Korean Scholar's Study Desk (Soan). 26.5 x 18.5 x 11.5 inches, 67.25 x 47 x 29.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1307950 (stock #1212)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Rare Persimmon Scholar's Stationery Chest (Mungap) with a beautiful grain and fine detailing. Old mungap are very rare, and persimmon wood, with its two-tone grain, is the wood that is most desired by collectors. 'Mun' means things pertaining to culture, and 'gap' means low chest. These chests were given this name because they were used as a repository for items related to cultural life, such as rolls of paper, brushes, ink sticks and ink stones. One door lifts out, and then other doors can slide over and lift out, to reveal an interior that is as beautiful as the exterior. This is the kind of design that influenced the creators of Art Deco. 43w x 16d x 17.5h inches, 109w x 40.5d x 44.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1800 item #1307938 (stock #1211)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3,500.00
Extremely Rare 18th Century Korean Coin Chest (Donkwe) with all six sides made of Zelkova Wood. You will never find another like this. With zelkova wood supplies dwindling at the end of the 18th Century, Korean started making coin chests of zelkova on 4 sides, and pine on 2 sides. By the end of the 19th Century, coin chests were made either entirely of pine, or pine on 4 sides and zelkova on 2 sides. You will never find an older or more beautiful piece of Korean antique furniture. Coin chests 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 likely the oldest one to be offered for sale. But it's not just old, it also has the most gorgeous wood grain. The iron lockplate is itself a work of art. It is in the shape of an inventively rendered swallowtail, and is adorned with the mythical longevity plant, bullocho, at the top of the lockplate and inside the lockplate. The swallow is an ancient Korean symbol of beauty and prosperity. The swallowtail shape is echoed in the other iron hardware on this amazing chest. 37w x 19d x 20.75h inches, 94w x 48.25 x 52.75 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.