Korean Art and Korean Antiques
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 : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1170373 (stock #0964)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3500.00
Burmese Bronze Buddha with Movable Left Hand. 16.5 inches, 42 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1140916 (stock #0922)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3000.00
Fine, Old Chinese Yao Shaman Mask. 14.5 inches, 37 cm.
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 #1079127 (stock #0770)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3000.00
Very Rare 13th Century Celadon Bowl with Elaborate Gold Painting. Gold-painted celadons were produced during a very short period of time in the late 13th Century in Korea, so they are very rare. Black and white slip inlay is used for the design of the Willow Trees (ancient symbol of peace and contentment), Duck Family (symbol of blissful family life), Pampas Grass (symbol of autumn), Bullocho (mythical longevity plant), Lotus Blossoms (symbol of purity and rebirth), Chrysanthemums (symbol of well-being and abundance), and Orchids (symbol of modesty). Real gold paint is used throughout, for the bullocho, the pampas flowers, the irises, the ducks, the three rings that circle the interior of the bowl at the top to create a band for the inlaid floral scroll, and the two rings at the bottom of the bowl interior that create a solar center for the gold chrysanthemum. The exterior of the bowl is as elaborately inlaid as the interior, with gorgeous floral scrolls and sprays throughout, and a ring of stylized lotus blossoms at the bottom. The old gold lacquer repair is a desirable thing for serious collectors, and adds further character and history to a very rare, true masterpiece of celadon. 7.5w x 2.75h inches, 19w x 7h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1140914 (stock #0921)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3000.00
Fine Nepalese Mask of a Rare Type with Pigments. 10.5 inches, 26.75 cm. From the collection of Irwin Hersey, renowned author on Asian and primitive art, and publisher of the Primitive Art Newsletter in the 1970s. Irwin Hersey was an advisor to museums and prominent collectors, and vetted pieces for many of the international tribal art fairs and Asian art fairs.
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 : 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 : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1303928 (stock #1207)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Antique Korean Dragon Painting Exploding with Life and Personality, Chasing the Magic Pearl of Immortality. Korean dragons are not at all stereotypical. Each one has a unique personality, and this fine and dynamic example is full of personality. When Koreans prayed to the mighty dragon for rain and blessings, this is the type of dragon to which they hoped to be praying, with a friendly face and open heart, ready to leap out of the painting and take action. Newly and Beautifully Framed and Silk-Mounted. Frame: 37 x 28 inches, 94 x 71 cm; Painting: 28 x 19.5 inches, 71 x 49.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1105047 (stock #0840)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,500.00
Large Antique Korean Painting of a Dragon Flying Through the Clouds. A marvelous rendering of Korea's most beloved ancient deity, the dragon rain god who brings both rain and good fortune. His face is delightful and his body writhes with energy, as he chases through the sky after the red flaming jewel of transcendent wisdom, symbolizing the pursuit of wisdom. Because he brings rain, which gives life and growth to all living things, the dragon is a symbol of creation, growth, and fertility. Therefore, the dragon god was the most important deity in the old agrarian Korean society. This is truly Korean folk art at it's very best! Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 53 x 30.25 inches, 135 x 77 cm; Painting: 44 x 24 inches, 112 x 61.
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 : 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 : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1142138 (stock #0932)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2000.00
Chinese Junyao bowl from the Yuan Dynasty. From the Irwin Hersey Collection. 4.5w x 1.75h inches, 11.5w x 4.5 cm.
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 : Pre 1900 item #871266 (stock #0332)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Rare Pair of Large Painted Korean Funeral Bier Panels imbued with syncretic symbolism, with painted lotuses that are profound symbols in Buddhism of rebirth and purity, and attached painted Taoist pullocho, the mythical longevity plant, projecting in in a row from the front, all used in the service of a Shamanist funeral ritual. A fine, rare and striking example of old Korean folk art, and a great example of the traditional Korean open-mindedness and blending of religious faiths. 86 inches (118.5cm) long x 8 inches (20.5cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre AD 1000 item #1398423 (stock #1401)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2,000.00
Scarce Set of 14 Stone Artifacts excavated from Buyeo, Chuncheongnam Province at Nakhwa-am, the Cliff of the Falling Flowers, where, in 660 CE, three thousand women from the Baekje royal court jumped to their deaths rather than be captured by the invading enemy. Provenance: Cameron Collection in California. From 1 to 6.75 inches (2.5 to 17 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1140641 (stock #0919)
Korean Art and Antiques
$2000.00
19th Century Rare and Elegant Walnut Wood Korean Scholar's Document Box (Munseoham). 15w x 10h x 8d inches, 38w x 25.5h x 20.5d cm.