All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1383516 (stock #1335)
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 #1140634 (stock #0917)
19th Century Korean Woman's Comb and Cosmetic Accessory Box (Bitjup) with Beautiful Two-Toned Persimmon Wood Drawers. Boxes with two-toned persimmon wood are highly-desired by collectors. This fine box is a rare and beautiful example with persimmon drawers and lovely metalwork with drawer pulls in the shape of the Heavenly Peach of Immortality attached to plum blossoms (symbol of courage), and bats (symbol of good fortune). 13w x 10.75h x 10.5d inches, 33w x 27.25h x 26.75d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1392019 (stock #1368)
Very Rare Carving and Painting of Orchids and Calligraphy on Zelkova Wood by Royal Korean Court 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 : Pre 1492 item #1139800 (stock #0910)
12th 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. 7w x 3h inches, 17.75w x 7.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #997239 (stock #0490)
Fine 19th Century Perfectly Matched Pair of Oiled Paper on Wood Wedding Chests with a Beautiful Surface. Only very old oiled paper that has aged for many years can give you this warm, deep, dark hue. A rare perfect pair that is guaranteed to add warmth and beauty to any room. Dimensions of each chest: 30w x 17.5h x 14.75 inches, 76w x 44.5h x 37.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1384110 (stock #1340)
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1275607 (stock #1174)
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 : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1119716 (stock #0882)
Late 14th/Early 15th Century Rare and Important Early Buncheong Bowl with Black and White Slip Inlaid geese (symbol of faithfulness), cranes (symbol of faithfulness and longevity), and orchids (symbol of modesty and purity). This is an important piece because it was created right on the cusp between Goryeo Dynasty celadon and Joseon Dynasty buncheong, and has elements of both, making it a rare transitional piece. The inlay is from the Goryeo Period, but the brushed white slip encircling the bowl is from the Joseon Period. This is the only transitional piece we have ever offered for sale, so this is a very rare opportunity to nicely complete a Korean ceramics collection. The delightful inlaid motifs have a rare feel of both the Goryeo and Joseon aesthetic, and the color of the bowl is a blend of the final phase of Goryeo celadon and the very earliest phase of Joseon buncheong. This extraordinary bowl beautifully and perfectly captures the transition as well as, and even better than, some of the rare transitional pieces you see in museums. 5.5w x 1.5h inches, 14w x 4h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1393022 (stock #1373)
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. 54.5 x 16.5 inches, 138.5 x 41.5 cm. (A much smaller Daewongun painting recently sold at Christie's for $12,500 on March 18, 2014).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1113563 (stock #0854)
Burmese Bronze Sakyamuni Buddha, the Historical Buddha, making the earth-touching gesture with his right hand, and the meditating gesture with his left hand. From the Northern Shan state of Burma. Traces of gilding. 8.75 inches (22 cm) high.
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 : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #949091 (stock #005i)
Rare 18th Century Burmese Wood Doll with Leather Skirt, Articulated Arms, and Painted Leather Hat Acquired from Ohly's of London in 1976. 10 inches, 25.5 inches. From the Irwin Hersey Collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1361000 (stock #1296)
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 : Ceramics : Pre 1837 VR item #1328265 (stock #1244)
Blue and White Porcelain Memorial Tablet for Park Gi Il from Miryang, Korea, dated May 1830. It declares a long genealogy in the royal Min clan. This epitaph was written upon the passing of Park Gi Il of Miryang in May 1830. It memorializes him and lists his ancestors' names. An important piece of history and a rare and beautiful work of calligraphy painted with blue cobalt on white porcelain. 7.5 x 6 inches, 19 x 15 cm. framed
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1116748 (stock #0866)
A Very Rare 19th Century Korean Black Lacquered Mother of Pearl Soban (individual dining table), with cranes (symbols of immortality, and eternal love when they are paired, as they are here), pine tree (symbol of longevity), orchids (symbol of purity and modesty), bullocho (the mythical longevity plant) and bamboo (symbol of resilience). There is loss to some of the mother of pearl, but it can be replaced by a Korean artisan. This is reflected in the very low price for this fine, beautiful, and rare piece. We do not restore or refinish our items. We leave it up to the client to decide if they want to do it. 15w x 12d x 9.25h inches, 38w x 30.5d x 23.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1383785 (stock #1337)
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 : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1275605 (stock #1172)
19th Century Chinese Personal Dining Table with Beautiful Grain and Color, and a Rare and Elegant Form. 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. 22 x 14 x 5 inches, 56 x 35.5 x 12.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1279233 (stock #1182)
Dhyangro drums are usually separated from their phurba (ritual dagger) handles, and the handles are sold by themselves. This is a common occurrence with Nepali dealers. This is because the handles are easier to transport and sell. So it isn't very often that you see a completely intact, old Tibetan ritual drum. The drum is made of wood and animal hide, and has shaking balls inside for accenting the rhythms created by the shaman dancer. The handle is a wonderfully carved wood phurba (ritual dagger) with multiple faces. An old and beautiful piece that displays nicely. From the collection of Sam Hilu, prominent collector and author on Asian and African art. 26 x 15 x 5 inches, 66 x 38 x 13 cm.