KOREAN PIECES PRESENTED TO RENOWNED AUCTION HOUSES.

The black lacquer framed bell stand reconstructed with mother-of-pearl and metal wire inlaid lacquer panels of scrolling peony and chrysanthemum; applied with a bell and small hammer
16 ½ in. (41.9 cm.) high.
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID LACQUER BELL STAND MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID PANELS: GORYEO DYNASTY (13TH CENTURY) WOOD FRAME: EDO PERIOD (18TH-19TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 50,400.-

Estimate: USD 40,000 – USD 80,000.-
Christie’s: March 19, 2024
. LIVE AUCTION 22643 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART. New York, USA.

A BLACK LACQUER RECTANGULAR BOX. JOSEON DYNASTY (17TH-18TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 18,900.-
Estimate: USD 10,000 – USD 20,000.-
Christie’s: March 19, 2024. LIVE AUCTION 22643 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART.
New York, USA.





The long rectangular black lacquer box decorated in gold lacquer with phoenix and cloud on four sides, the interior with pasted sutra paper, iron fittings
6 x 22 3/8 x 5 in. (15.2 x 56.8 x 12.7 cm.)
A RED LACQUER WRITING BOX JOSEON PERIOD
(17TH-18TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 11,340.-
Estimate: USD 7,000 – USD 9,000.-

Christie’s: March 19, 2024. LIVE AUCTION 22643 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART. New York, USA.
The red lacquered rectangular box set on bracket feet, interior and underside applied with black lacquer, with brass fittings
8 7/8 x 6 x 1 7/8 in. (22.5 x 15.2 x 4.8 cm.)
Property from the Collection of Dorothy Tapper Goldman
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID RED LACQUER STORAGE CHEST. KOREA, JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH-20TH CENTURY).

3278 x 23 x 1634 in. (83.5 x 58.4 x 42.5 cm.)
Price realised: USD 5,670.- Estimate: USD 2,000 – USD 3,000

Christie’s March 28, 2024. ONLINE AUCTION 22712 ARTS OF ASIA ONLINE. New York, USA.
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID LACQUER LOW TABLE. JOSEON DYNASTY (17TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 47,880.- Estimate: USD 20,000 – USD 30,000.-
Christie’s: September 20, 2022
. LIVE AUCTION 20991 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART. New York, USA.
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID LACQUER LOW TABLE
JOSEON DYNASTY (17TH CENTURY)
The rectangular table set on four short inward-curving legs, decorated on top and sides in inlaid mother-of-pearl and brass wires with floral scrolls of chrysanthemum and floral latticework on black lacuqer ground, applied with black lacquer on the interior
13 in. (33 cm.) long; 22 3/8 in. (56.8 cm.) wide; 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.) tall
A WOOD OCTAGONAL SEAL BOX COVERED IN SHAGREENJOSEON PERIOD (19TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 3,528. Estimate: USD 2,000 – USD 3,000
Christie’s. September 20, 2022.

LIVE AUCTION 20991 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART
New York, USA

The octagonal stamp box covered in multiple pieces of shagreen over wood plates, each part hinged by brass clamps, with two brass loops on sides and one loop on top, interior applied with black lacquer.
A SEVEN-SECTION CARVED BAMBOO BRUSH HOLDERJOSEON DYNASTY (LATE 19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY).
Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 4,000.- UNSOLD.
Christie’s: March 22, 2022
. LIVE AUCTION 20621 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE COLLECTION OF DAVID AND NAYDA UTTERBERG. New York, USA.

Carved with seven connected cylinders designed to hold brushes of different lengths, each cylinder carved with Longevity symbols of the Ten Signs of Long Life (Sipjangsaeng-do), the carved decoration stained and polished golden brown and the shallow recessed background areas and rims lacquered black
9 in. (22.9 cm.) high
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID LACQUER TABLEJOSEON DYNASTY (17TH-18TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 113,400.- Estimate: USD 6,000 – USD 9,000.-
Christie’s: March 22, 2022. LIVE AUCTION 20621 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE COLLECTION OF DAVID AND NAYDA UTTERBERG. . New York, USA.
The hexafoil table set on six cabriole legs, finely decorated in inlaid mother-of-pearl with geometric patterns and floral scrolls of chrysanthemum on black lacquer ground, applied with red lacquer on the interior
16 3⁄4 x 10 3⁄8 x 8 1⁄8 in. (42.5 x 26.4 x 20.6 cm.)
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID FOLIATE-SHAPED TRAYJOSEON DYNASTY (16TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 226,800.- Estimate: USD 20,000 – USD 30,000.-
Christie’s March 22, 2022. LIVE AUCTION 20621 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE COLLECTION OF DAVID AND NAYDA UTTERBERG. New York, USA.
Inlaid on the interior and exterior in mother-of-pearl with lotus arabesques and circular geometric pattern on a black ground, the foliate-shaped foot rim enclosing the base of red lacquer
17 3⁄8 in. (44.1 cm.) long
MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID LACQUER CABINET
KOREA, JOSEON DYNASTY, 19TH-20TH CENTURY.
Price realised: EUR 32,500.- Estimate: EUR 6,000 – EUR 8,000.-

Christie’s December 10, 2020. LIVE AUCTION 18923 ART D’ASIE

It is composed of two rectangular boxes, one on top of the other, resting on a four-legged base. Each chest opens to two doors on the front. It is adorned with a geometric decoration of mother-of-pearl inlays, punctuated by gilded metal fittings in the shape of butterflies around the leaves. The back is decorated with mother-of-pearl inlays of bamboo and plum blossoms.
Dimensions: 116 x 79 x 39 cm. (45 ¾ x 31 1/8 x 15 3/8 in.)
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID LACQUER STATIONERY BOXJOSEON DYNASTY (16TH-17TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 81,250.- Estimate: USD 50,000 – USD 70,000.- Christie’s September 22, 2020.
LIVE AUCTION 19017 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART. New York, USA.
The rectangular box and flush-fitting cover finely decorated in inlaid mother-of-pearl with stylized lotus blossoms and buds on a dark brown ground
15 3/8 x 12 3/8 x 4 in. (39.1 x 31.4 x 10.2 cm.)
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID LOW TABLEJOSEON DYNASTY (16TH-17TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 25,000.- Estimate: USD 20,000 – USD 30,000.- Christie’s September 22, 2020.
LIVE AUCTION 19017 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART New York, USA.

The rectangular table set on four short cabriole legs, decorated on top and sides in inlaid mother-of-pearl and brass wires with scrolling flowers and floral latticework
20 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 12 ¼ in. (52.5 x 13 x 31 cm.)
A mother-of-pearl inlaid rectangular box and cover. Joseon Dynasty (late 19th-early 20th century)
Price realised: USD 87,500.- Estimate: USD 70,000 – USD 80,000.-
Christie’s march 19, 2019. LIVE AUCTION 17148 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART.

The rectangular box inlaid in mother-of-pearl on a black lacquer ground, the top designed with a roundel of “Double Happiness” character and each side with a lozenge of stylized flower
10 7/8 x 18 ¼ x 6 1/8 in. (27.6 x 46.4 x 15.6 cm.)
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID FOLIATE-SHAPED TRAY. JOSEON DYNASTY (17TH-18TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 137,500.- Estimate: USD 15,000 – USD 25,000.-

Christie’s April 18, 2018. LIVE AUCTION 15769 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Inlaid in the interior in mother-of-pearl with lotus arabesques on a black lacquer ground and varied on the black lacquer sides of the tray with two continuous bands of scrolling chrysanthemums, the foliate-shaped foot rim enclosing the base of black lacquer with streaks of red lacquer
17 1/8 in. (43.4 cm.) long
A mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer box. Joseon dynasty (19th century).
Price realised: USD 17,500.- Estimate: USD 7,000 – USD 9,000.-
Christie’s:  April 15, 2016. New York, USA.
AN INQUIRING MIND: AMERICAN COLLECTING OF JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

The deep box with shallow, flush-fitting cover decorated with scrolling flowers of inlaid mother-of-pearl connected by arching stems of inlaid twisted wire, and additionally applied with brownish black lacquer, the interior lined with blue paper
16 ¾ x 10 ¼ x 7 ½ in. (42.5 x 26 x 19.1 cm.)
A Mother-of-Pearl-Inlaid Lacquered Wood Box.
JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 3,000.- Estimate: USD 1,800 – USD 2,000.-
Christie’s September 18, 2013. LIVE AUCTION 2725 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Composed of two square boxes hinged at one side so that they form a rectangular case when closed, each fitted on the interior with two square top drawers and a lower rectangular drawer fitted with ring pulls, inlaid on the sides with felicitous imagery, on the front with a bird and plum and with a bird and bamboo, on the ends with a large longevity character, and the back plain; the surface of the wood box applied with brownish black lacquer and the side brackets, hinges and clasp brass
8½ x 4½ x 5in. (21.7 x 10.9 x 12.8cm.)
A Mother-of-Pearl-Inlaid Lacquered Wood Accessory Box.
JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 2,000.- Estimate: USD 2,000 – USD 3,000.-
Christie’s September 18, 2013. LIVE AUCTION 2725 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Of rectangular shape, with a large lower drawer, slightly smaller middle drawer and two small top drawers, each fitted with metal pulls and lined on the interiors with paper, densely inlaid in mother-of-pearl with different panels, the large drawer with a scholar and attendant on a veranda below a willow tree, the middle drawer with a pair of mandarin ducks in a stream, a symbol of marital bliss, and the top drawers with a sun and scalloped clouds, the two sides and top each inlaid with three large florets and the surface applied with brownish black lacquer
7 x 8¼ x 9 1/8in. (17.7 x 20.8 x 22.8cm.)
A Carved Bamboo Lobed Brush Holder. (20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 15,000.- Estimate: USD 8,000 – USD 10,000.-

Christie’s September 18, 2013. LIVE AUCTION 2725 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Fashioned with six curved lobes that give the wide mouth and flat base the outline of a plum floret, the sides of the brush holder decorated with six felicitous panels of a bird on plum branches; carp, sun and mountains; chrysanthemums and insects; deer and pines; crane and bamboo; and heron and lotuses, each carved in low relief and stained light brown with a glossy finish, the shallow recessed backgrounds black with a lacquerlike finish, the interior applied with a thin, matte black stain. 6½in. (16.5cm.) high; 7¾in. (19.7cm.) diameter
A Fluted Wood Paper Holder with the Ten Signs of Long Life (Shipjaengsaeng). (EARLY 20TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 2,750.- Estimate: USD 1,000 – USD 2,000.-
Christie’s September 11, 2012. LIVE AUCTION 2579 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

The large paper holder constructed on a flat base with molded bamboolike perimeter with seven fluted sections, each carved in very low relief with imagery representing the Ten Signs of Long Life, including the sun, cranes, pines, deer and mystical fungus interpersed with other felicitous symbols, the carving stained golden brown with black line details and the base wood darker brown
8¼in. (21cm.) high; 8 5/8in. (21.8cm.) approx. diameter
A Wood Inkstone Case. JOSEON DYNASTY (CIRCA 1900)
Price realised: USD 3,000.- Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 4,000.-
Christie’s September 11, 2012. LIVE AUCTION 2579 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

Rectangular, with two shallow rectangular cases to hold inkstones fitted with flat, shallow covers, the integral two-tier stand pierced on the four sides with a shaped aperture allowing access to the lower tray, the wood polished medium brown and with attractive grain
17¼in. long x 11in. wide x 9¾in. high (44 x 28 x 24cm.)
A Wood Dining Table (Soban).
JOSEON DYNASTY (CIRCA 1900)
Price realised: USD 3,000.- Estimate: USD 2,500 – USD 4,000.-Christie’s March 21, 2012
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LIVE AUCTION 2552 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

The surface rectangular with notched and rounded corners above a perimeter apron carved in openwork with a butterfly and vines; four crossbars connected to the fluted, cylindrical legs joined by lower struts supporting an upright foliate panel; the wood finished reddish brown with extensive grain on top surface and high polish
19¼ x 14¼ x 10 1/8in. (48.8 x 36.2 x 25.7cm.)
A Carved Wood Inkstone Case.
JOSEON DYNASTY (LATE 19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 3,750.- Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 4,000.-
Christie’s March 21, 2012.
LIVE AUCTION 2552 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Of two tiers, the lower in the lower expanse between the four l-shaped legs, the upper a two-section box for inkstones with shallow, flat covers each carved in relief with a roundel of gnarled pines, the box finished reddish brown
15 7/8 x 10 7/8 x 10¼in. (40.3 x 27.7 x 26cm.)
A Red and Black-lacquered Wood Accessory Case.
JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 12,500.- Estimate: USD 10,000 – USD 15,000.-Christie’s March 21, 2012
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LIVE AUCTION 2552 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Rectangular, on four cabriole legs with two hinged doors opening to two interior drawers and with a hinged top tray with lock, the elaborate mounts metal, comprising engraved corner mounts, hinges and lock plates and with edge-protecting fittings in the shape of conjoined coins, the lock plate additionally cast with a reticulated svastika medallion
8 5/8 x 13¾ x 11 5/8in. (22 x 35 x 29.5cm.)
An Incised-Wood Cosmetic Box and Mirror.
JOSEON DYNASTY (CIRCA 1900)
Price realised: USD 4,375.- Estimate: USD 3,500 – USD 4,500.-Christie’s March 21, 2012
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LIVE AUCTION 2552 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Rectangular, set on four bracket feet and fitted with two drawers and integral folding mirror and stand at the top, the faces of the drawers incised with a shaped panel of orchids and the sides with a bird and flowers and the back with a stag and pines; metal mirror latch and drawer pulls in the shape of a radiant sun and butterfly, interiors of the drawers unlined
11¼ x 8¼ x 7¾in. (28.3 x 21 x 19.7cm.)
A Painted-Wood Wedding Duck (Kirogi).
JOSEON DYNASTY (CIRCA 1900)
Price realised: USD 5,250.- Estimate: USD 2,500 – USD 3,000.-Christie’s March 21, 2012
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LIVE AUCTION 2552 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Of golden brown wood painted in black and red pigment with lines and dots to indicate wing, breast, neck and head feathers and eyes, the underside cut with a deep rectangular recess
13in. (33cm.) long; 7½in. (19cm.) high approx.
A Pair of Painted-Wood Wedding Ducks (Kirogi).
JOSEON DYNASTY (CIRCA 1900)
Price realised: USD 5,625.- Estimate: USD 3,500 – USD 5,000.-Christie’s March 21, 2012
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LIVE AUCTION 2552 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Each of rough-hewn wood with lozenge-form body and triangular cutaways at the back to indicate the wings, two small triangular cuts indicate the eyes and the top beak is pierced with two holes holding a colored silk tassel; the surface applied with black pigment and the base cut with a deep rectangular recess painted in black pigment with Chinese characters, now illegible
13½in. (34.3cm.) long; 7¼in. (18.4cm.) each approx. (2)
A Carved Wood Ancestral-Chair Altar (Gyoui). JOSEON DYNASTY (EARLY 20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 1,875.- Estimate: USD 1,500 – USD 2,000.-Christie’s March 21, 2012
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LIVE AUCTION 2552 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

A Neo-Confucian altar representing an ancestral chair, the chair seat to serve as a stand for the memorial tablet of the deceased and an incense burner, the lower stand between the tall legs to contain offerings for the deceased; of carved and polished wood finished a dark reddish brown
13 3/16 x 20 11/16 x 53½in. (33.5 x 52.5 x 136cm.)




A Carved Wood Ancestral-Chair Altar (Gyoui). JOSEON DYNASTY (LATE 19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 2,250.- Estimate: USD 1,800 – USD 2,200.-
Christie’s March 21, 2012
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LIVE AUCTION 2552 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

A Neo-Confucian altar representing an ancestral chair, the chair seat to serve as a stand for the memorial tablet of the deceased and an incense burner, the lower stand between the tall legs to contain offerings for the deceased; of carved and polished wood finished a reddish brown
18 11/16 x 11 5/8 x 47 5/8in. (47.5 x 29.5 x 121cm.)
A Carved-Wood Memorial Tablet. JOSEON DYNASTY (LATE 19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 4,750.- Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 5,000.-

Christie’s March 23, 2011. LIVE AUCTION 2426 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

Cut in the shape of clouds and carved on the front in high relief with birds amidst flowering branches showing traces of white and red pigment that flank a narrow inscription niche with partial red pigment, the tablet set into a stepped lotus base of rectangular shape on bracket feet that is carved in relief with rounded lotus leaves painted black; the back of the tablet flat and undecorated
18½in. (47cm.) high; 11in. (28cm.) wide
A Polychrome Wood Memorial Tablet.
JOSEON DYNASTY (LATE 19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 7,500.- Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 5,000.-
Christie’s March 23, 2011. LIVE AUCTION 2426 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

Cut in the shape of clouds and carved in high relief across the front surfaces with three dragons writhing through clouds, two flanking the sides and one the top of the recessed inscription niche, the tablet set into a stepped, oblong base of lotus form carved on the front halves with overlapping lotus leaves and across the front half of the top of the base with clouds; the back of the tablet not carved, but painted on the tablet with cloud outlines and on the upper base with clouds and the lower base with lotus leaves
17¼in. (43.8cm.) high overall; 9¼in. (23.5cm.) wide approx.
A Polychrome Wood Memorial Tablet. JOSEON DYNASTY (EARLY 20TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 7,500.- Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 5,000.-
Christie’s March 23, 2011. LIVE AUCTION 2426 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

Cut in the outline of clouds and carved in high relief with two dragons in clouds flanking the sides of the inscription niche and one surmounting the top in a cloud-shaped panel, the tablet resting on a two-tier plinth in the shape of an attenuated, oblong lotus painted black on the flat surface; the back of the tablet undecorated
17¾in. (45cm.) high; 11in. (28cm.) wide approx.
A Mother-of-pearl-inlaid Lacquer Box. JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 32,500.- Estimate: USD 6,000 – USD 8,000.-

Christie’s March 23, 2011. LIVE AUCTION 2426 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

The large rectangular box with close-fitting, overhanging cover and flat base, the lid inlaid in mother-of-pearl with a large rectangular reserve of a hut within a bamboo fence, mountains and grove of bamboo within a border of four corner leaves and slender double-lines, the reserve in turn surrounded by a lotus meander that is repeated on the four sides above a narrow band of wavy lines, the exterior of the lower box inlaid with matching panels of scrolling lotus; the ground overall and wood base brownish black lacquer and the interior of the box lined in yellow paper; applied with flower-form metal shoulder and corner mounts
13 9/16 x 10 3/8 x 3¾in. (35 x 26.5 x 9.3cm.)
A Mother-of-pearl-inlaid Wood Cosmetic Box
JOSEON DYNASTY (LATE 19TH-20TH CENTURY)
Price realized: USD 1,500 Estimate: USD 2,500 – USD 3,000. Christie’s September 15, 2010.
LIVE AUCTION 2338 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART INCLUDING ARTS OF THE MEIJI PERIOD

Rectangular, set on a rectangular base with bracket feet and scalloped front apron, fitted with a large rectangular top drawer inlaid on the face with mother-of-pearl panels of birds and flowers and bamboo, two deep rectangular drawers inlaid on the faces with flower latticework and with a second large drawer inlaid with panels of felicitous paired phoenixes and bamboo, mandarin ducks and lotus and bamboo; the grounds of the drawer faces black, the exterior sides of the box black and the front of the plinth red, the interiors unpainted wood; fitted with flattened metal drawer pulls and corner brackets
Length 12in. (30.5cm.) x width 11¾in. (29.8cm.) x height 11 3/8in. (28.8cm.)
A Reverse-painted Oxhorn-applied Wood Accessory Box (Hwagak haem) of the Signs of Long Life (Shipjaengsaeng) JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 20,000, Estimate: USD 20,000 – USD 25,000
Christie’s September 15, 2010
. Japanese & Korean Art Including Arts of the Meiji Period.

A Reverse-painted Oxhorn-applied Wood Accessory Box (Hwagak haem) of the Signs of Long Life (Shipjaengsaeng)
Joseon dynasty (19th century)
Rectangular, applied on the lid with twelve squares of thin oxhorn veneer painted on the reverse sides in polychrome pigments with the auspicious imagery of the signs of long life with rich details of birds, trees and flowers, the slanted border of the lid reverse-painted black; the long sides of the box applied with twelve smaller rectangles and the shorter sides applied with nine rectangles all reverse-painted to form further longevity panels; inner rims red and the interior lined with purple paper, the base black with low bean-shaped feet in the four corners
Length 11¾in. (29.9cm.) x width 8 1/8in. (20.5cm.) x height 3½in. (8.8cm.)
A Tripart Incised-wood Brush Holder.
JOSEON DYNASTY (20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 1,375.-
Estimate: USD 1,500 – USD 2,000.-
Christie’s September 15, 2010. LIVE AUCTION 2338 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART INCLUDING ARTS OF THE MEIJI PERIOD

Composed of three connected cylinders each of hexagonal shape and of slightly variant diameters, deeply carved into the facets with running rows of calligraphy ending with an incised artemesia leaf, the rims decorated with lightning-bolt bands colored red in the recesses, the wood of the exterior finished reddish brown, the cloverleaf-shaped base and interiors unfinished
8 3/8in. (21.2cm.) high; base diameter 7 3/8in. (18.7cm.)
A Twelve-sided Wood Hat Box.
JOSEON DYNASTY (LATE 19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 563.-
Estimate: USD 800 – USD 1,200.-

Christie’s September 15, 2010.
LIVE AUCTION 2338 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART INCLUDING ARTS OF THE MEIJI PERIOD

Made to contain a gentleman’s hat, fitted with a brass hinge-lock on rectangular lock plate and with back hinge and plate, the wood finished a deep, reddish-brown with gloss varnish; the interior wood unpolished
8 1/8in. (20.5cm.) high; 10¼in. (26.2cm.) diameter
Anonymous (Joseon Dynasty, July, 1901). Royal Banquet for the Celebration of the 50th Birthday of the Emperor Gojong.
Price realised: USD 842,500. Estimate:USD 300,000 – USD 350,000
Christie’s, September 15, 2010. Japanese & Korean Art Including Arts of the Meiji Period.

Emperor Gojong (1852-1919) is a hero of Korean nationalism. He lived during turbulent times and worked tirelessly to promote Korean independence from both China and Japan. The screen celebrating his fiftieth birthday (forty-ninth by Western count) in 1901 marks a moment when he was at the peak of his powers.

Gojong was the twenty-sixth king of the Joseon dynasty, taking the throne as a child. His father ruled for him as regent until 1873. Gojong had an ambitious and brilliant wife, known as Empress Myeongseong or Queen Min (1852-1895), who fought fiercely for Korean independence.

In 1897, Gojong proclaimed the founding of the Empire of Korea, severing Korea’s ties with Qing-dynasty China and ending the traditional tributary system. His government was faced with pressure from both Japan and China, however, and with domestic unrest in the form of peasant rebellions. Following a peasant revolt in 1894, Gojong requested military aid from Japan, which gave the Japanese a foothold that they never relinquished. Japan won the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), both fought on the Korean peninsula. A Protectorate Treaty of 1905 stripped Korea of its rights as an independent nation and the Japanese forced Gojong to abdicate. In 1910, Korea was annexed by Japan. Gojong died in confinement in his palace in 1919.

The screen shown here commemorates the royal banquet for the celebration of Gojong’s fiftieth birthday. The owner purchased the screen in Korea in the 1960s. It may be the last example of a Korean royal celebratory banquet (jinyeon) screen ever produced. The event, which took place over a period of days in late July, followed set ritual imbued with Confucian ideology. The painting here is accordingly in archaic style prescribed by long-established convention dictating seating arrangement, food, drinks, flowers, musical instruments, costumes and so on. There are a few unusual details, however. The imperial guards standing in the gateway and along the walled enclosure at the bottom of the first and second panels from the right, for example, are in Western military uniforms.

The first and second panels record the Oejinyon, the large public event with government officials, foreign guests and members of the royal clan in Chunghwajon Hall. The emperor’s presence is symbolized by the Sun, Moon and Five Peaks screen behind the empty throne. A large white canopy covers the courtyard. The third and fourth panels document a more private banquet, Naejinyon, held for family members at Hamnyongjon Hall. Women participated in this event. The fifth and sixth panels show the night banquet, Yajinyon. Lanterns are strung below the eaves and along the partitions to illuminate the courtyard. The seventh panel shows the small private banquet given by the Crown Prince. The first line of the last panel of this screen bears the name of the temporary royal supervisory office in charge of this banquet. The next eleven lines list the titles and ranks of the eleven officials appointed to the assignment. The inscription also records the date.
A Polychrome-Wood Altar Attendant (Dongja). JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 35,000.-
Estimate: USD 10,000 – USD 15,000.-

Christie’s September 15, 2010. LIVE AUCTION 2338 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART INCLUDING ARTS OF THE MEIJI PERIOD

Carved as an immortal boy holding an offering of a mythical lion and in characteristic pose and dress painted in pigments of red, green, white and black
20in. (50.7cm.) high

A Lacquered, Mother-of-Pearl, Shagreen and Tortoise Shell Cabinet. JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 3,000.- Estimate: USD 3,500 – USD 4,000.-

Christie’s March 24, 2010. LIVE AUCTION 2296 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

Rectangular, set on a rectangular plinth with curved legs and fitted with two hinged lower doors, the surface elaborately inlaid with writhing confronted dragons chasing the flaming pearl in mother-of-pearl outlined in twisted brass wire surrounded by precious emblems and auspicious Chinese characters in inlaid mother-of-pearl and tortoise shell outlined in wire against a ground of gold powdered lacquer, the top surface decorated with Buddhist trigrams in shagreen and wire and with clouds inlaid in mother-of-pearl, tortoise shell and further brass wire
37¾ x 22¾ x 12in. (96 x 58 x 30.5cm.)
An Inlaid Lacquer Cabinet. JOSEON DYNASTY (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 5,000.- Estimate: USD 6,000 – USD 8,000.-

Christie’s March 24, 2010. LIVE AUCTION 2296 JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

Rectangular, with rectangular base supported by four inward-turned legs and fitted with symmetrically arranged drawers of various sizes, the exterior lacquer inlaid with green and red shagreen and horn accented by wire, some twisted, with confronted phoenixes and blossoms on the hinged doors, lotus scroll on the sides, with a dragon and tiger on the top and with yin-yang symbols on the interior, completing the felicitous imagery; the stand decorated en suite; engraved metal fittings
26 3/8 x 23 1/8 x 16½in. (67 x 59 x 42cm.)
A Large Red Lacquer Table. JOSEON DYNASTY (EARLY 20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 10,625.- Estimate: USD 1,500 – USD 2,000.-

Christie’s September 17, 2009. LIVE AUCTION 2193 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

With circular top raised on high cabriole legs connected by two slats and an apron of reticulated knots and applied with red lacquer, details incised; inscribed on underside in hangul with date 4th year of the reign of Chinese emperor Tongzhi (1868) and with the name of the maker, a Juji Junjo of Hakpong-ri (?)
35 3/8in. (90cm) diameter; 18½in. (47cm) high
A Carved Wood Brush Holder. CHOSON PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 6,875.-
Estimate: USD 2,000 – USD 3,000.-

Christie’s September 18, 2007.
LIVE AUCTION 1876 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

A conjoined brush holder of two chevron-shaped containers carved in low relief with a crab and rooster, chrysanthemums and pulloch’o fungus stained medium brown against a deep brown background
4 1/8in. (10.5cm.) high; 6 1/8in.(15.7cm.) long
A Large Partially Lacquered Wood Octagonal Tray.
CHOSON PERIOD (19TH-20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 688.-
Estimate: USD 1,000 – USD 1,500.-
Christie’s September 18, 2007.
LIVE AUCTION 1876 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

With eight walls sharply angled from the hexagonal well rising to the slightly rounded rim applied with red lacquer, the hexagonal base supported on eight bracket feet
17 3/8in. (44.6cm.) diameter; 3½in. (9cm.) high
A Large Mother-of-Pearl-Inlaid Black Lacquer Box.
CHOSON PERIOD (19TH-20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 3,250.-
Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 4,000.-

Christie’s September 18, 2007.
LIVE AUCTION 1876 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Rectangular with rounded corners inlaid in mother-of-pearl with an auspicious inscription in large Chinese characters within a border of “precious emblems” and florets on the top and below a band of circles on the sides, the inlaid panels outlined by narrow borders of twisted metal wire
25 x 13¼ x 9in. (63.5 x 33.7 x 22.8cm.)
A Mother-of-Pearl-Inlaid Lacquered Wood Chest.
CHOSON PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 2,750.-
Estimate: USD 2,500 – USD 3,000.-

Christie’s September 18, 2007.
LIVE AUCTION 1876 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Rectangular, with hinged shallow lid and fitted with a metal tongue lock and lock plate, inlaid in mother-of-pearl against a ground of brownish-black lacquer on the lid with four auspicious bats surrounding a longevity medallion within double-line borders, inlaid on the front with two square panels of elements of the Ten Signs of Long Life (Shipjaengsaeng), inlaid on the side panels with bees, peonies and rocks and on the back panel with a pair of song birds on a flowering plum; interior lined in cloth
10 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 5 3/8in. (25.5 x 15.5 x 5 3/8in.)
A Mother-of-Pearl-Inlaid Lacquered Wood Box.
CHOSON PERIOD (19TH-20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 8,750.-
Estimate: USD 4,000 – USD 6,000.-

Christie’s September 18, 2007.
LIVE AUCTION 1876 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Rectangular, with flat base and shallow cover, inlaid in mother-of-pearl on the exterior with lotus arabesques surrounded by narrow rectangular panels of lotus blossoms, circles and triangles, all accented or bordered by inlaid twisted wire, the borders of the lower box circles and clouds, the ground and base brownish-black lacquer; interior lined with red paper
12 5/8 x 7¾ x 7 7/8in. (32 x 19.6 x 20cm.)
A Large Lacquered Wood Hinged Box.
CHOSON PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 2,500.-
Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 4,000.-

Christie’s September 18, 2007.
LIVE AUCTION 1876 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Of rectangular shape set on four bun feet fitted with bronze top hinges and lock plate engraved with flowers and “precious emblems,” butterfly lock and L-shaped protective side mounts, the ground black lacquer; interior lined in paper
16¼ x 11¼ x 17¾in. (41.1 x 28.5 x 19.9cm.)
A Carved Wood Letter Box.
CHOSON PERIOD (19TH-20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 5,250.-
Estimate: USD 2,000 – USD 2,500.-

Christie’s September 18, 2007.
LIVE AUCTION 1876 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Of rounded rectangular shape connected to an extended backplate pierced at the top with a plum floret below a small hole for suspension, the front panel carved in high relief with a bird on flowering plum branches
8 x 8in. (20.2 x 20cm.)
A Mother-of-Pearl-Inlaid Red-Lacquered Wood Stand and Case. CHOSON PERIOD (19TH-20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 5,250.-
Estimate: USD 4,000 – USD 6,000.-
Christie’s September 18, 2007. LIVE AUCTION 1876 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Inlaid in mother-of-pearl on the curved top surface with four cranes amidst clouds centering a stylized auspicious medallion, on the sides with pavilions in a garden with a carp-filled pond and on the removable front panel with a scene of four sages playing a board game, the panel opening to reveal an interior compartment of red lacquer with two shelves, inlaid panels outlined with narrow bands of horn, the surface of the outer shelf inlaid with six florets; back red lacquer
12½ x 9¾ x 17¼in. (31.8 x 24.7 x 43.8cm.)
A Cylindrical Wood Document Holder. (20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 7,200.-
Estimate: USD 600 – USD 800.-
Christie’s March 28, 2006.
LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

Tubular, with cap cover and carved overall with pavilions, rocks and lush foliage, pierce-carved for effect and stained dark
12¼in. (31.2cm.)
Wood Picnic Box. (20TH CENTURY)
Price realised:USD 900.-
Estimate: USD 500 – USD 700.-
Christie’s March 28, 2006.
LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

Comprised of four rectangular food containers arranged in tiers and fitted into a rectangular case pierced with lozenges which may also serve as a stand; the case incised at the top with an auspicious bat
9 7/8 x 5½ x 4 1/8in. (25.3 x 14 x 10.4cm.)
A Beveled Wood Bottle. CHOSON PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 1,320.-
Estimate: USD 600 – USD 800.-
Christie’s March 28, 2006.

LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

Circular, with rounded shoulders and wide cup-form mouth, beveled and with raised ribs of parallel slender lines, dark-brown finish with reddish-brown suffusions
6¾in. (17.3cm.) high
A Large Leather and Brass-Mounted Wood Seal Case.
CHOSON PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 15,600.-
Estimate: USD 10,000 – USD 15,000.-
Christie’s March 28, 2006.
LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

Square, with high faceted and hinged lid surmounted by a large octagonal knop and fitted with a tongue and ring lock, the brass mountings perforated with leaves and florets and bordering shaped panels of black-lacquered leather, the lower front panel applied with two silvered-metal characters reading “seal” and “secure”; fitted with side ring handles, interior wood
12½ x 12½ x 15½in. (31.8 x 31.8 x 39.4cm.)
A Red and Black-Painted Wood Chest. (EARLY 20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 22,800.- Estimate: USD 5,000 – USD 7,000.-
Christie’s March 28, 2006.
LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

Rectangular with top corner brackets, central pair of doors opening to the inner cabinet and bracket feet, carved with small rectangular floral panels separated by raised borders
30 3/8 x 27 1/8 x 15¼in. (77.3 x 69 x 38.7cm.)
Bamboo Display Cabinet. (20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 6,600.- Estimate: USD 3,000 – USD 5,000.-

Christie’s March 28, 2006.
LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

Assembled with two open shelves above two shallow rectangular drawers and two large lower shelves covered by hinged doors carved with characters for good luck, the surfaces applied with rows of slit bamboo with reddish brown finish
48½ x 22¼ x 12¼in. (123.3 x 56.5 x 31.1cm.)
Wood Inkstone Box. CHOSON PERIOD (CIRCA 1900)
Price realised: USD 3,120.-
Estimate: USD 1,500 – USD 2,000.-

Christie’s March 28, 2006.
LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

Rectangular on an attached stand fitted with single low tier and with two top square cases for writing implements and inkstone below the shallow cover; each case lid inlaid with a panel of black and medium-brown grained wood, repeated on the sides of the cases, within a border of reddish brown wood matched on the stand
14 3/8 x 8¾ x 10in. (36.5 x 22.3 x 26cm.)
A Bronze Seal Case and Two Brass Locks. (20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 1,320.-
Estimate: USD 800 – USD 1,200.-
Christie’s March 28, 2006.
LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

The seal case square with hinged lid surmounted by a faceted knop and fitted with side ring handles and tongue lock, the surface patterned with a herdsman and auspicious plants below fret and bat borders on the lid; one lock rectangular with sliding cylindrical bolt with rectangular case patterned with auspicious characters, the other lock smaller and also rectangular with fluted and domed key
Case 5 x 5 x 7 5/8in. (12.7 x 12.7 x 19.4cm.); Locks 5¾in. (14.6cm.) and 3½in. (8.9cm.) long (3)
Carved Wood Table (Soban). CHOSON PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 360.- Estimate: USD 600 – USD 800.-

Christie’s March 28, 2006.
LIVE AUCTION 1695 KOREAN ART INCLUDING THE ROBERT MOORE COLLECTION OF KOREAN

The tray rectangular with canted corners incised within the perimeter with double lines and a floret at each corner, the apron pierced and carved with vines centering a small auspicious character medallion above rectangular struts linking four curved legs, the upper portions of which are carved as segments of bamboo; black-brown finish with reddish brown accents
15¾ x 12 1/8 x 9 1/8in. (40 x 30.6 x 23cm.)
A Korean silver decorated iron box and cover, 19th Century.
Price realised: GBP 240.-
Estimate: GBP 300 – GBP 500.-
Christie’s December 15, 2005.
LIVE AUCTION 5568 ASIAN ART

Of rectangular form with a bronze lock and handle, decorated with stylized roundels upon a key fret ground, incised characters to underside – 4ins. (10.2cm) wide.
A Korean inlaid lacquer five-tiered box and cover, Choson Dynasty, (19th Century)
Price realised: GBP 900.-
Estimate: GBP 300 – GBP 400.-
Christie’s December 15, 2005.
LIVE AUCTION 5568 ASIAN ART

Decorated in mother-of-pearl with a willow tree, scattered chrysanthemum branches and stylized flowerheads – 12¾in. (32.3cm.) high.
A Reverse-Painted Oxhorn-Applied Wood Accessory Box. CHOSON PERIOD (19TH CENTURY).
Price realised: USD 14,400.- Estimate: USD 15,000 – USD 20,000.-

Christie’s September 22, 2005. LIVE AUCTION 1553 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Rectangular with shallow cover and set on four demilune feet, applied with thin rectangular panels of oxhorn painted on the versos in green, white, black and coral on red grounds with felicitous and longevity symbols including phoenixes, tigers, deer, tortoises, fish, boars, geese, clouds, pines, sacred fungus and foliage, the box rims painted red and the interior lined with purple paper, base painted black
11¾ x 8 x 3½in. (29.8 x 20.4 x 8.8cm.)
COFFRE EN BOIS PLAQUE DE CORNE PEINTE. COREE, PERIODE CHOSON, XIXÈME SIECLE.
Price realised: EUR 31,200.- Estimate: EUR 4,500 – EUR 6,000.-

Christie’s, Paris June 15, 2005. LIVE AUCTION 5308 ART D’ASIE

De forme rectangulaire, plaqué sur cinq côtés de petits carrés de corne peinte, chaque vignette représentant des grues, phénix, martin-pêcheurs, tigres, cerfs, dragons, poissons, chimères mais aussi des branchages fleuris, enfants et Sages, les deux longs côtés rehaussés de deux poignées, de charnières et de ferrures en bronze ; accidents et manques
Dimensions: 32,5 x 58,6 x 33,2 cm. (12¾ x 23 1/16 x 13 1/16 in.)
A Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Lacquer Tray. CHOSON PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 7,800.- Estimate: USD 5,000 – USD 7,000.-
Christie’s March 29, 2005
LIVE AUCTION 1490 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Circular on a flat base, inlaid on the interior with a large panel of two confronted dragons chasing the flaming pearl amongst clouds within a ring of fretwork and with four large auspicious characters, the tray inlaid on the exterior with eight auspicious characters separated by panels of diamond-center diaperwork within fretwork bands, the ground black lacquer
13 3/8in. (33.8cm.) diameter; 3 3/8in. (8.7cm.) high
A Silver-Inlaid Iron Box and Cover. CHOSON PERIOD (EARLY 20TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 1,440.- Estimate: USD 1,500 – USD 2,000.-

Christie’s March 29, 2005 LIVE AUCTION 1490 JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

Circular, with deep lower compartment and shallow, slightly domed cover, inlaid on the lower exterior with two auspicious characters bordered by square panels of foliage and a lower continuous band of flowers around the perimeter; the cover inlaid with an auspicious and yin-yang medallion surrounded by further foliage and with a band of fretwork around the sides, interior undecorated
3¾in. (9.5cm.) high; 6 1/8in. (15.5cm.) diameter

A Korean mother-of-pearl inlaid box and cover, Choson Dynasty
Price realised: GBP 2,640.- Estimate: GBP 1,000 – GBP 1,500
.-
Christie’s March 10, 2005. LIVE AUCTION 5558 ASIAN ART

A Korean mother-of-pearl inlaid box and cover, Choson Dynasty
of rectangular form with domed hinged cover and white metal rims, decorated with shaped panels reserved with flowers and auspicious objects on a dense flower head ground — 8½in. (21.6cm.) wide.
A Large Lacquer Box. CHOSON PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY)
Price realised: USD 1,016.- Estimate: USD 800 – USD 1,200.-
Christie’s September 22, 2004.
LIVE AUCTION 1410 JAPANESE AND KOREAN WORKS OF ART

Square, decorated with felicitous imagery inlaid in mother-of-pearl including butterflies and peonies, chrysanthemums and stands of bamboo and flowering plum with birds on the two front panels, the hinged cover inlaid in mother-of-pearl with a large longevity character centered by four auspicious bats, the ground black lacquer, fittings copper, interior lined with paper
15 5/8 x 15 5/8 x 9¾in. (40 x 40 x 25cm.)
A mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer box, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century 朝鮮王朝十六世紀 黑漆嵌螺鈿太白小箱.
Estimate: 10,000 – 15,000 EUR. Lot Sold: 12,000 EUR
. Sotheby’s Paris, June 14, 2020.

Property from the Personal Collection of Sam and Myrna Myers in France
A mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer box
Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century.
21.5 x 32 x 21 cm, 8½ by 12⅝ by 8¼ in.
A rare mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer tray, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century 朝鮮王朝十六世紀 黑漆嵌螺鈿太白托盤.
Estimate: 6,000 – 8,000 EUR. Lot Sold: 7,200 EUR. Sotheby’s Paris, June 14, 2020.


Property from the Personal Collection of Sam and Myrna Myers in France
A rare mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer tray
Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century
41 x 28 cm, 16⅛ by 11 in.
A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID LACQUERED ‘FLORAL’ STATIONERY BOX AND COVER, JOSEON DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY.
Height 5¼ in., 13,4cm; Width 18 in., 46cm; Depth 12¼ in., 31cm. SOTHEBY’S, New York, USA. March 21, 2012.
Estimate: 80,000 – 120,000 USD Lot Sold: 107,100 USD
Finely inlaid with mother-of-pearl, the present box is a superb example of Joseon dynasty lacquerware. It displays the native Korean innovation of enhancing the texture of larger pieces of shell by inducing a pattern of cracks before inlay, as seen in the blossoms and leaves. James Watt suggests that this pattern of ‘accidental cracks’ is perhaps akin to the crazing on thick celadon wares (see James C.Y. Watt and Barbara Brennan Ford, East Asian Lacquer: The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, New York, 1991, p. 317). Such cracks may have also served to enhance the shimmering iridescence of the mother-of-pearl.
Watt also proposes a general scheme for the development of 15th and 16th century Joseon lacquerware, whereby later examples of lacquer from this period exhibit simpler floral motifs, more geometric vines, and only one type of flower (instead of a variety of species growing from the same scroll) (see ibid., pp 308-310). The larger stylized lotus blossoms and rhythmic scrolls on the present piece suggest a 16th century attribution.
Additionally, this box is stylistically related to a writing box that can be securely dated to the 16th century, with a comparable treatment of flowers, buds, and leaves, in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum and designated Important Cultural Property (accession no. TH298). The box and its associated lacquer writing set originally belonged to the Ouchi family, a daimyo (feudal lord) family that ruled over the western part of Honshu in Japan from the 14th to 16th centuries.
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