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Korean Ceramics & Pottery

Korean pottery is notable for its age-old construction methods and distinctive glazes. Celadon and white porcelain, sophisticated figurines, and functional yet elaborately patterned vessels are hallmarks of Korea's ceramics tradition.

The Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla kingdoms of Korea (57 B.C. to 668 A.D.) have been largely credited with the inception of the country’s ceramic tradition. Coarse domestic wares were produced during this "Three Kingdoms of Korea" period, as well highly sophisticated figurines used for votive shrines. Korean pottery during this time was constructed using both the age-old hammered clay and coil method and the potter’s wheel, which offered newfound possibilities of ceramic forms.

In the 14th century, superior clays and glazes were introduced into the ceramic process. These yielded white porcelain as well as celadon, a bluish-green glaze realized through the addition of iron oxide during the firing process. Both became mainstays in Korean pottery.

The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897 A.D.) is considered to be the golden age of Korean pottery due to the diversity of styles and prolific output of the period. Austere, functional white porcelain coexisted with elaborately patterned vessels often adorned with lotus flowers and willow trees.


Quick Facts

  • Invented during the Joseon Dynasty, the chambered climbing kilns of Korea demonstrate an integral aspect of their achievements in the realm of ceramics. They were exported to Japan during this period
  • The Korean ceramics of the Goryeo Dynasty (918 – 1392 A.D.) are largely regarded as the finest small-scale ceramic works in Korean history
  • Nobility and the scholarly Confucian class traditionally used white porcelain vessels to mark ceremonial occasions, a material which they prized for its understated elegance

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A KOREAN BLUE & WHITE TEAPOT & A CELADON DISH, JOSEON DYNASTY (1392-1897)
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A KOREAN BLUE & WHITE TEAPOT & A CELADON DISH, JOSEON DYNASTY (1392-1897)
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Korean Goryeo Style Celadon Glazed Dragon Ewer
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Korean Cream Glazed Porcelain Ruyi
Mar 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Korean Cream Glazed Porcelain Ruyi
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Est: $100- $200
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Chinese 12C Goryeo dynasty, A korean celadon-glazed 'floral' water dropper
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Chinese 12C Goryeo dynasty, A korean celadon-glazed 'floral' water dropper
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Collectible Korean Porcelain Tea Pot
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Collectible Korean Porcelain Tea Pot
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Korean Celadon Porcelain Pot
Mar 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Korean Celadon Porcelain Pot
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Est: $100- $200
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Korean Shipwreck Porcelain Tall Censer
Mar 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Korean Shipwreck Porcelain Tall Censer
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Est: $100- $200
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Korean Cream Glazed Porcelain Pot
Mar 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Korean Cream Glazed Porcelain Pot
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
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Korean Royal Type Porcelain Lotus Plate
Mar 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Korean Royal Type Porcelain Lotus Plate
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$700 Bids
A Korean Wine Ewer
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A Korean Wine Ewer
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Korean Blue and White Porcelain Bottle, Joseon Period
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Korean Blue and White Porcelain Bottle, Joseon Period
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Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,5000 Bids
Antique Korean Ceramic Ritual Offering Vessel
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Antique Korean Ceramic Ritual Offering Vessel
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Est: $40- $15,000
$400 Bids
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Korean Stoneware Pot, Early Joseon
Mar 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Korean Stoneware Pot, Early Joseon
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Est: $100- $150
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Korean Cream Glazed Porcelain Tall Stand
Mar 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Korean Cream Glazed Porcelain Tall Stand
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A Korean Blue and White Jar and Vase
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A Korean Blue and White Jar and Vase
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Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Three pieces of Korean Pottery
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A Park Young-Sook glazed Buncheong stoneware plate
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Locati LLC

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Andrew Jones Auctions

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