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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pair Vintage Korean Blue & White Dragon Urns
Oct 27, 4:00 PM EDT
Pair Vintage Korean Blue & White Dragon Urns
by Anzardo's Fine Arts
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
KOREAN CELADON CUP STAND GORYEO DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY
Nov 05, 10:00 AM GMT
KOREAN CELADON CUP STAND GORYEO DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £600- £800
£3000 Bids
Korean Celadon Glaze Figural Water Dropper
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Korean Celadon Glaze Figural Water Dropper
by Neue Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A GROUP OF GLAZED CELADON PORCELAIN
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A GROUP OF GLAZED CELADON PORCELAIN
by Nagel Auction
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
A Chinese/Korean/Japanese Dish
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Chinese/Korean/Japanese Dish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Korena Blue and White/Green Jar
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Korena Blue and White/Green Jar
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $350- $3,500
$3500 Bids
A Korean Blue and White Porcelain Jar
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Korean Blue and White Porcelain Jar
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $600- $6,000
$6000 Bids
A Korean Figurine
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Korean Figurine
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
An Antique Korean Altar Pottery Article
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
An Antique Korean Altar Pottery Article
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
AN PORCELAIN WATER DROPPER DECORATED WITH FLOWERS AND A LANDSCAPE AND A FROG-SHAPED HANDLE
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
AN PORCELAIN WATER DROPPER DECORATED WITH FLOWERS AND A LANDSCAPE AND A FROG-SHAPED HANDLE
by Nagel Auction
Est: €900- €1,500
€9000 Bids
A RARE COPPER-RED GLAZED GRAPEWINE JAR
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A RARE COPPER-RED GLAZED GRAPEWINE JAR
by Nagel Auction
Est: €15,000- €20,000
€15,0000 Bids
A GROUP OF FOUR BLUE AND WHITE DECORATED WATER DROPPERS, ONE WITH COPPER RED
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A GROUP OF FOUR BLUE AND WHITE DECORATED WATER DROPPERS, ONE WITH COPPER RED
by Nagel Auction
Est: €800- €1,200
€8000 Bids
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A MOULDED CERAMIC TILE Korea, probably Silla Dynasty
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A MOULDED CERAMIC TILE Korea, probably Silla Dynasty
by Bonhams
Est: £800- £1,000
£8000 Bids
2 porcelain wine bottles. Korea. 19th century. One with
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
2 porcelain wine bottles. Korea. 19th century. One with
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Lot of 4 ceramics. To include: 19th century Korean
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 ceramics. To include: 19th century Korean
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
GROUP OF SEVEN KOREAN MINIATURE CERAMICS
Nov 02, 10:00 AM PDT
GROUP OF SEVEN KOREAN MINIATURE CERAMICS
by I.M. Chait Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
TWO KOREAN BLUE & WHITE CERAMICS
Nov 02, 10:00 AM PDT
TWO KOREAN BLUE & WHITE CERAMICS
by I.M. Chait Gallery
Est: $250- $350
$1250 Bids
TWO KOREAN CERAMICS
Nov 02, 10:00 AM PDT
TWO KOREAN CERAMICS
by I.M. Chait Gallery
Est: $250- $350
$1250 Bids
An antique Korean ceramic charger with dragon and fish design, 19th century, 7cm high, 38cm diameter
Nov 06, 10:00 AM AEDT
An antique Korean ceramic charger with dragon and fish design, 19th century, 7cm high, 38cm diameter
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3600 Bids

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