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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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Antique/Vintage Korean Porcelain Pieces
Dec 16, 11:00 AM PST
Antique/Vintage Korean Porcelain Pieces
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$201 Bid
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A PORCELAIN 'MOON JAR'
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Est: €300- €500
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Est: €0- €0
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Est: €0- €0
€1,2000 Bids
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Est: €0- €0
€1,2000 Bids
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Korean Old Porcelain Jars
Dec 17, 11:00 AM PST
Korean Old Porcelain Jars
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
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Vorratsgefäß Korea/ Silla jar
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
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Deckelschale Korea/ pot with cover
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
€8000 Bids
Dose/ Schale mit Deckel, Korea/ pot and cover
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Est: €0- €0
€8000 Bids
A BLUE AND WHITE JAR WITH BLOSSOMS AND SCROLLWORK
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
A BLUE AND WHITE JAR WITH BLOSSOMS AND SCROLLWORK
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Est: €500- €800
€5000 Bids
A RARE BLUE AND WHITE AND COPPER-RED DECORATED GRAPE AND WINE JAR
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
A RARE BLUE AND WHITE AND COPPER-RED DECORATED GRAPE AND WINE JAR
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€8,0000 Bids
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Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Koreanische Porzellan-Henkelkanne
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
Henkeltopf/ pot
Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
Henkeltopf/ pot
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Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Henkeltopf/ pot with handle
Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
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Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
Zwei Deckelschalen/ two pots with cover
Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
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Est: €0- €0
€8000 Bids
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Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
Vorratskrug/ jar
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Est: €0- €0
€1,2000 Bids
A GLAZED PORCELAIN ANTHROPOMORPHIC FIGURE
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A GLAZED PORCELAIN ANTHROPOMORPHIC FIGURE
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Est: €150- €200
€1000 Bids
A PAIR OF GLAZED PORCELAIN FIGURES
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A PAIR OF GLAZED PORCELAIN FIGURES
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Est: €300- €400
€2000 Bids
A SMALL GLAZED PORCELAIN BOTTLE
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A SMALL GLAZED PORCELAIN BOTTLE
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €300- €400
€2000 Bids
A WHITE SLIP INLAID AND CÉLADON GLAZED 'BUNCHEONG' CERAMIC CYLINDRICAL FLASK
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A WHITE SLIP INLAID AND CÉLADON GLAZED 'BUNCHEONG' CERAMIC CYLINDRICAL FLASK
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €500- €600
€4000 Bids
A SLIP INLAID AND CÉLADON GLAZED CERAMIC EWER
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A SLIP INLAID AND CÉLADON GLAZED CERAMIC EWER
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €200- €300
€1500 Bids
FOUR CERAMIC CONTAINERS
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
FOUR CERAMIC CONTAINERS
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €200- €300
€1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Korean Ceramics & Pottery


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Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Nagel Auction