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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 Glazed Ceramic Flask
Jun 08, 9:00 AM PDT
A Korean Glazed Ceramic Flask
by Abell Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
A Korean Glazed Ceramic Jar
Jun 08, 9:00 AM PDT
A Korean Glazed Ceramic Jar
by Abell Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
A Korean Glazed Ceramic Reticulated Brush Holder
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A Korean Glazed Ceramic Reticulated Brush Holder
by Abell Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
Korean Porcelain Cup Holder
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Korean Porcelain Cup Holder
by Stallion Hill Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
(2) Korean Teacups with a Crane and Cloud Motif
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(2) Korean Teacups with a Crane and Cloud Motif
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Korean Jeoson Dynasty Celadon Glazed Vessel
Jun 09, 12:00 PM EDT
Korean Jeoson Dynasty Celadon Glazed Vessel
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1000 Bids
(2) KOREAN PORCELAIN JARS WITH GRAPEVINE DESIGN
Jun 07, 10:00 AM CDT
(2) KOREAN PORCELAIN JARS WITH GRAPEVINE DESIGN
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Korean Joseon Dynasty Celadon Ritual Censer
May 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Korean Joseon Dynasty Celadon Ritual Censer
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Korean Unglazed Stoneware Funerary Urn with Cover
May 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Korean Unglazed Stoneware Funerary Urn with Cover
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
A Korean gadrooned terracotta Kendi, 16th Century
May 30, 6:00 PM CEST
A Korean gadrooned terracotta Kendi, 16th Century
by Greco Subastas
Est: €250- €350
€2500 Bids
A celadon-glazed bottle. Korea. Late Goryeo/early Joseon dynasty, 14/15th century
Jun 18, 11:00 AM CEST
A celadon-glazed bottle. Korea. Late Goryeo/early Joseon dynasty, 14/15th century
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€1,5000 Bids
Important Signed Korean Celadon Glazed Ewer / Kendi With Figures
Jun 08, 12:00 PM EDT
Important Signed Korean Celadon Glazed Ewer / Kendi With Figures
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $600- $1,200
$1000 Bids
A Korean Ceramic Jar With Copper Calligraphy
Jun 08, 9:00 AM PDT
A Korean Ceramic Jar With Copper Calligraphy
by Abell Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
A CELADON-GLAZED BRACKET-LOBED WATER DROPPER, JOSEON DYNASTY
Jun 28, 11:00 AM CEST
A CELADON-GLAZED BRACKET-LOBED WATER DROPPER, JOSEON DYNASTY
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
A SLIP-INLAID CELADON BOX AND COVER, GORYEO DYNASTY
Jun 28, 11:00 AM CEST
A SLIP-INLAID CELADON BOX AND COVER, GORYEO DYNASTY
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Korean Ceramics & Pottery


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Kunsthaus Lempertz KG