Long perceived as inferior to the art produced under the Goryeo dynasty (935-1392) and earlier, and neglected by the elite of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), who preferred landscapes and secular subjects, Joseon-era Buddhist art is now coming into its own. Still little known outside of Korea, quality pieces are becoming harder to find within Korea and prices are rising steadily.Lotus & Persimmon is pleased to present a number of pieces dating from the late Joseon period. Exact dates and provenance are difficult to determine because the artists in this genre were traditionally anonymous, and the upheavals of the 20th century in Korea led to the war-time destruction of many temples and the loss or undocumented dispersal of their contents, but our temple paintings almost certainly date from before the end of the dynasty in 1910, and some pieces may date from the mid-nineteenth century or even earlier. The prices of individual pieces reflect both age and quality, although the latter may outweigh the former.
Vintage Chinese Avalokitesvara (Bodhisattva of Compassion). Finely rendered with rich decorative touches and in very good condition. Suspended from brown silk ribbon and anchored by a solid wood rod. Probably mid to late 20th century. Dimensions: length 182cm (71.5"); width (28"); length of rod 80cm (31.5")
Thai Buddha head in 18th century Ayutthaya style. High quality reproduction cast in bronze and mounted with a black steel rod on a square black wooden base. Dimensions: height 50cm (19.5") including base; height 40cm (16") excluding base; circumference 67cm (26.5"); width 25cm (10"); base 23cm x 23cm (9" x 9").
High quality new 6-panel Korean folding screen; one side displays silk-screened calligraphy in Chinese characters on all 6 panels, while the other side shows colorful traditional scenes representing the 4 seasons on the 4 center panels. Dimensions: Length 258cm (101.5"); height 154.5cm (61"); width of end panels 44cm (17.5") each; width of 4 center...
Embroidered Peacock Scroll Antique embroidered scroll from Korea depicting a mated pair of peacocks with blossoms and a verse in classical Chinese characters, and embellished with 2 seals. Coloured silk thread on silk. Dimensions: height 167cm (just under 66"); width 47cm (18.5"); length of rod 56cm (a little over 22").
Vintage Vietnamese scroll painting showing a trio of cranes and other longevity symbols. Probably late 20th century. In excellent condition. Embellished by ornamental gold silk paper bands at the top and anchored by a blue-and-white porcelain rod. Dimensions: length 182cm (71.5"); width 71cm (28"); length of rod 80cm (31.5").