Young Sook Park - Design Evening New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Park Young-Sook, et al., Park Young-Sook's White Porcelain Moonjar, exh. cat., Show Gallery, New York and Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, 2006, throughout
    Fine Collection of Raving Beauty, New Vision in Ceramic, Park Young Sook, exh. cat., RH Gallery, New York and Seoul, 2012, pp. 3-4
    A World of Glowing White, The Porcelain Art of Park Young Sook, exh. cat., The Choi Sunu House, Seoul, 2015, pp. 43, 79, 81

  • Catalogue Essay

    Evoking a celestial body, Park Young Sook’s "Moon Jar" is the realization of the artist’s dedicated study and honoring of the tradition of Korean ceramics. The origin of the moon jar form dates to late-seventeenth to mid-eighteenth century Korea, when the elegant, large vessels were used for storing rice or alcohol, and occasionally for the display of flowers. The court and nobility of the Joseon Dynasty celebrated the moon jar for its pure-white glazed surface and seeming simplicity of form, which they considered to be an expression of Korean neo-Confucian ideals. The difficult medium and the technically-demanding scale of the moon jar attest to the profound level of skill achieved by Joseon craftsmen. The generous, spherical shape of the vessel is formed of two parts, joined together at their largest circumference, creating a unique contour around the luminous form. Through devoted experimentation, Park employs traditional methods together with her own techniques to create a modern evocation of the moon jar. Demonstrating her patience and mastery of the form and material, she sought to increase the height of her vessels while reducing the thickness of their walls when compared to historical examples. Having grown up in Gyeongju, once the capital of the ancient Silla Dynasty, Park spent her childhood among the eighth-century Bulguska Buddhist temple, surrounded by historical art and artifacts. Exploring the surrounding history, she began collecting antiquities from a young age, later attributing her skill for ratio and proportion in her ceramics to this distinctive environment. In reviving the once lost methods of the Joseon potters, Park combines color, form, and proportion so as not to distract from the viewer’s gaze, embracing the vessel’s pleasing "full moon" shape.


"Moon Jar," no. 14

Porcelain, white glaze.
24 in. (61 cm) high, 21 5/8 in. (54.9 cm) diameter
Underside painted in Hangul, 2007 November 23rd/A fragrance of plum blossom under the glaze.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $125,000

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Design Evening

New York Auction 12 December 2017