Everything is Transient: An Important White-Glazed Korean Moon Jar

New York | 19 September

This September, Sotheby’s is privileged to present this unparalleled white-glazed Korean moon jar dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), from the late 17th to the early 18th centuries. Exceptionally well-preserved and measuring 44 cm high, this captivating vessel ranks among the largest moon jars known. It is exemplary for its equally wide diameter and resulting voluminous, spherical form. Absent of design or decoration, the generous form is enlivened by the rich tonality and lustrous texture of the glaze, further exemplifying its rareness. From its humble beginnings as a utilitarian vessel, the moon jar has transcended geographic and cultural boundaries to become one of the most iconic and influential works of art in modern times, equally significant in the history of Korean ceramics, the development of modern studio pottery, and global art history.

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