Rare type of Punchong bowl

Puncheong (Bunchong) bowl, Chosun Dynasty

Buncheong ware exhibits distinctive regional characteristics. Representative of buncheong ware made in Gyeongsang Province are those with inlaid and stamped decoration, with regular, well-defined patterns. In contrast, buncheong from Jeolla Province typically has incised or sgraffito designs, which tend to be more freely executed and inventive. The kiln sites of Mount Gyeryong in Chungcheong Province is famous for its buncheong with iron-painted decoration. The tonal contrast of bold iron-brown against the white slip background is stunning. The incised (Jeolla) or iron-painted (Chungcheong) “drawings” are often whimsical and evocative; and whether representational or abstract, they are always visually compelling.

Unlike buncheong, the production of porcelain during the Joseon dynasty was centralized. A group of kilns known as bunwon, catering to and managed by the royal court, was operating not far from the capital of Hanyang (present-day Seoul) as early as the 1460s. Bunwon continued as the manufacturing center of porcelain until the second half of the nineteenth century, but already by the sixteenth century, the demand for porcelain expanded beyond the Joseon elite and the capital. Porcelain kilns in the regions multiplied, and even buncheong kilns eventually turned to making porcelain. Typical sixteenth-century buncheong ware, such as those brushed with white slip or completely dipped in white slip, undoubtedly represent less expensive alternatives to white porcelain. Yet their slightly irregular surface design endows them with a vibrant beauty.

This particular piece is of the more rare kind in which the object is dipped into the slip instead of having it applied with a brush.

This bowl is 7" in diameter and 2.75" high.


The image at the left is looking down inside the bowl.  You can see the six darker spots in a circle in the middle showing the placement of the bits of clay used to separate the bowls when they were stacked in the kiln. Th very dark triangular spot is where the slip did not adhere to the bowl.


This image shows the bottom of the bowl, where you can see the slip showing around the bottom of the rim and the original color of the base clay which was not dipped.

We are offering this piece at a very reduced price because there is a very small chip just below the rim.  The picture to the right has an arrow pointing to the chip so you will not miss seeing it Because it has this imperfection, Instead of listing this bowl at $950.00 we are offering a 50% discount and asking only $475.00.

All other marks are original marks on the bowl from the firing process and are not considered imperfections.
The Chosun/Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) was founded by the powerful Goryeo (918–1392) military commander Yi Seong-gye, who named it Joseon. Yi Seong-gye moved the capital to Hanyang (now Seoul), and allied himself with a group of reform-minded Confucian scholars, who reorganized Korean society using the teachings of Confucius as their guiding principles.
For the most part, the arts of the Joseon dynasty mirrored yangban tastes. Men of this class placed great emphasis on the qualities of restraint and unassuming simplicity. 

Two similar bowls pictured below are for your reference.

museum piece
Bowl with Bunjang Design, Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), 16th century, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Drs. Peter and Irene Jun, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
This bowl was recently sold by Christie's Auction House. I don't know what it sold for, but I do know that Christie's does not deal in low price merchandise.

Your bowl will come with this certificate of origin