Subject:Re: Korean (?) Mother-of-pearl inlaid vase
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Nov 13, 2017
I recollect seeing one or two at estate sales with "Korea" struck into the base, and would suppose anything without an export mark was probably bought in-country at a shopping enclave such as Seoul's Itaewon District, or the American military exchange store at the nearby Yongsan Garrison.
It's my impression that the heyday for such vases probably waned after the third quarter of the 20th century. I visited Seoul in the mid-to-late 80's a couple of times and recall the quality of lacquer wares of all types being much finer and more sophisticated. But while $100 apiece is bit higher than I'm used to seeing in Florida, a vase like this sitting on a brightly lacquered altar with some incense in the air would look right at home.