Park Soo Keun: Two Figures, framed
Lot 5346
Park Soo-Keun (1914-1965) Two figures, dated 1964
Sold for US$ 242,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Park Soo-Keun (1914-1965) Two figures, dated 1964 Park Soo Keun: Two Figures, framed Park Soo Keun: Two Figures, framed
Lot Details
Korean Art

Property of the Shirley Fockler Living Trust
Park Soo-Keun (1914-1965)
Two figures, dated 1964
Oil on board, framed; depicting two women, dressed in white head scarves and tunics, carrying baskets on their heads as they walk toward the right in an undefined space; the lower right signed Soo-Keun in Hangul, the buff colored surface on the reverse signed in black crayon Park Soo-Keun in Hangul and in English above the date 1964; with the original frame from the time of purchase.
11 5/8 x 8 1/8in (22 x 20.7cm) the board
14 3/8 x 11 1/8in (36.5 x 28.5cm) the frame

Footnotes

  • Two Figures is the fourth Park Sookeun painting to be offered in our San Francisco auctions: the first, Selling by the Roadside, was sold in Bonhams & Butterfield Sale 7584O November 17, 2004, lot 134; the second, Roadside Vendor, was sold in Sale 16096. June 23, 2008, lot 8330. The third, On the Road Home, was sold in sale 18412, December 13, 2010, lot 5302.

    The third painting, On the Road Home, and the present lot, Two Figures, were painted in the same year, 1964, and also share the same history. On the Road Home was owned by the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Melford Rea of Portola Valley California. Mr. Rea, founder of Western Business Publications, began publishing travel information on the Pacific rim in 1957. The owner of Two Figures was a member of his staff. Mr. Rea also served as Vice-President - Publications for the Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA). Mr. and Mrs. Rea, as well as the owner of this painting, traveled to Seoul in 1967 for a PATA conference held there. It was during the trip to Seoul that On the Road Home and Two Figures were purchased.

    This simple composition of two women carrying baskets as they walk to or from the marketplace recurs in a number of Park Soo-keun's later paintings. See, for example, the placement of two dark-haired women carrying baskets above a woman seated in the forground in a 1963 composition, published in Oh Kwangsoo and Yi Guyul, Park Soo-Keun 1914-1965 (Seoul, Chun Jegook, 1995), page 106 (unnumbered, counting from the front). The closest comparison to Two Figures can be found another double-tiered composition from 1964, where two women with white head scarves carry baskets in the foreground below a register of two seated women conversing to the left of two standing children: see Korean Art Appraisal Association, Park Soo-Keun (Seoul, Maronie Books, 2009), cat. no. 54.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Collection Notices

Holiday Closure and Shipping Information:
Bonhams' offices will be closed for the Holiday season from Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. No pick-ups will be available during this time. We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013. If you wish to have your property shipped before our holiday closure, cleared payments and shipping arrangements must be made no later than 5PM on Thursday, December 13th, 2012.

Collection of Property:

To avoid removal and storage charges, all lots marked with a 'W' on your attached bid confirmation must be removed from our San Francisco location by 4:00pm on Wednesday, December 12th.

All 'W' lots (listed in the beginning of our printed catalog under the heading 'Lots to be Removed to Storage) along with all other items purchased, if not removed by the above date (12/12/12), will be transferred to Box Brothers warehouse. Clients can pick up their property at 1471 Doolittle Drive in San Leandro, CA with an appointment made 24 hours in advance. To make an appointment, call +1 (800) 942-6822.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Angela Lee
    Auction Administration - Asian Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3358
    FaxFax: +1 415 503 3300