On March 18, Christie's will present The Ten Signs of Long Life: The Robert Moore Collection, a single owner sale of 120 works of exceptional Korean ceramics, lacquers, paintings, and sculptures. Thoughtfully acquired over the past twenty years, The Robert Moore Collection ranks among the most important collections of Korean art and this sale follows two successful previous sales – in October 1986, Christie’s first-ever sale of Korean Art in New York, and the other in March 2006.
Robert Moore is one of America’s most notable Korean art collectors. His passion started in the mid 1950’s when he served in the US Army and was stationed in Korea. When he returned home, he was still captivated by his experiences of Korea, especially of the people and the land. He set about learning the art business without going to college or taking courses in art history. His collecting journey took him to auction rooms, galleries, antique stores and collectors’ homes, an experience he has always enjoyed. He became more knowledgeable about Korean art and culture, turning into a catalyst in his ability to expand and educate fellow colleagues, scholars, and institutions.
Among the highlights of the sale are a Joseon dynasty oxhorn-applied accessory box (Hwagak haem) (estimate: $60,000-70,000), a Joseon dynasty porcelain Jar with the Ten Signs of Long Life (Shipjaengseng) (estimate: $40,000-60,000), and a 19th-century ten-panel screen, adorned with battle scenes and archaistic seals (estimate: $100,000-150,000).