The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their patience during the last few months since the Kumamoto Earthquake. Robert has been working with disaster relief group IDRO Japan in the earthquake affected areas of Kumamoto, and this has caused some delays in listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. For more on these efforts see IDRO Japan on Facebook.
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1356114 (stock #MOR6416)
The Kura
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A carved wooden figure covered in translucent red lacquer representing the Jolly Saint Hotei (Putai) holding an incense burner in one hand. It is 54 x 32 x 27 cm, (21 x 12-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with some losses to the lacquer around the bottom typical of age and use. Across his back is written:
Asa Okishi (Wake in the morning)
Fuku Wo Fukuro Ni Tori-irete (Add Fortune to the Sack)
Nochi Yasuraka ni Nemuru (Sleep Again)
Gokuraku (Paradise...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1356979 (stock #TCR6421)
The Kura
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An important figure of the protector deity Kannon in raw clay and celadon glaze by Suwa Sozan 1 enclosed in the original signed wooden box annotated by Takeda Mokurai, priest of Kenninji Temple, attesting to the fact this piece was exhibited in his posthumous exhibition of works held at Kenninji in 1925, drawing on pieces from the personal collections of close friends and compatriots in the Literati world, including Mokurai himself and Tomioka Tessai (A copy of the catalog page is included). Th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1357855 (stock #ANR6435)
The Kura
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A very rare screen depicting a unit of Japanese soldiers charging the walls at the battle of Pyongyang during the Sino Japanese War (1894-1895). Mineral pigments on silk mounted on gold in the original black lacquered wooden frame. It is 171.5 x 189 cm (67.5 x 74.5 inches) and in overall fine condition with some foxing visible mostly in the whites. The back has been re-covered, retaining the original description of the scene and the circumstances surrounding the war which covers one panel fro...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1361315 (stock #MOR6460)
The Kura
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Giant silver plum flowers burst open like fireworks from eratic silver branches on the pink ground of this exquisite Bunko storage box by Takamura Hyokei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It measures 25 x 30 x 13 cm (10 x 12 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition. It comes wrapped in the original silk cloth stamped by the artist inside the original kiri-wood storage box signed by both the lacquer artist and the craftsman Jitaku who crafted the wooden base.
From Kanazawa, Tak...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1361367 (stock #AOR6461)
The Kura
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A view of Gyeongbok Palace Royal Library (Jipokjae) by Kaneko Tamotsu exhibited at the 2nd Teiten National Exhibiton in Taisho 9 (1920). Oil on canvas in the original gilt-frame. The frame is 113 x 140 x 7.5 cm (44-1/2 x 55 x 3 inches); the canvas is 91 x 117 cm (36 x 46 inches). There is some loss to the oils from time.
Kaneko Tamotsu (1891-1981) was born in Mishima-gun, Niigata prefecture, and entered the Tokyo Gaidai (Universtiy of Languages) in the Spanish program, however transfer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1361580 (stock #ANR6467)
The Kura
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A tall screen titled “Yubae” depicting trees before a high skyline of mountains by Muto Akira in thick pigments exhibited at the 1960 Nitten National Exhibition. Yubae is a word which describes the quality of light reflecting off of something from the setting sun. This style of heavy textures is typical of Nihonga in the mid-century, a brief era lasting for only about a decade when Nihonga artists were reaching out for new styles following the Second World War. It is published in the Nitt...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1368926 (stock #MOR6580)
Bamboo rises majestically enwrapping the bodies of this matching Suzuri-bako and Bunko set dating from the Taisho to early Showa enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes. Inside, on a ground of polished black, thatched farmhouses in gold, lead and mother of pearl take us out to a bucolic past where time moved more slowly. Each is signed inside the lid Mitsuyoshi-saku. The Bunko is 42.5 x 35.5 x 15.5 cm (17 x 14 x 6 inches) and retains the original inner tray. The Suzuri-ba...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1370234 (stock #MOR6615)
A fine wakizashi in exquisite varied lacquer and nashiji saya with wave patterned fittings, the blade in a Shirasaya wrapped in purple silk. The tang is signed Kunimasa. The blade and mounts are in fine condition. Tokyo license 71336, Showa 30.
blade length: 39.4 cm
sori:0.8 cm
motohaba:2.4 cm
motokasane: 0.7 cm
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1370156 (stock #MOR6614)
The Kura
$4,000.00
A fine wakizashi in saya of crushed aogai shell in lacquer with engraved silver fittings adorned with a family crest wrapped with matching Kozuka. Kyoto license number 59007 Heisei 9.
blade length: 38.9 cm
sori:0.7 cm
motohaba:2.4 cm
motokasane: 0.6 cm It is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1368658 (stock #ANR6575)
The Kura
$3,500.00
An unusual tall two panel scene of a kiln climbing up the hillside, firewood stacked in front ready to fire Signed Mitsutaro and exhibited at the 17th Inten National Exhibition in 1930. Titled Nobori-gama, it is published on page 488 of the 6th volume of the Inten Hyakunen-shi. Pigment on paper, it is 68 x 73 inches (173 x 186 cm). There are humidity stains and some minor loss to the pigments. Originally a pair, only one remains.
Ishimoto Mitsutaro (Kotaro) was born in Tokyo in 1890, s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1368531 (stock #SAR5292)
The Kura
$3,250.00
A Dragon is hand hammered in relief on this side plate (Sei-ita) from a suit of armor. From the lower edge are suspended five rows of hon-kozane scales gilded with gold. It is 22 inches (56 cm) long in total, the iron plate 11 x 9 inches (28 x 22 cm). The cloth is in delicate condition. 17th century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1366364 (stock #TCR6506)
The Kura
$3,200.00
A Bizen Sake Flask with silver spout dating from the first half of the 16th century (Momoyama to early Edo periods) in an old wooden box annotated by Katsura Matasaburo (1901-1986), a scholar who specialized in research on the Rokkoyo or Six Ancient Kilns (Echizen, Seto Tokoname, Shigaraki, Tamba and Bizen) and published nearly 50 books and treatises on the subject between 1931 and 1983. This very unusual piece is slab-formed with a wood grain texture, made to look like a worn wooden box, with a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1357349 (stock #AOR6424)
The Kura
$2,500.00
An abstract oil painting by Fujinami Akira dated 1961 in very thick hues of yellow brown and green on canvas. It is signed Akira Fouji ’61, and on back is the artists full name and date in Japanese. The canvas comes mounted in a recycled period wooden frame. The canvas is 45.5 x 38 cm (18 x 15 inches) the frame is 65 x 58 x 7.5 cm (25-1/2 x 23 x 3 inches).
Fujinami Akira was born in Kyoto in 1934, and graduated the Kyoto Gakugeidagaku (mod. University of Education or Kyoiku Daigaku) ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1366667 (stock #MOR6523)
The Kura
$2,500.00
A set of near-life-sized antique gilded wood lotuses in bronze vases, the stems still wrapped in paper revealing shimmering gold beneath. The bronze vases feature small bronze shishi lions for handles. They stand as pictured roughly 30 inches (77 cm)tall and are in overall fine condition, with oxidation to the bronze typical of age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1370979 (stock #TCR6620)
The Kura
$2,500.00
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A Ninsei image of a bearded courtier leaning against an armrest in white robes decorated with winged crests by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The upper part of the body lifts off to reveal the incense chamber. Outside the box is titled Koro, Inside is written Ninsei Jinbutsu-Kon (Opening Ninsei Figure) and signed A relic remaining by the 75 year old man followed by the signature of the second generation. Kozan I died at the age of 75. It is 7 inches (18...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366785 (stock #MOR6526)
The Kura
$2,400.00
An exquisitely lacquered kaiseki dinner set for five persons consisting of three types of bowls with lids (5 each), five trays, a pot for liquids with lid, a rice container with lid and rice spoon, each piece decorated with an assortment of feathers. The rice pot has mellowed to a rich chocolate brown, a reaction in the lacquer to heat. The trays are 12 inches (30 cm) wide each. Overall the set is in excellent condition; however there are cracks in the surface of two trays (see close-up photo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1363909 (stock #TCR6476)
The Kura
$2,300.00
A 17th century (Momoyama to Early Edo period) Kiseto koro incense burner with silvered bronze lid enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box titled in red lacquer Kiseto Marukoi Koro. A deeply incised line about the center allows the glaze to pool and waft in green clouds from it. The low base shows clearly within where it had been stacked on another piece during firing. It is 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1369598 (stock #MOR6603)
The Kura
$2,200.00
An exquisite set of 4 lacquered tea ceremony implements reminiscent of Sahari-do, a highly prized silver-bronze alloy, but made entirely in the dried lacquer (Kanshitsu) technique and covered in powdered metal by Yamanaka Nuri-shi Maehata Gaho enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gin-tamari Kaigu. The set consists of a Mizusashi fresh water container with lid, Kensui spent water container, Shakudate water scoop container and a futa-oke lid rest. The Mizusashi is 7 inches (17 cm) d...