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 : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1364385 (stock #TCR6489)
The Kura
$1,200.00
Flying yellow clings around the sides and underlies the vitrified yellow ash which runs down the front of this unusual open Kame shape from the early to mid Edo period kilns of Echizen. Something dripped during the firing or cooling time in the kiln right onto the front, creating a wonderful if not haphazard focal point of silver gray. The low, out turned rim is very typical of this region. It is 23.5 cm (9-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter, weighing 3.8 kg (8 lbs) and is in excelle...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1364383 (stock #TCR6487)
The Kura
$575.00
Three Seto-yaki monkeys made to fit hand in hand forming a chain for the display of a flower basket or other hanging ornament. Each is roughly 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) long and all are in fine condition.
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 : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1362082 (stock #ALR6473)
The Kura
$500.00
A bucolic scene of a fisherman in grand open scenery by Miyake Kokki mounted in double matting and enclosed in a modern wooden frame. It is stamped on front and back, with the date Year 17, 11th month 8th day (November 8 1943) and the place Uji-gawa (Uji River south of Kyoto). The paper canvas is 19.5 x 13.5 cm (7-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches). Originally taken from an album, there is a crease down the middle and toning to the paper typical of age.
Miyake Kokki (1874-1954) was born in Tokushima,...
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 : 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 : 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 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 : 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 : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1357122 (stock #MOR6424)
The Kura
$950.00
A natural branch of dark root-wood in the form of a reishi mushroom lovingly polished and preserved. It is 14 inches (35.5 cm) long and in excellent condition.
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 #1356272 (stock #ANR6412)
The Kura
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Mt. Fuji looms over the dark spotted ink landscape by Kishi Ganku painted on six broad panels of applied gold. The screen is 142 x 370 cm (56 x 145-1/2 inches). It has been completely restored utilizing the original frame and antique textiles for the borders. At that time several areas of damage gathered over the last two centuries were repaired without over-painting. Ink on applied gold foil, in a border of black silk patterned with pine boughs matching the pines on the scene but separated ...
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355717 (stock #MOR6410)
The Kura
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A smoking set of hardwood and silver which has been decorated all about with feathers in lacquer. It is roughly a perfect 20 cm (8 inch) cube. Everything about it speaks of top quality. The wood is an imported hardwood, from the rosewood family. Two silver hooks swing out in front to hold the gold, silver and shakudo pipe. The top is decorated with plum blossoms around an intricate brazier cover. A silvered handle on top allows for easy carriage, secured to the sides with silver feathers. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355481 (stock #ALR6407)
The Kura
$650.00
An enso Zen circle encompassing nothing and everything, by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). It would seem the verse by Shoun is a famous epithet from the eccentric Sengai. Kore wo kuute, oncha maire Here he is viewing the full moon as a botamochi rice cake and inviting one to eat this and enjoy a cup of tea. Ink on paper in a silk border with black lacquer rollers. The scroll is 62.2 x 119.5 cm (24-1/2 x 47 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355420 (stock #ALR6406)
The Kura
$600.00
A single stroke of ink forms a writhing dragon on this Zen scroll by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a rough silk border with wood rollers dated Taisho 9 (1920). It is 44 x 196 cm (17-1/2 x 77 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa. After a brief period at Empukuji in Kyoto, he moved to Yokohama and received inka from ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #1354600 (stock #MOR5366)
The Kura
$800.00
A bowl made up entirely of a natural growth of mushrooms dried and darkened with age enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Zuishibabon and annotated by Scholar/artist Yamanaka Shintenno. It is 26 x 22 x 7 cm (10-1/2 x 9 x 3 inches). The inside of the box lid is dated the Second Month of Meiji 9 (1876) and signed Shintenno. There are minor dings and chips to the dried edges of the mushrooms.
Yamanaka Shinteno(1822-1885)He was a feudal soldier & poet,born in Mikawa province.He stud...