The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
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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 : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1380545 (stock #AOR6758)
The Kura
$850.00
Pines in rich pigments march down the page on this card by Kamisaka Sekka painted over silk gilded with genuine gold. It is 9-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches (24 x 27 cm). There are marks around the edges typical of handling.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings. From 1882 he began his artistic career, however did not take-off until visiting the Paris Expo in 1901, where he was exposed t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1380443 (stock #TCR5095)
The Kura
$2,200.00
Sale Pending
White wisteria (fuji in Japanese) drape from the gilded rim of this Kutani vase signed from the pre-eminent Kaburaki (Kaburagi) studio dating from the opening of the 20th century. The imagery is exquisitely performed with over-glaze enamels on a pastel gray ground. The vase is large at 13 inches (33.5 cm) tall, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition, with some wear to the gold rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1380442 (stock #TCR6757)
The Kura
$1,375.00
Sale Pending
A cobalt landscape unfolds around the four sides of this porcelain vase made by Miura Chikusen and decorated by Mori Kinseki enclosed in the original double wood box dated 1919 and signed by both artists. It is 36 cm (14 inches) tall, 8.5 cm (3-1/4 inches) square and in excellent condition, retaining the original rose-wood base.
Mori Kinseki (1843-1921) was born the third son in a family of Inn owners in the hotsprings town of Arima, Hyogo prefecture. At the age of three he was sent away...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1380401 (stock #L084)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Ink on paper in silk border with bone rollers enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The scroll is 18 x 81 inches (46 x 206 cm) and is in overall fine condition with light foxing.
Mizuta Chikuho (1884 - 1958) was an important Osaka born painter of the nanga school trained under Himejima Chikugai. Along with Tajika Chikuson and Yamada Kaido helped to establish the Nihon Nanga-in. He exhibited there as well as the Teiten/Bunten National Exhibitions where he would also serve as a jud...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1380350 (stock #Z057)
The Kura
sold, thank you
The Poem reads Muttoshhite kaeredo Mon no Yanagi Kana. Open to interpretation, I would think "I return in silence greeted by the Willow at the gate".Ink on paper in a silk border 12 x 80 inches (31 x 203 cm), minor wrinkles, enclosed in a period wooden box.
Mamiya Eishu (1871-1945)entered the priesthood at the age of nine at Ryutakuji Temple under the training of the priest Tengan. 13 years later he was sent to one of the main temples, Tenryu-ji, in Kyoto to study under Gasan Shotei. A...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1380349 (stock #L021)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Landscape by Zen Priest Takeda Ekishu An ink landscape by Zen priest Takeda Eksihu, ink on paper in a brocade border with black lacquered rollers. It is 18 x 78 inches (46 x 198 cm) and is in excellent condition. It is enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated to his 79th year. Takeda Ekishu (1896-1989) was born in Oita prefecture, on the Southern Island of Kyushu. He entered the priesthood at the age of 9 in Zuihoji temple. He would study under Takeda Mokurai, from whom he would...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1380302 (stock #Z020)
The Kura
$650.00
Sale Pending
Perfect for the Spring season, a torrent of water by the arm-less Nun Oishi Junkyo enclosed in a signed wooden box. Ink on paper with light color accents, in a silk border with dark wood rollers. It is 22-1/2 x 54 inches (57.5 x 137 cm) and in fine condition.
Junkyo’s life is a triumph over tragedy. Born into a low family, she was sent to a tea house where she became an apprentice Geisha. In a famous incident, the Tea House owner in a drunken rage murdered 5 of the Geisha, and cut off ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1380242 (stock #L008)
The Kura
$495.00
Sale Pending
A bucolic scene of a farmer carrying away water from a spring, pigment on silk in a blue patterned silk border extended with beige and featuring wooden rollers. It is 64.5 x 140 cm (24-1/2 x 55 inches) and in fine condition, enclosed in a wooden box. This is part of a large collection of paintings from a Kyoto house close to literati circles in the Meiji to early Showa eras.
Yokoyama Shunkei (1900-1979) was a Nanga artist from Gifu studied under Tanabe Chikuson, and this painting certain...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1380218 (stock #L007)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Pigment on silk in the original silk border with solid ivory rollers enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 25-1/2 x 86 inches (64.5 x 219 cm). Some minor marks, but overall very presentable. The rollers will be changed if exporting.
Hirai Baisen (1889-1969) graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Fine Arts and was a regular exhibitor with the Bunten from 1907-1931. Having worked in any number of styles, he was a true Jiyu-gakka who excelled in the early years of his career. However he...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1380217 (stock #Z005)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Gold on paper enclosed in a silk border suitable to the tea room or temple. 23 x 47 inches (58.5 x 118 cm) in overall fine condition. Oishi Junkyo’s life is a triumph over tragedy. Born into a low family, she was sent to a tea house where she became an apprentice Geisha. In a famous incident, the Tea House owner in a drunken rage murdered 5 of the Geisha, and cut off both of Junkyo’s arms. She survived. Becoming then a teller of stories and singer, she one day saw a bird feeding her yo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1380213 (stock #Z058)
The Kura
sold, thank you
An image of the lucky hammer and a mouse, both symbols of good fortune, signed an 80 year old Nantenbo. Ink on paper, remounted and restored revealing old damage. 27 x 57 inches (68 x 144 cm). It comes in a modern Kiri-wood box.
Nakahara Nantenbo, (Toju Zenchu, 1839-1925), did not start painting in earnest until he was already more than 65 years old. Despite this relatively advanced age he was one of the most productive and important Zenga artists in the Meiji/Taisho era and without a ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1380208 (stock #Z050)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Bright moon, Ink on paper in a paper frame with bamboo rollers in an old wood box annotated as belonging to the Asai family. It is 16 x 80 inches (41 x 203 cm). Moisture has loosened the mounting. Remounting can be arranged if desired.
Yamamoto Gempo (1866-1961) was born to a poor family in Wakayama at the end of the Edo period, he was left to die of exposure as a baby, but was found by a stranger and adopted into the childless Okamoto family. This was an auspicious start to a violent a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1380142 (stock #MOR6756)
The Kura
$800.00
Each covered bowl in this Meiji period set is uniquely decorated by the artist Tanaka Ikka, red and or transparent-red lacquer over powdered silver. Breathtaking, haunting, they glow with that soft color only age brings out in silver. On the bowls and lids are depicted Geese and grasses, Chickens, Horse and gourd (from the story of Chokwaro), iris and bridges (from Yatsuhashi in the Tales of Ise), and a lobster. Each scene is uniquely signed by the artist. Each bowl is 5 inches (13 cm) diame...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1920 item #1380097 (stock #MOR6755)
The Kura
$800.00
An square box made from an assortment of unusual Saya designs set between rosewood and containing a porcelain pot which would have contained ash and coals for lighting the pipe, and a covered bamboo tube for tapping out the pip. It s 6 x 6 x 4 inches (16.5 x 17 x 10 cm) and is in excellent condition. As traditional swords were converted to modern military mounts from the Meiji period on, the fancy and original old-world sword fittings became useless, and sometimes were saved by re-purposing th...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1380072 (stock #L060)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Cooling off by Yasuda Hanpo, pigment on silk in a silk border patterned with pine needles with bone rollers enclosed in the original signed wooden box. 29 x 54 inches (73.5 x 136 cm) and in fine condition with some insect marks in the upper right corner of the border. Yasuda Hanpo (1889-1947) was a Nanga artist studied under Mizuta Chikuho and Himejima Chikugai. He was first accepted into the Bunten in Taisho 6 (1918) and was steadily accepted throughout his life. From 1922 he also participa...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1380070 (stock #L024)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A large rural landscape by Yasuda Hanpo enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated Summer 1928. Ink and light color on silk in brocade mounting with large ivory rollers. It is 56 x 202 cm (22 x 79-1/2 inches) and in fine condition, toning and faint foxing typical of age. The ivory rollers will be changed if exporting. Yasuda Hanpo (1889-1947) was a Nanga artist studied under Mizuta Chikuho and Himejima Chikugai. He was first accepted into the Bunten in Taisho 6 (1918) and was steadily ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1380069 (stock #TCR6754)
The Kura
$780.00
Ebisu and Daikoku, gods of fortune and wealth, ebullient in their task, pound out rice cakes in unglazed-porcelain miniature. The quality is superb, and each wears a serene expression, emenating joy. They are 5-1/2 x 6 x 7 inches (14 x 15 x 18 cm) and in prefect condition dating from the Meiji period, late 19th to early 20th century. Likely unglazed Kutani.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1380068 (stock #TCR6753)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A complex landscape wraps around and climbs up this exquisite porcelain vase by Daimaru Hokuho dating from the early to mid 20th century. It is 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in excellent condition. There is no box.
Hokuho would have been rated in the top 10 porcelain artist of Kyoto, along with Suwa Sozan, Ito Suiko, Ito Tozan, Miyanaga Tozan, Takahashi Dohachi, Seifu Yohei, Kiyomizu Rokubei, Miura Chikusen and Kiyomizu Zoroku, all artists active from the Meiji through the early Showa eras...