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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1930 item #1368990 (stock #MOR6581)
The Kura
$950.00
Four antique combs with matching hair pins made of wood and or bekko covered in gold lacquer with maki-e designs enclosed in sarasa-cloth-bound boxes dating from the opening years of the 20th century, from the end of the Meiji to the early Showa years. Two of the combs are signed by the lacquer artist who created them. The combs are roughly 8.5 to 9.5 cm (3-1/4 to 3-3/4 inches) long each. The Kogai are 13 to 16 cm long (5 to 6-1/4 inches) each, and all are in quite good condition.
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 : Pre 1920 item #1368925 (stock #MOR6579)
The Kura
$800.00
A carrying box with bamboo handle consisting of four lift-out-doored compartments and three drawers for storing the utensils used in Sencha steeped tea. The doors and drawers are inset with panels of Kuro-gaki, a hardwood prized for it’s exquisite grain configurations. Late Meiji to Taisho period, early 20th century. The box is 41 x 17 x 41 cm (16 x 7 x16 inches) and is in overall fine condition. There are some dark stains on the top right corner consistent with a wet tea cup.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #1368831 (stock #MOR6578)
The Kura
sold, thank you!
Koma Inu Shrine guardians decorate this unusually vivid Ako carpet dating from the early 20th century. The color combination is quite striking, especially when held up to the more standard subdued works typical of Ako. It is 95 x 195 cm (37-1/2 x 77 inches) and is in stunning condition. We found this wrapped in paper in the attic of a Kyoto home which had been sealed off during renovations in the 1950s. With a relatively small quantity produced within the rather short history of Japanese car...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1368830 (stock #MOR6577)
The Kura
$1,600.00
A ghoulish character from the Otsu-e pantheon, the Oni no Nenbutsu, a devil in priests robes, stands grinning, hammer in one hand to bang his bell and a ledger in the other in which are noted all the peoples sins. His glass eyes pierce through the soul, inspiring fear wherever he goes. This figure is carved of wood and covered in clear lacquer with light use of gold and red. It is 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) tall, signed on the back by the artist and dated 1927. There is a crack partway down the r...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1368710 (stock #MOR6576)
The Kura
Sold, thank you!
A serene image of the standing Buddha Amida (Amithaba) on a blossoming lotus base behind which sprouts leaves and a halo of rays. He stands with hands held in the Upper and Lower birth Mudra position indicating rebirth in the upper realm of Western Paradise. The glass eyes and tranquil expression welcome all into his ranks. 19th century (late Edo to Meiji period), it is 21 inches (53 cm) in total tall, the figure itself 12 inches (30 cm), and is in fine 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 : Pre 1900 item #1368609 (stock #MOR6574)
The Kura
$1,750.00
A life-like mask of a deity dating from the 19th century (Meiji period) carved of wood covered in red with thick beard and fierce countenance, bulging veins, furrowed brow and glass eyes. It is decidedly realistic, not that I have ever met a mountain god face to face before, but imagine if I did, he would look like this! It is 24 x 19.5 cm (9-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches), lacquered black on the inside.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1368568 (stock #MOR6572)
The Kura
$2,000.00
Bristly hair sprouts from the furrowed brow chin and beak of this Edo period Tengu demon mask carved from a block of wood and covered in green with gilded gold eyes. 22 x 19 x 18.5 cm (8-3/4 x 7-1/2 x 7-1/4 nches). This is also very similar to the mask of Karura, one of the attendants of kannon.
Karasu Tengu are mountan-forest goblins who are said to be masters of the martal arts and fgure prominently in many Japanese folk tales. The patron of martial arts, the bird-like Tengu is a ski...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1368530 (stock #TCR6571)
The Kura
$850.00
Sale Pending
A very rare okimono of a boy with a hand sickle and a basket on his back (which could serve as a vase) by Nakamura Shuto enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shibakari Bokudo Okimono (Object of a Servant Boy Cutting Branches). It is 9 x 5 x 6 inches (22 x 12 x 16 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Nakamura Shuto I (1865-1928) was born the son of famous Kaga potter of Daishoji Temple Nakamura Shigeichiro from whom, along with Takeuchi Ginshu from the age of 12, he initially s...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1368469 (stock #TCR6570)
The Kura
$650.00
Dark glaze covers this vase by Miyanaga Tozan with resist-characters written by Iba Teigo Sadatake and signed with his pen-name Yu-o dated 1926. Boldly emblazoned are the characters “Age 80” followed by the grass script characters Fuku-Ju-nari (Longevity and Prosperity), indicating this may have been in commemoration of his 80th birthday (by Asian calendar, where you begin life in your first year). A very rare work enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 10 inches (25 cm) tall a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1368412 (stock #ALV6569)
The Kura
$450.00
An Enso circle containing the characters Shogen Ka-Kaku Nari (In the Pine Pavilion, Flowers and Cranes Flourish) by Zen priest and famed calligrapher Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the orignal signed wooden box. The ink on paper image is enclosed in a green silk border extended with beige terminating in black lacquered wooden rollers. It is 18 x 47 inches (45.5 x 120 cm). For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1368411 (stock #TCR6568)
The Kura
sold, thank you!
A Deep Tsutsu Chawan Tea Bowl emblazoned with the Zen Phrase Take Okosu Seifu (Bamboo rouses pure wind), dating from the 1930s by Zen Priest Kutsu Deiryu. It is 4 inches (10 cm) diameter, 3-3/4 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still rec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1368240 (stock #AMR6567)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A later Edo period hand scroll featuring the Kusozu (9 stages of decomposition) as seen through the eyes of her lovers and fans as she slowly becomes one again with the earth. This type of imagery is, of course, Buddhist in orgin, and was used to nail home the idea of impermanence and the ills of vanity. This has been completely remounted sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century. Old damage and wormholes were repaired at the time, without overpainting. Bound in green silk with a purpl...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #1368239 (stock #MOR6566)
The Kura
sold, thank you!
A gourd with elaborate bung in the shape of a mushroom cluster carried in a silk chord pouch and enclosed in a wooden box annotated by Zen priest Hashimoto Dokuzan and dated the third month of 1936. The mottled body is beautifully colored for autumn in bowns. It is roughly 7 inches (17.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Hashimoto Dokuzan (Gengi, 1869-1938) was born in Niigata, and was sent to Kyoto at the age of 16 to study painting and philosophy under Tomioka Tessai. At the age o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1368163 (stock #MOR6564)
The Kura
$495.00
A pair of lacquered and gilded five pronged candle stands in the shape of three paulownia leaves (symbol of Imperial power) dated 10th day of the 7th month of Bunkyu 2 (1862). They appear to have been donated for the 27th anniversary of some event by Kobayashi Yasaemon. They are 30.5 x 7 x 32 cm (12 x 2-3/4 x 12-1/2 inches) each. There are losses to the lacquer and gilding, the wood is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1368162 (stock #MOR6563)
The Kura
sold, thank you!
A bronze koro in the shape of a snail with the top of the shell removable to reveal a compartment for burning incense. 13 cm (5 inches) long, it comes on a rosewood base and dates from the 19th to early 20th century.