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 : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1381665 (stock #MOR6763)
The Kura
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An antique Guardian mask used to ward off evil hand carved from a rough slab of hardwood. It is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) tall and in fine condition. Usually hung under the eaves of a house, it shows weathering typical of age. Late 19th to early 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1381664 (stock #TCR6762)
The Kura
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An anonymous Shigaraki Mingei Ishizara multi-purpose basin dating from the early 20th century covered in fissured cream glaze with pale green draping from the rim. Thickly potted, it is 31.5 x 33 x 7 cm (12-1/2 inches diameter, 3 inches tall). On the base is a mark called a Yago, which reads “Yamasa” which would have identified the owner. There is an old loss to the glaze on the rim typical of use (see close-up photo).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1381108 (stock #TCR6761)
The Kura
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A mythical kirin in vibrant color prances on the front of this Iro Nabeshima Vase by Seikosha bearing the kiln mark of crossed pine needles on the base. It is 18 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter, 20.5 cm (8 inches) tall and in excellent condition. This is an early work from Seikosha, dating from the later 19th to opening years of the 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1381107 (stock #MOR5159)
The Kura
$1,450.00
Dark stained bamboo is decorated with inlayed beads of red coral in built up lacquer intimating the bursting fruit of a pomegranate tree enclosed in a box signd by the infamous Zen Priest Nakahara Nantenbo dated Taisho 3 (1914). The age darkened box is titled Koetsu-san Zakuro Sago. The “Ko” in the title indicates this piece was already old when Nantenbo had it in his possession. It is 22 x 5.5 cm (8-1/2 x 2 inches) and is in fine condition.
Nantenbo, (1839-1925 Toju Zenchu), did...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1381106 (stock #MOR5317)
The Kura
$500.00
A spectacular wooden stand encrusted with soot and age containing a set of seto-yaki oil lamps dating from the mid Edo period. From the extension hangs a hinged natural burl at a jaunty angle. The chisel marks still clear in the wood. It may have been used to hold a candle or lamp as pictured, or may also have held an oil dripper, which would have steadily dripped oil into the lamp, constantly replenishing it. The 8 sided base is 10 inches (25 cm) across. Overall the stand is 17 inches (43 cm...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1930 item #1380977 (stock #MOR5269)
The Kura
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Six fluted sides form the petals of a chrysanthemum in the dry lacquer technique. On top is a design of cherry blossoms. Signd beneath, it is 13-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter and in overall fine condition. There are two minor chips to the rim. These can be repaired, please consult.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1380976 (stock #MOR6760)
The Kura
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A very elegant set of 2 art-nouveau influenced black lacquered wooden and metal candle sticks dating from the later Meiji period enclosed in the original wooden box signed Matasai. They are 53 cm (21 inches) tall each and in excellent condition. The first generation Nakamura Matasai(1827-1900) was a student of the Ikkokusai school of lacquer, and his first born son (1868~1919)succeded the family name. It is unclear by timeline to which these may be attributed as they date from the tail end ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1380933 (stock #TCR5241)
The Kura
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An incredible work of florals on gold signed on the base Kutani Kaburagi Sei showing the very best of that regions pottery dating from the Meiji to Taisho period, when quality and craftsmanship was at its peak. It is 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 13 inches (33 c) tall and in overall fine condition. There is a small tori-ashi (birds foot) glaze crack in the bottom but does not leak, and is only visible on the outside bottom.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1380925 (stock #L080)
The Kura
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The full moon rises over a shrine lost in the foliage on a late Autumn night in this scene by Yasuda Hanpo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Pigment on silk in a green silk border patterned with voracious vines typical of Autumn with large ceramic rollers in green and white glaze. It is 18-1/2 x 83 inches (46.5 x 210 cm) and is in overall excellent condition; very faint age spots.
Yasuda Hanpo (1889-1947) was a Nanga artist studied under Mizuta Chikuho and Himejima Chikugai. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1380707 (stock #TCR6759)
The Kura
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An exquisite vessel by Seifu Yohei IV decorated in slight relief under pale green glaze. It is 8-1/4 inches (21 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Seifū Yohei IV (Seizan: 1872-1946), the second son of Seifū Yohei III (1851-1914). He studied literati-style painting under Tanomura Shōsai (1845-1909), a son of Tanomura Chokunyū, in Osaka for three years. In 1914, he succeeded to the head of the family and produced works mostly in his father’s style. He won a number of prizes includi...
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
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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
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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
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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 1960 item #1380302 (stock #Z020)
The Kura
$650.00
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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
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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1380217 (stock #Z005)
The Kura
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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 #1380208 (stock #Z050)
The Kura
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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...