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 1900 item #1367774 (stock #TCR6546)
The Kura
$550.00
Dark iron glaze covers this late Edo period bulb-shaped Chaire retaining the original Zogei lid wrapped in a brocade bag and enclosed in an age-darkened Kiri-wood box titled Chaire and named Zuiko (Swirl of light). It is 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) tall, slightly larger in diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1367737 (stock #MOR6544)
The Kura
$300.00
A lacquer Natsume Tea Caddy impersonating Shigaraki pottery enclosed in an antique wooden box bound with doe-skin chords. It is rendered in such a way as to look like Shigaraki pottery, however inside is smooth black lacquer and is deceptively light. The lacquer within is finely crackled, evidencing age. A crack in the black lacquer of the rim of the lid seen within does not go through the wood. A very unusual piece, it is roughly 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter, the same height.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1367657 (stock #AMR6543)
The Kura
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Two sets of painted alcove doors remounted onto makimono hand scrolls dated summer of 1864 and signed Miya Denchi, one of a dozen betsu-go (alternative names) of the famed 19th century literati Tanomura Chokunyu. The smaller scroll is total length of 353 cm (11 feet 4 inches), 31 cm (12 inches) wide, painting length 177 cm (70 inches). It is bound in patterned silk and bordered in white satin patterned with dragons among clouds, featuring ivory rollers. The larger scroll is total length 521 c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1367655 (stock #ALR6542)
The Kura
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A monochrome garden scene by Amano Hoko performed with ink on paper in a green cloth border featuringh dark-wood rollers. It is 64 x 207 cm (25 x 81-1/2 inches) and in fine condition, enclosed in a kiri-wood box. Amano Hoko (1824-1894) was born in Iyo, on the Island of Shikoku, Studied initially in Shikooku under Morita Shomin, then went to Kyoto where he learned the art of landcscape painting under the famed Nakabayashi Chikuto. In the third year of Meiji (1871) he went to Shanghai to study ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1367251 (stock #TCR6541)
The Kura
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A sake cup and incense box by Kyoto artists, the cup by Gochiku decorated with a mountain scene by the famous Literati artist Hattori Goro (Gorosanjin), both enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes also endorsed by Goro. The cup is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and both are in fine condition.
Hattori Goro (1869-1930) was a Nanga painter born in Yamagata whose atelier fostered a great many prominent artists of the 20th century including one of my personal favorites Shirakura Jiho. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1367249 (stock #TCR6540)
The Kura
$580.00
An iron ring protrudes from the back for hanging, or it can stand on the flat base. A thick blast of dark ash clings to the front, adding a shine around the rim of this fine 18th century (Edo period) Bizen vessel for use in the tea room. It is 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1900 item #1367248 (stock #MOR6538)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A complete set of blocks to produce the image Beauty in the Rain by Kitagawa Utamaro, bearing the Maruichi mark beside Hitsu after the artist’s Signature. They are roughly 10 x 15 inches (25 x 38 cm) each.
Little is known of Utamaro's life. His work began to appear in the 1770s, and he rose to prominence in the early 1790s with his portraits of beauties with exaggerated, elongated features. He produced over 2000 known prints and was one of the few ukiyo-e artists to achieve fame through...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1960 item #1367135 (stock #TCR6538)
The Kura
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An ivory porcelain by Kato Keizan with the original shiori and wrapping cloth in the original signed wooden box titled “carved handled vase”. The body is carved with ethnic style imagery, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Enclosed is a pamphlet from a shipping company dated 1958, and the vase was given as a gift to commemorate the inauguration of the ship Fuzan-maru. The vase is 11 inches (27.5 cm) tall and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1367088 (stock #TCR6537)
The Kura
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A beautiful Tsutsu-goro incense burner in typical Momoyama Shino décor with a Bekko lid lined with gold covering the irregular rim smoothed out with black lacquer. It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1367087 (stock #TCR6536)
The Kura
$800.00
A Dark glazed Tamba-style vase enclosed in an ancient double wood box titled Kuchu Hanaire. It is 8-1/2 inches 821 cm) tall and in fine condition, wrapped in a silk lined bag.
Kuchu was the name of Honami Koho (1600-1682), a craftsman and grandson of the illustrious Honami Koetsu. This is typical of the style favored by him.
All Items : Fine Art : Prints : Pre 2000 item #1367047 (stock #AFR6535)
The Kura
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“I am here” she whispers as the bespectacled gentleman pours the last drops from his bottle and says “I am going home”…a lithograph by Kei Hiraga numbered 50/120 and signed Key Hiraga ’88 with the artist’s seal in red. The paper sheet, matted and framed, measures 50.5 x 42 cm (20 x 16-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition. This is an superb example of his work, showing both his eros and playful nature in the abstracted figuration for which he is most remembered. Included is ...
All Items : Fine Art : Mixed Media : Pre 2000 item #1367046 (stock #AFR6534)
The Kura
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A striking abstract work in red on silver over textured washi paper embedded with strands of tatami mat by revolutionary artist Hori Kosai signed ‘91 Hori. It is 13 x 23 cm (5 x 9 inches) mounted floating in a modern frame, pigments on hand-made Washi paper. Here is an opportunity to acquire an important abstract Japanese artist as yet entirely unexplored in the west.
Hori Kosai (b. 1947) is a contemporary artist and Lithographer from Toyama prefecture living in Tokyo. He entered the ...
All Items : Artists : Prints : Pre 2000 item #1366978 (stock #AFR6533)
The Kura
$750.00
Abstract fronds like the wide-bladed grasses of Japanese gardens float in black on the pure white ground of this striking composition by revolutionary artist Hori Kosai numbered 21/35 and signed ’93 hori) It is mounted floating in a sealed white wooden frame. The paper is roughly 13 x 15-1/2 inches (33 x 39 cm). Here is an opportunity to acquire an important abstract Japanese artist as yet entirely unexplored in the west.
Hori Kosai (b. 1947) is a contemporary artist and Lithographe...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Shinhanga : Pre 1970 item #1366974 (stock #AFR6532)
The Kura
$280.00
Yoshihara Hideo, “Road of North” 1967 51 x 33 cm (20 x 13 inches). Toning, especially on back. It is matted and enclosed in a wooden frame. Yoshihara Hideo (1931-2007) was born in Hiroshima and graduated High School in industrial Osaka. Coming of age in a time of great societal upheaval, he studied initially under Gutai artist Yoshihara Jiro and was a member the Gutai group of experimental artists when it was founded in 1954 however left in ’55 to join the “Demokrato Artists Asso...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1366934 (stock #MOR6531)
The Kura
$650.00
A Hiji-kake arm rest made of precious Kuwa or Nara wood (mulberry or Japanese Oak) decorated with royal Shichi-go Nobori-Kiri crests in gold maki-e and enclosed in an ancient wooden box. It is 51 cm long, 23 cm tall and in fine condition, with one old scratch in the arm (see photos).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366868 (stock #MOR6529)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A set of three polished mulberry stacking trays decorated with lacquered florals with gold appliqué and gofun signed and stamped by Kamizaka Sekka, Imao Keinen and Takeuchi Seiho and enclosed in the original wooden storage box. All three teachers served as Professors at the Kyoto School of Painting. The trays are 16 x 11 x 2 inches (40 x 28 x 5 cm) to 13 x 9 x 1-1/2 inches (33 x 23 x 6 cm) and are in overall fine condition, bu for some separation at the base due to shrinkage.
Kamisaka ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366846 (stock #MOR6528)
The Kura
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A very unusual bento box in the shape of a chagama kettle for boiling water in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The body is covered in textured matt lacquer resembling the blackened raw iron of the kettle, with ro-iro black on the bottom and vermilion within. It breaks down into five separate pieces, each serving as a dish or bowl. Assembled it is 25 cm (10 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, dating from the Meiji period, and comes in a wooden box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1366845 (stock #AOR6527)
The Kura
$950.00
A child guided by her sister looks in wonder and adoration at newly born chicks as they scatter seeds for the birds to feed on. A wonderful Taisho scene signed Yuho-jo, indicating it was painted by a female artist named Yuho. The pigment on silk scene is wrapped in a strip of gold with a frame of wood lacquered black in a fashion typical of the Taisho to early Showa eras. It measures 79.5 x 146 cm (31-1/4 x 57-1/2 inches) and is in overall fine condition. There is a water stain in the white ...
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 : 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 : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366666 (stock #MOR6522)
The Kura
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A tray in the shape of Mt. Fuji decorated with pines intimating the view from Miho-no-matsubara Pine grove in Shizuioka. The red lacquer of the pine is performed on a burgundy nuno-bari (cloth covered) wooden core. On the left is a signature line dated Keio 3 (1867) and signed by a 62 year old man Shunsei. The bottom is ro-iro black. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the waning days of the Edo period. The tray is 23 x 18 inches (58 x 45 cm) and is in fine condit...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1366590 (stock #MOR5203)
The Kura
$195.00
An offering of flowers and a Buddhist reliquary decorate this beige silk Fukusa hand painted by Kubota Beisen. On the reverse is a plum blossom crest. It is 25-1/2 x 30 inches (64.5 x 77 cm).
Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) was a student of Suzuki Hyakunen, who expanded upon his teachers style with a flare for western techniques, while remaining recognizably Japanese. He helped to establish and taught at the Kyoto School of Painting (Future Kyoto University of Fine Art). He also served as a ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1366516 (stock #MOR6517)
The Kura
$250.00
Overlapping poems on colored silk are decorated with hand written poems by Ema Tenko and two others, about are dyed flowers among which fly embroidered birds. The piece is backed with red crepe silk and is 26 x 27 inches (66 x 68.5 cm). There are minor discolorations in the lower fan.
Ema Tenko (1825-1901) was a Physician and scholar-artist/calligrapher born the sixth son of Confucian scholar. He was adopted by Ema Ryuen, physician in attendance to Ninnaji-no-miya, and pursued Dutch stud...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1366480 (stock #MOR6514)
The Kura
$425.00
A lakeside scene decorates this raw wood “Kobon” Incencse Tray by Tanaka Hakuin enclosed in a custom period wooden box. It is 21-1/2 x 14-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches (55 x 37 x 4 cm). There is a repair in the lower right corner.
Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka. He became one of the prominent disciples of Tanomura Chokunyu in Kyoto at the age of 17 (1883) inheriting the Nanga tradition of Tanomura Chikuden. In 1900, upon marriage, he changed his name to Tanaka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1366479 (stock #MOR6513)
The Kura
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A Paper box (Fubako) and writing box (Suzuri Bako) of raw kiri-wood hand painted by Tanaka Hakuin and enclosed in the original red-lacquered wooden storage box signed and dated Taisho 8 (1919). Inset into the interior of the writing box is a suzuri ink stone and suiteki water dropper. Also included is a hand painted fan and scroll by the artist. The large box is 30 x 37.5 x 13 cm (12 x 15 x 5 inches). The smaller box is 24.5 x 21.5 x 4 cm (10 x 9 x 2 inches).
Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1366433 (stock #ALR6512)
The Kura
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A superb Silk landscape by Akamatsu Unrei enclosed in the original signed double wooden box (niju-bako) titled ChikusoYusei-Ga. The title and style of the buildings indicate this is likely the Yusei retirement home of Iwakura Tomomi in Northern Kyoto, designated a National Historic Site in 1932. A narrow path hedged in soft greens leads to the rustic cluster of buildings with their thatched roofs lost in a sea of bamboo, the scene rising to precipitous mountains afar, a waterway in the distanc...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1366403 (stock #ALR6507)
The Kura
$850.00
Not a soul is visible in this verdant landscape depicted in a distinctly water-color-esque post-war Nihonga style by Shirakura Niho which comes enclosed in a double wood original signed box titled “Yamamura” (mountain Village). The entirety speaks of solitude and serenity, colors shifting from green to yellow and brown indicate the coming hints of autumn and cooler weather. Pigment on silk in a silk border with ivory rollers (they will be changed for export). The scroll is 66 x 144 cm (26...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1366402 (stock #ALR6510)
The Kura
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A skull lies ethereal, only a soft circle before the ghost-like apparition of a grave-marker rising from the boldly stroked dead grasses of some forgotten field. The epitaph above reads:
“Hana no toki mayouta mo” Wavering they did while in full blossom
“Kono Kareno kana” The neglected fields of winter
Here the artist has made a comment on our lives, we blow with the winds here in there, indecisive in our prim, bobbing joyously in the winds, but all come to...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1366365 (stock #ALR6508)
The Kura
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A rush of water descends into mist between the rocky crags tinted with autumns color on this superb silk scroll by Ochi Shokan enclosed in the original signed double wooden box (niju bako) titled Shusei (Voice of Autumn). Top quality, it is mounted in striped silk extended with green and has large solid ivory rollers. The scroll measures 55 x 213 cm (21-1/2 inches x 7 feet). It is in fine condition. Ochi Shokan (1882-1958) was born in Ehime prefecture on the island of Shikoku and studied p...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1366091 (stock #ALR6505)
The Kura
$2,000.00
A Dojin licking Dango-treats dances in erratic dashes of soft wet lines and swift dark strokes of flying white on this vertical presentation by Edo period eccentric Doi Goga. Ink on paper it is 43 x 184.5 cm (17 x 72-1/2 inches) and has been completely remounted in dark silk with bone rollers. The creature clutches the raku-in stamp in his upper hand, the other stamps seem to follow his feet like footsteps. It comes enclosed in an age darkened wooden box. Known as the “Mad monk” Goga had...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1366000 (stock #ALR6504)
The Kura
$800.00
The heart of Japan dominates this scroll by Nomura Seiroku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled “Hotake” (Bountiful Mountain). Impassioned flashes of black like lighting strikes form the dramatic image. Ink on paper in a blue silk border patterned with clouds extended with dark gray and featuring stag horn rollers. It is 52 x 166 cm (20-1/2 x 65 inches) and in excellent condition.
Nomura Seiroku (1916-1995) was born in Yamanashi prefecture, maiden name Ishihara. In 1933...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1365964 (stock #ALR6503)
The Kura
$1,750.00
A skeleton sits among the dried grasses, alone and forgotten, perhaps reflecting on his life in this eerie painting by Buddhist priest Higuchi Ryuon dated Meiji 6 (1873). Ink on paper, it is 41.5 x 179.5 cm (16-1/4 x 70-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition and has been completely remounted in a border of two subtle shades of black with colorful piping and features black lacquered rollers with mother of pearl flakes. It comes in a kiri-wood box.
Higuchi Ryuon (1800-1885) was a priest o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1365619 (stock #MOR6499)
The Kura
$1,650.00
A pair of exquisite footed lacquer boxes covered in ro-iro polished black lacquer with a floral spray in gold starting from the middle of the sides, which opens to a circular window featuring a ferocious shishi male on one in taka-makie, and a stern female shishi with her cub on the other. Both are majestically rendered. Inside gold rims and on bottom the boxes are nashiji powdered ground. They come wrapped in the original cloth and enclosed in a pair of red lacquered men-tori (edged with bla...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1970 item #1364894 (stock #MOR6494)
The Kura
$500.00
A beautiful mid cemtury carved lacquer tray in the Kagawa Lacquer Tradition signed on the base. Chic abbreviated silhouette in a post art-deco vogue with carved abstract designs in various shades of ocher on a polished black ground. It is 26 x 26 x 7 cm (10 x 10 x 2-3/4 inches) and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1364556 (stock #MOR6492)
The Kura
$900.00
A very unusual Iron candle stick decorated in doro-kin gold in the shape of a lotus leaf supplanted by a stalk about which are tied small leaves and buds, an elongated set of petals and a dried lotus seed pod from which protrudes the candle holder. It is roughly 80 cm (32 inches) tall and is in overall fine condition, still bearing the soot of ages in the darkened incense filled hall of a temple.