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 : 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 : 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
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1379728 (stock #MOR6751)
The Kura
$1,800.00
An antique box inlayed with the hundreds of Manjirushi; Buddhist symbol of infinity, in fine mother of pearl. It is 8 x 5 x 5 inches (20 x 13 x 13 cm) and comes in an old black lacquered wooden box. There are many old repairs, attesting to its great age, likely hailing from the 17th century. The interior, where tea implements were likely stored, has been re-lacquered in some distant age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1379558 (stock #MOR4800)
The Kura
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A large Edo period image of a seated priest in polychromed robes, his glass eyes half lidded, staring silently down in meditation. It is roughly 2 feet (60 cm) tall, 15 inches wide and in good original condition. 18th to 19th century made in the yosegi style of multiple pieces of wood, there is some separation over the right arm, and loss to the polychrome on his brightly colored Kesa. I believe it is likely Shoran Shonin.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1379557 (stock #MOR4800)
The Kura
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A large Edo period image of a seated priest in polychromed robes, his glass eyes half lidded, staring silently down in meditation. It is roughly 2 feet (60 cm) tall, 15 inches wide and in good original condition. 18th to 19th century made in the yosegi style of multiple pieces of wood, there is some separation over the right arm, and loss to the polychrome on his brightly colored Kesa. I believe it is likely Shoran Shonin.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1379254 (stock #ALR6748)
The Kura
$1,200.00
Autumn colors by Goto Shiro in thick pigment on silk in a superb patterned-silk frame with solid ivory rollers. It comes in the original signed wooden box with a Futo-maki rolling bar titled Yudonoyama Banshu (Late Autumn at Mt. Yudono). This is representational of Nihonga in the 1950s, a time when artists were seeking a new direction, breaking with the past and expanding the limits of the medium. It is 25-1/2 x 86 inches (65 x 218 cm) and in fine condition. Goto Shiro (1924-1992) was born...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1379253 (stock #ALR6747)
The Kura
$1,400.00
An image of Mt. Hie by Shirakura Niho in superb mounting enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Anyone who has been to Kyoto will know this majestic mountain rising up in the Northeast of the city, guardian of the Ki-mon (devils gate), the direction from which demons are said to come. This is signed with his later art name Kanyu, and is very similar to his submission to the 9th Nitten National Exhibition by the same name in 1953. A nearly identical scene is also published in the 1961 Eng...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1379219 (stock #TCR4816)
The Kura
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A very unusual shallow basin from the Sendai area kilns of Tsutsumi covered in a thick olive glaze shouldered with freckled white. Six rods supported the piece in the kiln, and they are still visible within along with a large kutsuki of brick red clay. It is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) deep and in fine condition. More common Tsutsumi bowls are either deeper, by a couple of inches, or more shallow in the traditional Ishi-zara style. This piece dates from the early 2...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1379218 (stock #TCR6746)
The Kura
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Ame-yu graces the rough textured clay of this large Mingei platter from Aizu in the Northern reaches of Japan on the border between Fukushima and Yamagata. Often mistakenly identified as Tamba due to the similarity in the coloring of this particular glaze, the underlying granular white clay gives it away. About the rim is a ring of fire-colored tendrils trapped in a groove, an interesting added feature. It is 31.5 cm (12-1/2 inches) diameter and dates from the later 19th century. There are som...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1492 item #1379154 (stock #MOR6745)
The Kura
$580.00
A 7th to 8th century Japanese Roof Tile excavated and converted into an ink stone by carving out a grinding surface in the center, likely performed in the edo period when such things were in fashion. Traces of color where ivy had once decorated the exposed surface are still visible, and one might only imagine the palace from which such an ostentatious tile might have come. It is 25 x 20 cm (10 x 8 inches) with an arched form rising 5 cm (2 inches) to the center. It is created using a cloth m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1378639 (stock #AOR6744)
The Kura
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An incredible Kawabari gomaido Gusoku exhibited at the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History and published in the catalog “Kaga Hyakumankoku e no Michi”. It features a 12 plate so-fukurin helmet in black lacquer with wakidate of horns covered in fur. The neck is protected by a 5 plate hineno Shikoro covered in shibokawa leather with prominent fukigaeshi emblazoned with a mitsudomoe crest (repeated on the leather of the Do, Gyoyo and Gessan). There are some losses to the leather on the lo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1378638 (stock #ANR6743)
The Kura
$4,800.00
Edo period cloth swatches completely cover the two panels of this attractive antique screen assembled originally in Meiji 25 (1892) from a collection of ancient textiles. The screen is 56 inches x 5 feet tall (142 x 152.5 cm) and is in excellent condition, recently re-backed and retains the original shunkei-nuri auburn lacquered frame. Inside the frame (we discovered when re-backing) is written: Finished on the 23rd day of the 4th month of Meiji 25 (1892) by Hyogushi (craftsman) Iguchi Seisa...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1378528 (stock #TCR6742)
The Kura
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3 unique Okimono of Oshidori (mandarin ducks) in various positions, early works by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI. They are (standing and sleeping) 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) long, (sleeping and sleeping) 8 inches (20 cm) long, (single) 6 inches (15.5 cm) long. All are in fine condition. These come from the Kiyomizu Family Estate. There is no box. The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyoto’s Gojozaka district throughout the second half of the Edo period. From the M...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1378527 (stock #TCR6741)
The Kura
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Vivid florals patterns decorate and pierce the surface of this exquisite bowl by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, enclosed in a modern wooden box.
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyoto’s Gojozaka district throughout the second half of the Edo period. From the Meiji they began producing tableware for export and special pieces for government-sponsored exhibitions under Rokubei IV. Rokubei V led ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1378503 (stock #TCR6740)
The Kura
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5 Chawan Tea Bowls for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony made by Kiyomizu Rokubei V and VI and decorated by various artists.
Millet colored bowl by Rokubei V with a Tetsu-e verse by his friend and painting teacher Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942).
Pale color bowl by Rokkubei V and Priest Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945)
Raku bowl by Rokubei V emblazoned with the characters Ji-Etsu (translatable as Self-determination or for ones own pleasure) dated S. 26 (1951).
Snow by Rokubei VI
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1378261 (stock #TCR3063)
The Kura
$1,800.00
A large and unusual Raku hand warmer (Shuro) in the shape of a monkey Charm (sarubobo) by important Kyoto artist Kiyomizu Rokube IV (Rokuko, 1847-1920) dated from the last year of his life enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Sarubobo is a Mingei Monkey Charm from the Gifu area, here recreated in the low-fired Raku pottery tradition of Kyoto and seated on the original silk pillow. The walls of this unusual piece of Raku-ware are more than 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) thick, making it quite stur...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1378232 (stock #TCR6738)
The Kura
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Young pines, a symbol of celebration, strength, fertility and longevity, decorate this large baluster form vessel by Kiyomizu Rokubei IV. It is 12 inches (31 cm) tall. There is a slight firing flaw in the rim. This is from the Kiyomizu Family Estate. There is no box.
Kiyomizu Rokubei IV (1848-1920) was born the first son of Rokubei III and headed the family kiln from 1883-1913.He studied painting in the Shijo manner under Shiiokawa Bunrin and had a brotherly relationship with his fell...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #1378053 (stock #MOR6737)
The Kura
$485.00
The magical number of eight sharp spikes rise from the double tier of this antique religious candle-stand typical for offerings from a Buddhist Temple or Shinto shrine. It is 40 x 16 x 50 cm (16 x 6 x 20 inches) in fine condition, dating from the early 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1377829 (stock #MOR6736)
The Kura
$1,400.00
A gorgeous combination of patinated bronze suspended between waves and a soaring phoenix painted with polychrome in a silver gilt and lacquered frame dating from the mid to later Edo period (18th-19th century). The Kei is a Buddhist chime, used in meditation and sutra chanting. It comes with a small metal striker hanging on the side. The shape is based on the traditional Chinese musical instrument Qing. The frame-work is 57 cm (22-1/2 inches) wide, 64 cm (25 inches) tall and is in overall f...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1377795 (stock #MOR6735)
The Kura
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An antique book bound in green kinrande silk decorated with the Tokugawa family crest (of the Shogun) woodblock printed with scripture wrapped in a hand painted silk cloth enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box decorated with the Tokugawa Crest and the Jodo-shu Symbol of Chion-in. The book is wrapped in a cloth hand painted with a prayer from Meiji 22 (1889). The box is lined with genuine gold gilding. It is enclosed in a rough outer wooden box annotated as having been gifted from Shinju-in ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1377726 (stock #MOR6734)
The Kura
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Polychrome lotus petals drift over the gilded and lacquered surface of this large prayer table dating from the 19th century enclosed in a period wooden storage box. It is 42 x 30 x 22.5 cm (16-1/2 c 12 x 9 inches) and is in excellent condition. .
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1377718 (stock #TCR6733)
The Kura
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A trumpeting form decorated with bamboo adorned with a single cicada by Matsumoto Sahei (Sabin) enclosed in a wooden box annotated by the current head of the family Matsumoto Sakio. It is 31 cm (12 inches ) tall and in excellent condition.
Matsumoto Sahei (1851-1918) was born into the family of Matsuya Kikusaburo, a first generation Kutani porcelain artist. He studied under both his father and Tokuda Kansho, mastering Aka-e, Ao-kutani and other decorating styles of the era and realiz...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1377669 (stock #AOR6732)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A heavily textured image by Motomura Taira (Tadashi), untitled but dated on back Showa 37 (1962). Powerful vertical elements frame a woman as if in a door carrying a massive bundle overhead. The canvas is 21 x 25-1/2 inches (53.5 x 65 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Motomura Taira was born in Kumamoto on the Southern main Island of Kyushu in 1937. In 1960 he graduated from the "Musashino Arts University" which is associated with the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1377668 (stock #AOR6731)
The Kura
$500.00
A dark smudge like the silhouette of a sailing boat reflected on a Sea or like a winged bird rising from the water by Yamada Chiaki dated 1965 and titled “Gyofu” (Fisherman). It is wrapped in a simple frame of double wood and measures 19 inches (48 cm) square. There is some looseness in the canvas and a scratch in the lower left corner with three small losses to the paint in the lower left quarter, as well as some rubbing around the outside edges.
Yamada Chiaki was born in the last ...
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Asia : Pre 1960 item #1377667 (stock #AOR6730)
The Kura
$1,500.00
Dusk puddles and drips among the thick textures of this mid-century oil by Yamada Eiji titled on back “Mori” (Forest). Oil on canvas, it is 18 x 24 inches (46 x 61 cm) and is in excellent condition, wrapped in a simple raw wood storage frame.
Yamada Eiji (1912-1985) was born in Fukuoka on the Southern main island of Kyushu and was accepted into the Nikkakai Ten exhibition in 1933 for the first time. The following year he was also accepted into the Dokuritsu Tenrankai for unaffiliated...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #1377395 (stock #MOR6724)
The Kura
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A cicada clings to the stem of a lotus, both strong symbols of impermanence on carved into the surface of this tea tray by Sanuki artist Kizan. It is 18 x 10-1.2 x 1 inches (45.5 x 26.5 x 4 cm) and is in overall fine condition, with some wear to the bottom typical of use and age.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1377353 (stock #AOR6723)
The Kura
$400.00
A beautifully framed calligraphy work from the teachings of Lao Tzu; “Jo-Mu-Yoku” or “Without desire” (intention). This is the essence of Dao, and also one of the precepts of Zen.
One must be aware of the world of absoluteness yet in all things exists relativity; one must remain desire-less (intention-less) yet always willing.
The real world is a relative world. Not only visible things, but also thought and feelings depend on your position and environment at the moment.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1980 item #1377347 (stock #MOR6722)
The Kura
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An ishi-gami Daruma image carved from root grown over a stone with a rich red patina, the stone forms the face of the austere founder of Zen Buddhism. It is 13 inches (33 cm) tall. This unusual and highly valued phenomenon is called Ishigami (biting stone) and can take many forms. Ishigami are also called Ishikui (eating Stone) or Ishidake (holding stone).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #1377345 (stock #MOR6721)
The Kura
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An image of kannon (quanyin) carved of rootwood, the face made of an embedded stone. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition. This unusual and highly valued phenomenon is called Ishigami (biting stone) and can take many forms. Ishigami are also called Ishikui (eating Stone) or Ishidake (holding stone).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1377344 (stock #MOR6720)
The Kura
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An ishi-gami Daruma image of rich red polished wood embracing a stone which forms the face of the austere founder of Zen Buddhism. It is 4 inches (11 cm) tall, 3-1/2 x 4 inches (7.5 x 10 cm). This unusual and highly valued phenomenon is called Ishigami (biting stone) and can take many forms. Ishigami are also called Ishikui (eating Stone) or Ishidake (holding stone).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1377254 (stock #MOR6718)
The Kura
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A collection of 5 Koro by Hasuda Shugoro dating from the mid 20th century, each stamped on the base by the artist. They are roughly 8-9 cm (3-3.5 inches) diameter each and in fine condition. Two are enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes.
Hasuda Shugoro was born in Kanazawa City in 1915. After graduating the Ishikawa Prefectural Industrial School he moved to the Tokyo School of Art. Much lauded his first award was at the 5th Nitten in 1949 and he received the Hokuto-sho there in 19...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1970 item #1377194 (stock #MOR6716)
The Kura
$1,550.00
Mother of pearl and “white” lacquer form willow buds on the branches draping in front of falling blue lines on this lacquer panel dating from the mid 20th century (1960s) by Manabe Mitsuo mounted in the original artists frame and enclosed in the original wooden box titled Mizu Ni Yanagi Nuri-chogaku (Water and Willow Carved Lacquer Frame) and signed Rakusei Sagano Mitsuo. The layers of lacquer have been carved away to reveal the imagery, an arduous technique which requires a great deal of t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1377138 (stock #MOR6715)
The Kura
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A Hasegawa Yoshihisa Bamboo form bronze vase in lustrous murashido finish enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6 inches (15 cm) tall, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Hasegawa Yoshihisa (1928-2002) was one of the greats in the murashido realm, having succeeded Hasegawa Gassen one of the great pre-war metal artists whose work was largely collected by the Imperial household and a dominant figure in mid 20th century Japanese bronze-world..
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1377137 (stock #AOR6714)
The Kura
$1,350.00
An oil on canvas painting by famed artist Waki Shiro depicting the Moss Temple (Koke-dera) in Matsuo, Arashiyama. It is performed with unreasonably thick pigments and textures, rising 1/2 an inch (1 cm) of the canvas surface. This use of extreme texture was his signature style, and makes his work easily identifiable. The canvas is F4, 24.5 x 34 cm (9-1/2 x 13-1/2 inches) and it comes with the orginal frame.
Waki Shiro (1925-1988) was born in the last year of the Taisho period in Tochig...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1377065 (stock #AOR5327)
The Kura
$750.00
Oil on canvas, an abstract work by Nakamura Yoshitane stretched around a wooden frame depicting a moth in silver tones and black dating circa 1960. It is 32 x 41 cm (roughly 12-1/2 x 16 inches) and in overall fine condition, with some wear to the edges typical of framing. For more on this artist see the book Nakamura Yoshitane Gendai no Ningen Fukei. A copy of the book is included with the sale.
Nakamura Yoshitane (1914-1995) was born in Wakayama city where he took a job as a teacher. Al...