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 : 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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1492 item #1379152 (stock #MBW4130)
The Kura
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A kamakura period Seated Shinto Deity 12 x 8-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches (30 x 21.5 x 65 cm) cut from a single piece of camphor wood. Strong Chinese influence in features and clothing. I believe this is an image of Sadaijin (Minister of the Left), a guardian deity seen outside shrines who protects the inner sanctuary. It has damage to face, right hand, feet and worm holes; the flares of sleeves and pant legs (originally attached) missing. A core sample was taken from inside the hole made for the sta...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1492 item #1379151 (stock #MBW4130)
The Kura
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A kamakura period Seated Shinto Deity 12 x 8-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches (30 x 21.5 x 65 cm) cut from a single piece of camphor wood. Strong Chinese influence in features and clothing. I believe this is an imgae of Sadaijin (Minister of the Left), a guardian deity seen outside shrines who protects the inner sanctuary. It has damage to face, right hand, feet and worm holes; the flares of sleeves and pant legs (originally attached) missing. A core sample was taken from inside the hole made for the sta...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1378263 (stock #TCR6739)
The Kura
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3 Chawan Tea Bowls for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony made by Kiyomizu Rokubei V. There is a Gohon style bowl decorated with a traveling stick and hat (symbolizing freedom and knowledge), a pale bowl decorated with a mouse and rice bales (symbols of fortune) as well as a gray glazed bowl decorated with a monkey. All are roughly 11.5-12 cm diameter (4-1/2 inches) and they range from 6.5-8 cm (2-1/2 -3-1/4 inches) tall. All are in fine condition. These come from the Kiyomizu Family Estate en...
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 1930 item #1377424 (stock #MOR6726)
The Kura
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A Mingei boat of weathered wood containing a brass basin for summer flower arranging. Early 20th century, it is 70 cm long and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #1377395 (stock #MOR6724)
The Kura
$295.00
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1376991 (stock #AOR6713)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A large painting of a parrot by Takama Soshichi dated 1957. Oil on canvas in a simple raw wood storage frame, it is 18 x 24 inches (46 x 61 cm) and is in excellent condition. Here he is depicting one of his favorite subjects but has used an unusually muted palette with only highlights of color on white. A superb example of his mature painting style.
Takama Soshichi (1889-1974) was born in Tokyo, and attended the Tokyo University of Art. From the Taisho to early Showa he exhibited with ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1970 item #1376989 (stock #MOR6712)
The Kura
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A tall vase with lid replicating the image of a sutra container by Aida Tomiyasu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 39.5 cm (15-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Aida Tomiyasu (Ibara Meijiro, 1902-1987) was born in Chiba prefecture and studied the art of bronze making under Yamamoto Asumi. He was consistently exhibited and awarded at the Nitten National Exhibition, taking top prize in 1948, and later serving as a juror. His work was also selected for international...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1376988 (stock #MOR6711)
The Kura
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A lobed form by Nakajima Yasumi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. The name of Nakajima first came to notice in 1908, when the first generation Yasumi (1877-1950) was awarded at the Senkatsu Kinen Exhibition. He was a consistent exhibitor with the Teiten-Nitten national exhibitions and was also quite active abroad, being prized at the 1931 Belgian Exposition and serving as juror for the Japanese submissions to the Paris Expositio...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #1376986 (stock #MOR6710)
The Kura
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An exquisite lacquer box by Imai Seitaro dating circa 1959 featuring multiple layers of colored lacques carved through with a design of grapes on the vine enclosed in the original signed double wood box (Niju-bako) titled Choshitsu Budo Moyo Shikishi Bako (Carved Lacquer Grape Design Poem Card Box). It is roughly 11 x 12 x 2 inches (27.5 x 30 x 4 cm) and is in fine condition.
Imai Seitaro was born in Kagawa prefecture in 1893, and was first exhibited with the Nitten National Exhibition i...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1376914 (stock #TCR6709)
The Kura
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A stately work decorated with an ancient pine by Ito Tozan II dating from the 1930s enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 18 cm (9-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
The Ito family, spanned three generations. Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began his artistic career studying painting in the Shijo manner under Koizumi Togaku before moving to the plastic arts under a number of teachers, including Takahashi Dohachi. He began using the name Tozan in 1895, and later received...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1376853 (stock #TCR6707)
The Kura
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Chinese scholars go about their business in a literati paradise on the outside of this fluted bowl by Miura Chikusen enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 16.5 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Miura Chikusen I (1854-1915) made a name for himself as a strict adherent to and supplier of Sencha tea wares in Kyoto; one of the most important artists in the country for that genre. He studied under Takahashi Dohachi from the age of 13, before establishing his o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1376852 (stock #MOR4799)
The Kura
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An unusal tri-legged bronze incense burner with finialed dome pierced top signed on the underside. It is 6 inches (14.5 cm) diameter, 7 inches (18 cm) tall and in fine condition, dating circa 1935. Hori Joshin was a student of Oshima Joun and was active from the early to mid 20th century.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1376797 (stock #TCR6706)
The Kura
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An elegant form perfectly crafted and covered simply in pale green by Seifu Yohei IV (1871-1956). It comes complete with a rosewood base wrapped in padded silk in a compartmentalized double wood box signed and inscribed as having been received as a gift in June of Showa 12 (1937). It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
This is the work of the fourth generation Seifu, dating from the 1910s or 1920s. Seifu, unlike many potters of the time, was low production and tenaciou...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1376635 (stock #TCR6704)
The Kura
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A superb celadon work by Imperial Artisan Suwa Sozan I Published in the tome Suwa Sozan Sakuhin Shu (1971, page 57) from the exhibition commemorating 50 years since his death, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7-3/4 inches (20 cm) diameter, 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) tall at the rim and in excellent condition.
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875. Over the next 25 years he would...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1376549 (stock #TCR6703)
The Kura
$450.00
An unusual sack shaped tea pot made of pottery to look as if it were deteriorated dried-lacquer. It is stamped beneath the handle, and stands 6 inches (16 cm) tall. There is a very old chip in the base, black with age and use, otherwise is in excellent condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1376351 (stock #TCR6702)
The Kura
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Three monkeys see, speak and hear no evil on the top of this carved celadon porcelain incense case by Imperial Artisan Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in seal. It is 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. An identical work is published in the catalog from his posthumous exhibition held in 1924.
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to T...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1376319 (stock #MOR6701)
The Kura
$480.00
A superb cast bronze figure of a courtier with brush and paper, ready to whip out a haiku for you. The definition and technique are excellent. It is 27 cm (11 inches) tall and in fine condition dating from the late 19th to early 20th century (Meiji period).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1376318 (stock #MOR6700)
The Kura
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A large bronze vase, simple in form with exquisite coloring enclosed in a period wooden box. By coloring this is from the bronze area of Yamagata. It is quite hefty, 1 foot (30 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1970 item #1376245 (stock #MOR6698)
The Kura
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A bulbous form with art-deco influenced “ears” by Nakajima Yasumi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 15.5 cm (6 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Nakajima Toyoji, (d. 1950) first came to notice in 1908, receiving an award at the Senkatsu Kinen Exhibition. He was a consistent exhibitor with the Teiten-Nitten national exhibitions, He was also quite active abroad, being prized at the 1931 Belgian Exposition and serving as juror for the Japanese submissi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1376092 (stock #ALR6696)
The Kura
$900.00
A plum by Yumei Sosho of Sokokuji temple timidly opens its blossoms under a brief epithet by Taishitsu Sosho of Daitokuji temple. A rare gassaku work by these two priests. Ink on paper in original border, ivory rollers dated 1808. The ivory rollers will be replaced if shipping overseas. The scroll is 12 x 71 inches (31 x 180 cm). Overall it is in fine condition considering the age, however does cup some in the center and there are some marks mostly visible in the upper and lower borders. Fo...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1375973 (stock #MOR6694)
The Kura
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An unusual subject for a Japanese six panel screen, a pride of lions at leisure dating from the early 20th century, Taisho to early Showa periods. Pigment and gold powder wash on paper: The screen is 68 x 141 inches (172.5 x 359 cm), signed by the artist Shoshu in the lower right corner. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1375940 (stock #MOR6693)
The Kura
$350.00
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A stacking bento of turned wood covered in shades of red lacquer enclosed in the original signed wood box dating from the early 20th century. It is 16 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1375939 (stock #MOR6692)
The Kura
$1,700.00
A complex makie design covers this lacquered picnic set. It has a handle shaped like Mt. Fuji for ease of carrying, and contains a sake cup decorated with a shojo sake-sprite by famous painter and literati Hanabusa Iccho. All about are lattice designs and scrolling florals with blossoming peony. Edo period (18th-19th century) there is some wear to the lacquer typical of use, but it was obviously well cared for. It is 32.5 x 19 x 33 cm (12-3/4 x 7-1/2 x 13 inches).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1375894 (stock #MOR6691)
The Kura
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Saintly figures from the Daoist Immortals populate the literati paradise depicted in lacquer and mother of pearl inlay on this incense tray dating from the 18th-19th centuries. It is 9 x 13 inches (23 x 35 cm) and cones in an old cloth pouch enclosed in a custom made period kiri-wood box. The bottom, performed in hakeme (brush-stroke) black-lacquer, may have been restored at some time in the distant past.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1375892 (stock #TCR6690)
The Kura
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A very unusual set of stacking cups by Imperial Artisan Seifu Yohei and Tea Craftsman Nakagawa Joeki enclosed in the original signed wooden box signed by both artist. Seifu has created three unique works in completely different styles, Kinsai on red with auspicious figures in gold, bamboo in relief covered in celadon, and under-glaze blue designs of clouds. To this Joeki has added a liner of hand formed metal in the naban-Uchibari style. The largest is 13.5 cm (5-1/4 inches) diameter and all ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1375806 (stock #MOR6687)
The Kura
$1,200.00
A small figure wrapped in a cloak whipped by storm winds stalks the night, beware the shape shifting kitsune, one who will lure you to doom. It is signed on the base Ippei-saku (Uchishima Ippei also known as Seiho) and stamped 900 silver. The diminutive creature stands 8 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and comes in a kiri-wood box mellowed brown with age.
Uchishima Ippei (Seiho) was born in Takaoka, the bronze production center in Toyama prefecture. He began working as a professor at the Prefe...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1375758 (stock #ALR6688)
The Kura
$2,200.00
A very dramatic image of a quashed circle by Edo p. Zen Priest Daienbutsu underscored with the phrase Enso, Kore Nanzo! He seems to make a double play here. Not only is he asking the question (detailed below) of “What am I”, but also inquiring of us when viewing this flattened and distorted image “What is this circle”, and we must not be too quick to interpret. It is depicted with ink on paper fully restored in gray momigami paper extended with blue silk mimicking the original. The s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1375754 (stock #ALR6689)
The Kura
$2,500.00
A radical writhing character for dragon dating from the Edo period by the priest Nyoren Osho. Ink on paper, it has been fully restored and mounted in green brocade extended in patterned blue retaining the original bone rollers. The scroll is 14 x 70 inches (36 x 178 cm) and in excellent condition. The Dragon is a manifestation of water as well as a protector.
Nyoren Osho (also known as Daiin) was famous for rebuilding the original Main Hall (Hondo) of Jinryuji Temple in the domain of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1375651 (stock #ALR6686)
The Kura
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An exquisite 17th-18th c. rendition of Suiten (vedic Varuna) rising over tempestuous waves. Pigment on silk, The scroll is 59.2 x 167.5 cm (23-1/2 x 66 inches). It has been fully remounted, in an antique silk retaining the original brass rollers. One of the oldest gods, Varuna is associated with a Serpent (Makara) as his vehicle and a noose as his weapon. Varuna is god of waters, the source of rains and the one who rules over the Nagas (divine sea serpent), myths important in Hinduism and ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1375490 (stock #TCR6684)
The Kura
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A pair of Kinsai Tokkuri on red ground by Eiraku Zengoro from his Kutani kiln dating from the late 19th or early 20th centuries enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Complete with lids, they are 5 inches (13 cm) tall each and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1375433 (stock #MOR6683)
The Kura
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Roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, the same diameter. Enclosed in a period Kiri-wood box, in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1375391 (stock #TCR6678)
The Kura
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Birds in white plumage decorate the shadowed raw clay of this vase by Miyagawa Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 21.5 cm (8-1/2 inches) tall, 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. 
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Court by the tenth generation head of the Kyoto pottery family Miyagawa Chozo. The Kozan (Makuzu) kiln as we know it today was established...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1375247 (stock #TCR6676)
The Kura
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Floral sprays of plum and chrysanthemum decorate this low sake cup stand by Waki Kitei dating from the mid to later 19th century and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
The Kitei pottery family began in Kyoto under Kameya Heibei who established a kiln on the Gojo-zaka in 1748. The third generation Heibei (d. 1807) used the name Kitei, and without an heir passed the reins to a potter born in Bizen, Okayama prefecture,...