The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1415546 (stock #MOR7060)
The Kura
$430.00
Vibrantly colored images rise from the orange peel surface of this remarkable bowl enclosed in the original wooden box titled Suzu-sei Kashiki (Sweets dish of Pewter). An inscription within states it was Made in 1937 for Takashimaya (The preeminent department store in Japan) and given as a wedding gift. It comes with a set of serving chopsticks of Hanchiku bamboo joined with stag horn. The bowl is 18 cm (7 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Suzu (Pewter) is highly prized in J...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #1415545 (stock #MOR7059)
A single Crimson red brush stroke rings the vacuous black of this mouthwatering lacquer bowl dating from the pre-war era enclosed in the original signed wooden box from the Kyoto Heiando Studio. It is 23.5 cm (9-1/4 inches) diameter and in like-new condition. The lacquer is not so highly polished as to be mirror like, in the normal fashion, and yet is not matte either, it is ethereal, and stands apart from almost all other work like it I have seen.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1415493 (stock #MOR7058)
The Kura
$950.00
The mastery of Living National Treasure Kanamori Eiichi is obvious on this sublime orange-peel bronze vase inlayed with silver frets. It is signed with an incised signature on a silver tablet inset into the base, and retains the original shiori artist biography and shifuku signed wrapping cloth enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gin-Zogan Jundo Kabin, ichi (One Silver Inlay Bronze Vase). It is 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 6 inches (15.8 cm) tall and is in excellent condition. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1415492 (stock #ANR7055)
The Kura
$6,000.00
An Edo period scene of a naval battle in striking detail featuring warriors on boats grappling with each other on a background of repeating waves. Pigment and gold on paper in a simple black lacquered frame. Most unusual is the treatment of the backgound, row after row of blue and white waves. It is likely a scene from the Heike Monogatari (Tales of the Heike or Gempei Wars), the forces of Yoshitsune and his band driving the Taira forces out to sea at the battle of Yashima. The screen is 94 ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1415417 (stock #MOR7055)
The Kura
$695.00
A set of early wood panels, once doors on a votive shrine, painted with guardian shishi lions (Also called Fu-dogs) in polychrome colors, much worn with time. The doors are of clear grained hinoki (Japanese cypress) and have shrunk horizontally over the centuries, evidenced by the ari (wooden support) which is inset into them. On back one can see clearly the silhouette of the original metal-work. Momoyama to early Edo period, they are 37.5 x 47 cm (15 x 18-1/2 inches) each and would be fabulo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1415373 (stock #MOR7056)
The Kura
Price on Request
A bronze vase inlayed with silver waves by Nakagawa Joeki X enclosed in the original signed wooden box annotated by 12th generation Omotesenkei Tea School Master Seisai. The voluminous body, rising to a flaring neck, rests on a base of eight sides. The vase is 13 inches (33 cm) tall, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. It is wrapped in a custom made brocade bag and enclosed in a wooden box covered in writing and inventory inspection notes. It is signed simply with the eng...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1415372 (stock #F050)
The Kura
$775.00
A black cat strolls stealthily through a squash patch on this large scroll by Katsuta Shokin. Pigment on silk in a fabulous silk border with large bone rollers. There are fingerprints on the silk canvas, and some loss of gofun on the squash flower. The scroll is quite large at 104 x 167 cm (41 x 66 inches), and comes in a wooden box.
Katsuta Shokin (1879-1963) started in the arts under Node Sho-u around the age of 12. He began advanced painting studies in Tokyo under Hashimoto Gaho i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1415276 (stock #MOR7054)
The Kura
$1,150.00
A set of stacking circular boxes for food descendant of the 12th-13th centuries Nigatsudo style of Negoro lacquer-ware, the simplified form covered in dusky black and burnished cinnabar lacquer. Somewhat elongated from centuries of drying and use, the set is 14.2 x 15 x 17 cm (5-1/2 x 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches). Overall in excellent condition for such a functional item, each box has a grain crack consistent on one side. Judging by the finish and wood type (hardwood, likely chestnut or elm) they ap...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1980 item #1415275 (stock #MOR7053)
The Kura
Sold, with thanks!
A serene image of the Goddess of Mercy Kannon found in a natural black stone from the Seta River inset into a hand carved hard-wood base and enclosed in a kiri-wood collectors box titled simply Setagawa-ishi (Seta River Stone). 19.5 cm (7-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1415202 (stock #MOR7052)
The Kura
$1,400.00
Butterflies adorn the ends of this hand-formed bronze vase with Uchidashi snail and stag beetles on opposite sides over incised filigree, every tap of the hammer visible on the surface. Like much early 20th century crafts, it is unsigned, but expertly crafted. Exquisite in fact. Inside one can see how the imagery was hammered out of the sheets of metal. The vase is 28 cm (11 inches) tall, 18.5 x 14 cm (7-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches) at the widest. There are some slight discolorations on the side wi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1414933 (stock #MOR7050)
The Kura
$777.00
A soft sheen glows on the billowing robes of this natural wooden sculpture in the shape of the Goddess of Mercy Kannon seated in meditation. The wood has been worn to a high sheen, showing years of care. The face is carved out of the undulating roots, and is the picture of serenity. It is 15.5 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Kannon, also known as Guan-yin in Chinese or Avalokitasvara is a Bodhisattva, (one who has prolonged their own eternal enlightenment to stay behind to al...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1414932 (stock #TCR7049)
The Kura
$450.00
A serene image of the Hakui Kannon (White-robed Goddess of Mercy) signed Kohei enclosed in the original signed Kiri-wood display box dated the last year of the Taisho era (1926). It is 8-1/2 inches (22.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Kannon, also known as Guan-yin in Chinese or Avalokitasvara is a Bodhisattva, (one who has prolonged their own eternal enlightenment to stay behind to alleviate the suffering of others in this ephemeral world. Generally shown as feminine or androgynous, she...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1414923 (stock #MOR7048)
The Kura
$375.00
A wood carving of the emaciated Shakyamuni (Gautama Buddha) descending from the mountain after achieving enlightenment. Dressed only in rags, ribs standing out below his gaunt, unshaven face; he is at peace, confident, a distant look in his eyes. An engraved signature on the back of his robes reads Toragen. It is 43 cm (17 inches) tall and in overall excellent condition with a repair to the base barely noticeable from above (see the last two photographs. An inscription on the base is dated a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1414860 (stock #F040)
The Kura
$1,100.00
Two black carp share a secret as they pass languidly through the crystalline water on this spectacular large silk scroll by Higashihara Hosen enclosed in the original signed wooden box which is in turn enclosed in a red lacquered outer box (Nijubako). Everything about this screams of quality, from the packaging to the framing. Light color on silk in a kinrande silk border extended in beige with faux ivory rollers. Perfect condition, 3 x 6 feet (89.5 x 182 cm), an excellent size for Western en...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1414859 (stock #TCR7047)
The Kura
Sale Pending
Cranes soar before the red orb of the sun over festive young pines on these five ceramic bowls covered outside in red and black lacquer from the Nagoya studio of Toyoraku (also Horaku) dating from the mid to later 19th century, late Edo to Meiji eras. This set is exceptional! It is enclosed in a fine compartmentalized collectors kiri-wood box titled Owari Toyoraku Yaki Nuri Asahi-Tsuru-Matsu Suimono Chawan Go Kyaku (Five Owari Toyoraku Pottery Lacquered Soup Bowls Decorated with Pines, Cranes ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1980 item #1414834 (stock #MOR7046)
The Kura
$550.00
A hand-painted silk tapestry from mid 20th century Japan made as a curtain to shield the depths of a home or tea room from guests. This type of thing was very important in the summer months, when sliding doors would have been removed to allow the air to flow through the inner chambers. Although it appears to be many pieces of cloth, in fact it is made of four strips, each bearing a number of individual paintings. Backed with wave patterned silk, it is 132 cm (52 inches) wide, 178 cm (70 inches...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1414723 (stock #MOR7044)
The Kura
$450.00
A scarlet Carp glides among leaves on the rippled grain of this wooden dish by Kinjo Ikkokusai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Ikkokusai I (1777-1852) was born in Ise, Mie prefecture, and was trained in the lacquer arts in Osaka. His talent was recognized and in 1811 he was taken as an official artist of the Tokugawa Clan, relatives of the Shogun and Feudal lords of Owari near present day Nagoya. All three of...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1414670 (stock #TCR7043)
The Kura
$750.00
A large Art-Deco stype porcelain basin by Ito Suiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Suiban. The basin is 36 cm (14 inches) diameter, 11 cm (4 inhes) deep and in excellent condition. The box lid has been broken in half and was put together with a piece of tape. I have not tried to remove the tape.
Ito Suiko (1894-1980) was born in Kyoto where he was studied in the plastic arts from a young age under Ito Tozan (a member of the prestigious Imperial Art Academy) as well as...