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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1405107 (stock #MOR6965)
The Kura
$685.00
A fabulous bronze vase intimating an archaic Chinese form of splashed gold with ancient patina signed on the base Hyakusei. This is created by applying the patina thickly over the polished yellow bronze. It dates from the late 19th to early 20th century, the heyday of the Japanese Sencha Tea movement when there was a great deal of interest in Sino-art. It is 18 cm (7 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1405005 (stock #ANR6963)
The Kura
$3,500.00
A powerful image in blue, green and white splashed across the gilded silk panels of this pair of two panel screens by Yamashita Chikusai dating likely from the pre-war era, 1930s. Each panel is 71.5 x 152 cm (28 inches by five feet) and both are in excellent condition, retaining the original backing paper. Spectacular, the modernism and simplicity would go well with contemporary decor.
Yamashita Chikusai (1885-1973) was born in Kyoto and studied under the important turn of the century m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1403929 (stock #MOR6962)
The Kura
$320.00
Four Edo period Votive placks offered as talismans to shrines to garner favor from the gods. These miniature placks can still be seen today at shrines throughout the country, hanging from tree branches or special palisades made especially for their display. Two of these feature a woman praying, one a pair of ogres, the last a holy horse. Mineral pigment on wood, the central panels measure roughly 17 to 20 cm wide (6-1/2 to 8 inches) each.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1403891 (stock #ANR6961)
The Kura
$2,500.00
A single Japanese White-eye brushed in a furtive dash finds sanctuary among the stalks of fresh bamboo growing on this gilded silk four panel screen dating from the early 20th century signed Shunpo. It has been completely restored to original condition (without overpainting) and is in excellent condition. A perfect size for wall mounting, the screen is 5 feet (152.5 cm) high, 82-1/2 inches (210 cm) long. Yukimatsu Shunpo (1897-1962) was born in Oita and studied initially under Sakuma Chikuho ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1970 item #1403837 (stock #MOR6960)
The Kura
$435.00
An elegant form of overlapping red and white plum blossoms with a looping silver handle from the Ando Cloisonné studio enclosed in the original wooden box. It is 5-1/2 x 12-1/2 x 5 inches (14 x 32 x 13 cm) in excellent condition. It likely dates from the immediate pre-to Post-war era.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1402890 (stock #MOR6959)
The Kura
$450.00
An antique placard carved with the name of the Buddhist guardian Deity Fudo-Myo-O. This would have been hung from the eaves in front of a holy site to ward off evil. Written horizontally across the front is Taishinzan, and vertically Fu Do Myo O. This indicates it is from the Kamakura period Tanakami-yama Fudo-ji Temple in Shiga prefecture (an important cultural property near the famous Miho Museum). It appears to be carved into age darkened Kuri (chestnut) with a fanciful border. The piece...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1402852 (stock #MOR6958)
The Kura
$350.00
A pair of swords in age tarnished brass decorate this votive offering tablet dating from the mid-19th century. Mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with decorative edges, it is 22 x 33 x 4 cm (8-1/2 x 13 x 1-1/2 inches). Entirely original, it is in overall fine condition, with marks consistent with age. On back is the name of the person who donated it Somura Sakuzo. Ema were works of art created as a gift to a shrine or temple to cull favour with the gods or give thanks for some su...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1402606 (stock #MOR6957)
The Kura
$600.00
A sword in hand forged iron is suspended by its tang in a wooden votive plack, while a sword in age darkened brass decorates another, both dated on back to the end of the Edo period. The first is mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with austere frame dated on back the 8th month of Keio 3 (1867, the last year of the Edo period). It is 18 x 31 x 4 cm (7-1/2 x 12 x 1-1/2 inches). The other is mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with decorative edges dated on back the third ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1402605 (stock #MOR6956)
The Kura
$500.00
A sword in gilded and lacquered wood decorates the center of this votive tablet dated on back the third month of Meiji 13 (1880) mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with decorative edges. It is 33 x 43.5 x 4 cm (13 x 17 x 1-1/2 inches). Entirely original, it is in overall fine condition, with marks consistent with age. Ema were works of art created as a gift to a shrine or temple to cull favor with the gods or give thanks for some success.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1402370 (stock #L023)
The Kura
$900.00
Original signed wooden box enclosed in a red lacquered outer wooden box. Ink on paper in a silk border with ceramic rollers. It is 16 x 60 inches (40.5 x 152 cm). Fujii Tatsukichi (1881-1964) could be considered the father of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the modern concept of design as an art form in Japan, and most certainly an artist not to be defined by one medium. He was born in Hekinan city, Aichi prefecture near Nagoya. He was, along with Kishida Ryusei, Saito Yori and Takamura Kot...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1402330 (stock #MOR6955)
Here is something I have never seen before, a votive Shrine plack dated 1888 depicting the three great unifiers, Napoleon Bonaparte, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and George Washington. It is rendered in heavy pigments on burled wood in a thick hardwood frame made to withstand being exposed. When it came to us, it had been hanging in a shrine roof, so the back was dark with soot and actually I could not even see the inscription. We washed it with warm water only, many times, and slowly revealed the back...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1402210 (stock #MOR6954)
The Kura
$1,200.00
Two silk Fukusa wrapping cloths designed and or hand painted by Kamisaka Sekka enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the Taisho period. The first is an embroidered wrapping cloth with patterns of flowers and grasses designed by Sekka, 13 x 14 inches (33 x 35.5 cm) in excellent condition complete with red cloth obi. For an identical piece see Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master - Pioneer of Modern Design by Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art 2003 p. 103 fig 23. The second is white s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1402177 (stock #TCR6953)
The Kura
$400.00
An unusual sake service pot in the shape of Hotei (Putai) dragging his voluminous sack of joy. It is porcelain covered in white with pale blue accents. Roughly 19 x 12 x 15 cm (7-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 6 inches). There is a small chip in the glaze on the handle and two spots where something stuck to it or it was supported in the kiln during firing (see last photo) otherwise is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1401827 (stock #MOR6951)
The Kura
$685.00
Six large and four small hand made silvered-bronze Origami-crane-shaped door handles for Japanese Fusuma sliding doors. A typical number, for the four entry doors, two closet doors, and 4 alcove doors (small). Perfect for completing your Japanese room project. The large handles are 3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches (6.5 x 9 cm). The small handles are 2 x 1-1/2 inches (5 x 3.5 cm), and all are in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1401825 (stock #TCR6950)
The Kura
$750.00
A grizzled sage leans contentedly on a staff, a sleepy look in his eyes by Takago Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the pre-war era. Exquisitely rendered in raw wood, with a fine reddish patina unmarred by handling. It is 14 inches (35 cm) tall and in excellent condition with incised signature on the base. Takago (Also read Tagomori) Shiro was born and raised in the tumultuous and difficult era leading up to the second world war. He was accepted into the 4th Shin-B...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1401734 (stock #TCR6946)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
A very rare voluminous Tsubo of unusual design covered in green glaze splashed with pink about the rim from the Toyoraku kilns outside Nagoya. A black lacquered wooden lid covers the opening. It is stamped on the base, and comes enclosed in a sturdy wooden box. The shape is unique, and it was likely used for dry goods storage. It is 11-1/2 inches (29.5 cm) tall, 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) diameter with no cracks or chips. There are a few scratches in the green glaze, consistent with use. Meij...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1401571 (stock #TCR6945)
The Kura
$750.00
A pair of Toyoraku style (Horaku) pottery hi-ire braziers with crackled pale glaze inside, outside covered in black lacquer, one inlayed with mother of pearl plum blossoms, the other gold and red lacquered chrysanthemum. The Chrysanthemum is accompanied by the Imperial Nobori-Kiri Crest on a soft, chocolate brown lacquer with gold rim, the plum shimmering purple on midnight black. One is slightly larger than the other, averaging about 12 cm (4-5/8 inches) tall. There is one slight abrasion in...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1401496 (stock #TCR6944)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
A Bizen pottery incense burner by important 20th century artist Nishimura Shunko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Nemureru Shishi Koro. Very much in this famous artist style, the recumbent creature appears squat, all features elongated, while a cub riding on its back serves as the lid for the incense chamber. It is signed on the base Shunko-saku and bears his double mountain mark. The mark is visible in the 1927 booklet Bizen Toko (copies included) The koro is 7 inches (...