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 1910 item #1396120 (stock #MOR6867)
The Kura
$1,650.00
A pair of bronze Usubata vases standing on a triad of baku (dream eater) feet dramatically crafted with relief work of saintly figures among trees, clouds engrave4d into the upper basins outside with long tailed phoenix and peony inside. 23.5 cm (9 inches) diameter, 35 cm (14 inches) tall. Overall they are in excellent condition, one has a dent in the upper basin.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1396004 (stock #MOR6866)
The Kura
sold, thank you
An lightly glazed incense burner in the form of a chicken and chick inside a bamboo basket. The top of the chicken lifts out revealing the incense compartment. It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall (12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter. There are a two shallow chips where the birds body comes together (see close-ups) otherwise is in fine condition. Although works like this are notoriously difficult to identify for certain, the gritty aspect of the clay under the glaze is reminiscent of Izushi-yaki.
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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1396002 (stock #F020)
The Kura
sold, thank you
The soft blur of blossoming plum, as if viewed in a dream, by Murashiam Yuichi. The evocative form, rising up in an arc to dominate the paper, seems powerful in comparison to the delicate petals clinging to new branches rising from the gnarled limbs. Ink on paper in green silk border, the scroll is 216 × 45cm (85 x 18 inches) and in overall excellent condition.
Murashima Yuichi (1897-1983 born Yuichiro) also known as Ho-o, was born in Toyama and graduated the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (Mod Un...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1395981 (stock #MOR6865)
The Kura
$500.00
A carved wooden Buddhist stand in the shape of a lotus blossom over a cupped leaf. This exemplifies the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, not only in that the lotus leaf itself is such a symbol as it begins to degrade even as the flower comes into bloom, but also that this piece is entirely about texture and patina, the wood much worn from its great age. Three holes in the top once held something, likely a tri-legged bronze koro, which is no longer present. Carved from hardwood, it was likely once gild...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1980 item #1395956 (stock #MOR6864)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Sumptuous burled wood shows off its irredescent grain under the clear lacquer covering this fantastic writing box decorated inside with nashiji gold clouds on black. It comes complete with the ink stone and water dropper inset into an inner tray. Minor wear on the gold adges attests to age and use. It is 22.5 x 30 x 6 cm (9 x 12 x 2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1395811 (stock #MOR6863)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A large bronze vase, simple in form, with exquisite coloring enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Hasegawa Gassen. Stamped on the base Gassen, and enclosed in the original signed wooden box signed Yoshihisa. It is quite hefty, over 1 foot (32 cm) tall and in excellent condition with a beautiful red mottled patination. In fact, I believe him to be surpassing his illustrious father with this piece.
Hasegawa Yoshihisa (1928-2002) was the second Hasegawa Gassen, heir to one of the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1395771 (stock #TCR6861)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A six sided porcelain Koro decorated in under-glaze blue cobalt with plum blossoms around pierced lattice panels. It is 22 cm (9 inches) tall and in excellent condition, dating from the early 20th century. In excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1395763 (stock #ANR6860)
The Kura
$7,000.00
Crested blackbirds abound on this playful image by Utsumi Kitsudo (Kichido) mounted as a six panel screen dating from the late Meiji period. It is performed with ink, pigment and applied gold flake on paper in a silk border with black lacquered wooden frame. The signature and seals are consistent with work created around the turn of the century. The screen measures 68 x 144-1/2 inches (173 x 367 cm) and is in exceptional condition.
Utsumi Kichido (Kitsudo, 1850-1925) was born in Fukui p...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1395683 (stock #MOR6858)
The Kura
$550.00
Golden ripples emanate from the rim of this Meiji period Bamboo vase enclosed in a period kiri-wood box. It has been lacquered black on the base, edges and inside, with maki-e ripples on which float silver balls. The vase is 36 cm tall and in overall fine condition. Although stable, I do not recommend this for a dry climate.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1395672 (stock #MOR6857)
The Kura
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A superb wrinkled root-ball wrapped around a stone known in Japanese as Ishigami (biting stone) in the shape of the Daruma, legendary founder of Zem Buddhism. These natural objects are highly prized, expressing a sense of the accidental and the power of nature in the face of man’s vain attempts at control. This one is rather large, at 18 x 15 x 16.5 cm (7 x 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches). Ishigami are also called Ishikui (eating Stone) or Ishidake (holding stone).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1395606 (stock #TCR6856)
The Kura
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A round “Cricket Cage” pierced porcelain Koro decorated in under-glaze blue cobalt with frets and floral motifs. In the center is a bowl for containing the incense cone. It is 18 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, dating from the late 19th to early 20th century, Meiji to Taisho period.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1395553 (stock #TCR6855)
The Kura
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A stately vase of finely crackled earth-tones decorated in under-glaze with pines and over-glaze gold mist by Imperial artisan Ito Tozan. The vase is 25 cm (10 inches) tall and in excellent condition. On the base it is both signed and stamped.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for the imperi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1395494 (stock #F024)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A crow stands stark against a dark landscape, the last vestiges of autumn clinging to frozen branches as the landscape settles with snow. Below water surrenders to gravity as it drops into the unseen depths. Ink and light color on silk in a green silk border patterned with tangled vines and featuring stag antler rollers. It is 19 x 76-1/2 inches (48 x 194 cm) and in overall great condition.
Tanaka Raisho (1867-1940) was born in Shimane prefecture, into an important household which fell...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1395493 (stock #MOR6854)
The Kura
$650.00
A very unusual theme of a Chinese boy flying a kite emblazoned with the character Ryu (Dragon) in dark bronze with gold highlights, a style popular in the first quarter of the 20th century. It is signed on the base Takashi, and is in excellent condition. It is 28.5 cm (11-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, enclosed in a period wooden box.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1950 item #1395491 (stock #MOR6853)
The Kura
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A beautifully designed double-walled basket lined with black lacquered paper for carrying sumi (charcoal) in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The handle is made in a unique manner of 8 individual strands of shaved-bamboo bound together at top and splitting off in all directions where it is tied into the body of the basket. It is 10 inches (25 cm) square and in excellent condition.
Sumitori baskets are one of the oldest forms of basketry in Japan, and one of the first to be designed not strictl...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1395473 (stock #MOR6852)
The Kura
$1,300.00
A timid looking creature in dilapidated straw hat sheepishly approaches carrying his ledger and bottle for a refill. A comic image of the Tanuki with his famous beer belly reputation for heavy drinking. One can guess he will be asking for tonight's bottle on credit as he gazes up, shoulders hunched, pleading. It is 16 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition signed on the back in an silver-wire inlay cartouche: Chikusen.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1395471 (stock #MOR6851)
The Kura
$450.00
A wooden box deeply carved with two squirrels frolicking among grape vines laden with fruit. The eyes of the hapless creatures have been inlayed with blackwood, otherwise it is all from one piece of wood with a light wiped on lacquer finish. The box is 14 x 10 x 6.5 cm (5-1/2 x 4 x 2-1/2 inches). There is a portion of the inner lip which has been chipped away (which of course cannot be seen from outside), otherwise the box is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1395356 (stock #MOR6850)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A Shishi lion mask carved of Paulownia (Kiri) wood rests on a tray carved with balls and Peony, only the eyes and teeth of the mask colored with gold, the rest natural age darkened wood. Inside the box is lacquered brilliant vermilion red, and black on the base. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box, the remnants of a label glued inside the lid dated Showa 11 (1936). The tray is 16 x 19.5 cm (6 x 8 inches) and is both tray and box are in overall fine condition, with a smalle chi...