The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholarís realm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261866 (stock #MOR4398)
The Kura
$850.00
Hotei plays Nirameko (see who laughs first at the funny faces) game with a child, a basket of dumplings the prize on this fine Sencha Tea Tray signed Beizan. The grain appears to be some form of Rosewood. While the child sticks out his tongue, Hotei is much more creative, little fingers in his mouth and index fingers raising hi eyebrows, it is a rare look at humor in 19th century Japan. The tray is 8-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (22 x 32.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1920 item #1261511 (stock #MOR4408)
The Kura
$400.00
A beautiful squash shaped gourd with persimmon colored silk chord and ivory bung enclosed in a fine Kiri-wood viewing box. The burnished red color of the gourd is striated with fine lines, as if it is bursting from the orange bindings. It is 9 cm (4-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition.
The gourd has long associations in Asian history, and serves many uses. It was used to carry medicine, water, alchohol...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1261406 (stock #MOR4622)
The Kura
$1,200.00
A small bamboo Tea Pot cut from a node of bamboo, the spout formed from a hollowed twig, engraved by Yamamoto Shunkyo and enclosed in the original signed wooden box from the Rokasensuiso Collection. On the side is engraved the character Agaru (soar) signed Shunkyo and followed by his Kao signature. It is 3-1/2 x 2-1/4 x 2-1/2 inches (6 x 8.5 x 6 cm), in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261399 (stock #MOR4619)
The Kura
$300.00
A smoke stained Susu-dake bamboo wrist rest carved with the waxing moon suspended over a bat hovering around the upper branches of a Bonsai pine tree rooted in a shallow basin on a table. A streak of pale bamboo shows where rope had once been wrapped around the ancient bamboo pole, and the artist has chosen to use this as a feature to intimate mist...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1261270 (stock #ANR4617)
The Kura
$2,500.00
An exquisite set of small fusuma doors made for a window or alcove, decorated with Horse-tail in raised gold on one side and featuring rabbit shaped handles. The scenes are performed with gold on raised gofun and ink on paper covered with scattered gold flake, enclosed in a mulberry wood frame typical of the Taisho era. The handles are in the shape of rabbits in brass, the securing nail forming the eye of the creature. Made for an opening roughly 65 x 103.5 cm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261269 (stock #MOR4616)
The Kura
$880.00
A pentagonal box of select grained wood lacquered red within, black on bottom and the the outside clear accentuating the beautiful grain, enclosed in a period black lacquered wooden box dating from the 19th century. Removing the lid, four compartments are revealed. The lower two compartments are fitted in the sides with small serving dished of the same wood design...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1261244 (stock #MOR4615)
The Kura
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A carving of Mary and the baby Jesus in the form of Kannon with a child carved from a burl of raw wood, and bearing a Christian cross on the base. The Pointed robes are slightly elongated, accentuating the natural form of the wood. On back is glued an old paper label reading Kakure-Kirishitan (Hidden Christian), and was likely affixed there by some former owner. It is 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261102 (stock #MOR4612)
The Kura
$1,000.00
MOR4612 A beautifully polished and worn piece of natural wood hollowed out and plugged on one end, the other open with a solid zogei lid made to carry incense. The lid shows perfect grain and the wooden body is scarred and gnarled by time and nature. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) long and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1261100 (stock #MOR4405)
The Kura
$475.00
A very rare Natural Benikamo viewing stone in the shape of a thatched minka farmhouse. An excellent piece for Bonseki miniature gardens or to accompany a bonsai display. It is 9 x 5 x 8 cm (4-1/2 x 2 x 4 inches) and is of course in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1260964 (stock #MOR4610)
The Kura
$4,800.00
A Rimpa style design adorns this silver-rimmed raw kiri-wood suzuri-bako painted by Kawai Gyokudo and containing a ceramic ink stone, brushes, punch and knife by Ito Tozan and a silver and shakudo water dropper stamped by an unknown metal artist. Inside a river flows from top to bottom in rich, soft blue...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1260867 (stock #MOR2501)
The Kura
$625.00
A mischievous Shojo sprite pads forward with a long dipping scoop over his shoulder, a huge pot behind (likely filled with rice wine as the Shojo is very fond of drink). Opposite a long inscription fills the open area. The pottery vessel is deeply carved into the bamboo with the Shojo in relief before it. The piece is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall, roughly -3/4 inches (7 cm) diameter at the base and dated 1901...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1260383 (stock #MOR4602)
The Kura
$2,450.00
A large wa-gumi bamboo basket by Wada Waissai (also Waichisai) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This sophisticated basket, woven of split, smoke stained Susu-dake bamboo, has an ovoid form featuring a looping handle of knotted plait. It comes with the original bamboo otoshi or water container for the interior of the basket, cut from a broad cylinder of bamboo, the exterior surface shaved away, scored vertically and lacquered...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1253132 (stock #MOR4598)
The Kura
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A stunning selection of burled wood makes up this intricate compartmentalized picnic box dating from the opening years of the 20th century (Later Meiji). It would make a great jewelry box. There are 23 individual compartments and one sake flask. The set is 32 x 20 x 42 cm (12 x 8 x 17 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with minor Chips typical of use. The lower most box lid has warped some with age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1251900 (stock #MOR4588)
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Five paintings on paper mounted on split bamboo Ogi fan frames with five bamboo handles with green silk chord enclosed in the original signed wooden box. They are backed with white paper flecked with genuine gold. Roughly 9 inches (22 cm) diameter and in fine condition but for a few nibbles around the base of the fans near the satin handle-inserts. Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1250843 (stock #MOR4138)
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A set of five handpainted wooden dishes dating from the Meiji period from painters at the studio of Kono Bairei (1844-1895), one of the most famous studios of the Meiji, including work by Takeuchi Seiho, Yamamoto Shunkyo Tamanami Gyokuha and 2 by Tsuji Kako. Turned from what appears t be Zelkova, each is covered in clear lacquer upon which the respective artists have decorated in black. Each dish is 16 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition enclosed in a stamped wooden box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1250384 (stock #TCR4569)
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A deep e-karatsu bowl dating from the Meiji period depicting a garden scene of stones and bamboo signed Shasosai...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1249820 (stock #TCR4565)
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A hermit rides comfortably on the back of an ox, a reference to the 10 stages of enlightenment of Zen lore. This piece is by Miyagawa Kozan I (1842-1916) and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koro (outside), and inside Ninsei Utsushi Ushi-Jinbutsu hijiri followed by the signature and the Teishitsu Gigei-in seal. In addition, the box has been annotated on the side by the current Makuzu Kosai. The figure is well molded, robed in iron tinged crackle glaze, his skin raw as i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1247599 (stock #MOR4545)
The Kura
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A small round gourd: polished, cut and decorated inside with delicate fronds in gold on black maki-e. This is superb. It is 3 inches diameter (7.5 cm) and in perfect condition, enclosed in a quality old kiri-wood box. .