The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their patience during the last few months since the Kumamoto Earthquake. Robert has been working with disaster relief group IDRO Japan in the earthquake affected areas of Kumamoto, and this has caused some delays in listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. For more on these efforts see IDRO Japan on Facebook.
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 : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1342201 (stock #MOR5280)
The Kura
$4,350.00
A demure image of grace and youth; this is a fine full sized Bunraku theater puppet dating from the later 19th or opening of the 20th century. This was shown at an exhibition of Bunraku related items, and a small catalog is included. The puppet is Osome, heroine in the play Shinpan Utazaimon Nozakimura no Dan (Osome Hisamatsu). She is dressed in a period red chirimen-silk kimono stencil-dyed with floral motifs and with embroidery of cranes; clouds and waves in couched silver thread...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1920 item #1327479 (stock #MOR5103)
The Kura
$3,600.00
Three monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, serve to remind the wearer of this important tenant. They are a very unusual set carved from boxwood and dating from the early 20th century. The eyes of the largest figure (the container) are inlayed with black wood, and it is signed on the bottom Kunimitsu. The container is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall the Netsuke 2 inches (5 cm) long and all are in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1333203 (stock #ALR5155)
The Kura
$3,000.00
An image of a Hakutaku by 418th head priest (former) of Daitokuji Chuho Sou. The scroll is 20 x 51 inches (51 x 130 cm) and is in original condition. It comes enclosed in an annotated wooden box. Judging by the calligraphy to the left the image was painted as a talisman to ward off evil. Chuho Sou (1760-1838) was born in Kyoto, and studied Zen under the 416th master Sokan. His Buddhist name is Sou, and other names used by him are Chuho, Shogetsu, and Rakuyojin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1324627 (stock #MBR5074)
The Kura
$2,800.00
An excellent late Edo bronze tiger on a later Meiji period wooden stand. The features are very much in the later Edo form, with a very squat face, very distinct in that era. It is 20 x 14 cm (8 x 5-1/2 inches) and in fine condition, with some wear to the custom made carved wooden base where the creature has moved back and forth on it.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1327154 (stock #TCR5095)
The Kura
$2,800.00
White wisteria (fuji in Japanese) drape from the gilded rim of this Kutani vase signed from the preeminent Kaburagi studio and dating from the opening of the 20th century. The imagery is exquisitely performed with over-glaze enamels on a pastel gray ground. The vase is large at 13 inches (33.5 cm) tall, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition, with some wear to the gold rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1323817 (stock #MBR5064)
The Kura
$2,700.00
A large image of a crab in bronze stretches his claws as he sidles across a lotus leaf, the very back of the leaf opening into a small basin in which either incense could be burned (where the creature would be attempting to grasp the smoke) or a flower frog could be inserted (and the creature would be reaching round the flower display, holding it erect). It is 12 x 8 x 5-1/2 inches (30 x 20 x 13.5 cm) and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1325328 (stock #MOR5079)
The Kura
$2,500.00
A very unusual image of Daikoku, one of the seven lucky gods whose raised mallet hammers out gold coins carrying a sack of treasure on bails of rice, signed and dated Genroku 12 (1699). The signature reads Kyo-Yamashina-Ju (Resident of the capitol in Yamashina, a district of Kyoto) Saigen Saku (made by Saigen). It is carved wood covered with a type of doro-e typical of Southern Chinese or Annan style and features inlaid glass eyes...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1800 item #1338073 (stock #MOR5231)
The Kura
$2,400.00
A table carved in the shape of a writhing dragon, a fountain of clouds and water rising from his mouth creates the table-top. Edo period (17th-18th c.) It stands 27 inches (68.5 cm) tall, the top 18 inches (46 cm) diameter. It is very possible this was used as a lantern or offering stand in a Buddhist temple. There is a looseness in the joints as well as old repairs and losses attesting to its age. More photos available upon request
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1338527 (stock #MOR5233)
The Kura
$2,200.00
Two Meiji period Ostrich eggs hollowed and decorated with rich lacquered Maki-e designs of Uminosachi (treasures of the sea) on one, and Royal Crests among scrolling vines on the other. They come in a custom collectors compartmentalized kiri-wood box, one with the original Meiji period stand, the other with a more modern brass wire stand. They are roughly 6 inches tall each (16 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1340785 (stock #TCR5259)
The Kura
$2,100.00
A Pottery Mizusashi by Suwa Sozan I decorated with iris by Zen Priest Hashimoto Dokuzan and enclosed in a wooden box signed by both Sozan and Zen Priest Takeda Mokurai. It comes complete with the original fired lid as well as a black lacquered Kae-buta lid for other occasions. It is 7-1/2 inches (18.5 cm) tall, 5-1/2 inches (14.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1328205 (stock #ANR5117)
The Kura
$1,800.00
Koi in ink and brushes of gold swim effortlessly on the surface of this pair of paintings by 19th century artist Watanabe Kiyoshi mounted on applied silver foil and enclosed in a black lacquered wooden frame. The screen is 168 x 169.5 cm (66 x 67 inches) fully open and is in fine condition.
Watanabe Kiyoshi (1778-1861) was born to the household of Rihei, a Nuihaku (specialist in Embroidery and wearing kimono) in Owari, modern day Nagoya...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1336739 (stock #MOR5209)
The Kura
$1,800.00
An exquisite selection of burls superbly crafted by hand to form this low flower table with a flat top meeting perfectly slightly curved edges the legs pierced with and open design. It is cut from a slab of Tocchi-wood, horse chestnut, highly prized for its iridescent grain and figuring. It is 13 x 22-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches (33 x 57 x 11 cm) and is in excellent condition without damage or warping...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1323487 (stock #ALR5059)
The Kura
$1,650.00
A woman stands wrapped in a kimono, aloof , her gentle curves inviting yet the fan in her hand, showing the image of a skull, warns of danger. It is by Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942) signed using the original character for his name and thus dating it from between 1885 and 1900. A very unusual scene by the artist, certainly showing that he was already deeply rooted stylistically before going to Europe. Ink on paper in a later mounting; the scroll is 29-1/2 x 82 inches (75 x 208 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1333627 (stock #MOR5159)
The Kura
$1,600.00
Dark stained bamboo is decorated with inlayed beads of red coral in built up lacquer intimating the bursting fruit of a pomegranate tree enclosed in a box signd by the infamous Zen Priest Nakahara Nantenbo dated Taisho 3 (1914). The age darkened box is titled Koetsu-san Zakuro Sago. The “Ko” in the title indicates this piece was already old when Nantenbo had it in his possession. It is 22 x 5.5 cm (8-1/2 x 2 inches) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1337247 (stock #MOR5215)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A very unusual saya of flaring design is inlayed with crushed eggshells and metallic nashiji with blanks of black in the shape of maple leaves. The silvered Habaki too is made with the shapes of maple leaves filed into it. The tang is signed Sadanori. The blade is not rusted, neither is it in high polish.
blade length: 26 cm
sori:0.7 cm
motohaba:2.4 cm
motokasane: 0.6 cm
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1342030 (stock #MOR5275)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A dark hardwood antique Ribbon-table carved with a fretted diaper and circular motifs. It is 56 x 22 x 26 cm (22 x 8-3/4 x 10-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition. Although likely of Chinese origin,this piece was found in Japan.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1320670 (stock #ALR5040)
The Kura
$1,400.00
The sun rising behind pine boughs, a celebratory ink and pigment on paper painting by Fukuda Kodojin in a silk border with ivory capped bone rollers enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 45 x 152 cm (18 x 60 inches) and in overall fine condition, with minor marks from handling. Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944) was an eccentric self taught artist, his status as a poet, calligrapher and literati artist has reached legendary status. Born at a time of great change (4 years before the final fall of th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1337499 (stock #ALR5220)
The Kura
$1,400.00
A fully restored Edo period silk painting of 17 warriors of the East who fought with the Tokugawa clan at Sekigahara, Each in vivid color, each arrayed in his finest armor. It is 57 x 190 cm (22-1/2 x 75 inches) and is in excellent condition. Mounted in patterned brocade with bone rollers. This came to us in rather poor condition, and although the painting was fine, the mounting was very tired, so we had it completely remounted at considerable expense.