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 : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #1319110 (stock #TCR5024)
The Kura
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A fine 18th century “Oil Bottle” from theImari Kilns decorated with stulized floral designs. It is 10 cm diameter, 10 cm tall. There are surface abrasions typical of use, but no chips, cracks or repairs.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1317203 (stock #TCR4848)
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A bakumatsu era (mid 19th century) Shishi Koro of dark red clay covered in a rich green glaze from the Banko kilns in Mie. It is 14 x 24 x 8 cm (9 x 5-1/2 x 3 inches) and is in fine condition but for one clawed toe which has been chipped. This squat style of facial expression was popular from the declining years of the Edo period into the early Meiji, and fits the date of this piece perfectly.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1341312 (stock #MOR5266)
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An antique Buddhist altar table of open design with scrolling legs set into a diapered base, all black lacquered and gilded with genuine gold on front and sides. It is 30 x 13 x 13-1/2 inches (76 x 33 x 34 cm) and in overall fine condition with chips and minor repairs typical of age. This is not from a home shrine, but from a Buddhist Temple.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1314531 (stock #TCR4987)
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Floral motifs and a crane decorate this set of five shallow bowls by Kiyomizu Rokubei IV enclosed in a fine wooden box representing seasonal images. Each is unique, with chrysanthemum, falling maple leaves, Daffodil, azalea, and Peony. Each is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter. The sharp, convex sides rolling into a soft edge at the rim is striking. There is a tiny chip in the rim of the daffodil and crane bowls, and a hairline crack in the maples...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1333704 (stock #MOR5162)
The Kura
$700.00
Kiseru are Japanese smoking pipes traditionally used for smoking kizami, a finely shredded tobacco product resembling hair. Here are three fine antique pipes, one of solid silver, one of shibuichi and gold with ancient soot stained susu-dake bamboo, another of shakudo, gold and silver with a han-chiku (diseased bamboo) center. They are roughly 8 inches (20 cm) long each...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1324039 (stock #TCR5067)
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A large Buddhist tower in three parts forms this Koro by Teishitsu Gigei-in Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and aside from a small repair in the rim of the inner incense container (see close-up), it is in excellent condition. A rare opportunity to acquire a large work by one of the most famous potters of the Meiji era...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1329527 (stock #MOR5139)
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This tray, which likely started life round, has slowly changed shape, shrinking against the grain to form an oblong. A crack in one side has been repaired with beautiful round copper staples, adding a new dimension to the ancient piece of wood. On the base is a yaki-in brand from the original maker or owner.
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1327283 (stock #TCR5097)
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An 18th or early 19th century Shonzui-yaki Imari Incense Burner enclosed in an age darkened period wood box. It is signed Gorotaiho Goshonzui Zo in a cartouche on the side. This is an attribution to the artist Ito Goro Taiho who is said to have crossed to China to learn the basics of firing sometsuke, and spent ten years there before returning to Japan to set up a kiln in the Imari region. The piece is 5.5 x 9 x 7.5 cm (2-1/4 x 3-1/2 x 3 inches).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1334733 (stock #TCR5167)
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Three black rabbits huddle together to form this black-raku Shuro hand warmer enclosed in an old wooden box titled Kuro Mitsu Usuagi Shuro (Black 3 Rabbits Hand Warmer). They are 7 x 5-1/2 x 4 inches (18 x 14 x 10 cm) and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1336432 (stock #ALR5200)
The Kura
$900.00
A young girl in traditional robes stands in the garden among autumn foliage, a breath of spring in the closing of the year. The background is all muted, allowing the boldness of the colors of her robes, flesh and hair to stand out. Expertly rendered, the scroll is 2 by 6 feet (63 x 183 cm) and is in excellent condition, completely remounted in pale patterned silk...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1342318 (stock #MOR5284)
The Kura
$325.00
Black lacquer shines like black glass, windows shaped like burning balls gilded with genuine gold seem to glow from within in the midnight darkness, like the light of Buddhist law. This is an exquisite 19th century offering table for use in Buddhist services. It is of fine quality, 30.5 x 30.5 x 25.5 cm (12 x 12 x 10 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1334830 (stock #AOR5170)
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An accordion album bound in green silk of 12 pages covered in ancient cloth samples. 18th -19th centuries. The album is 40 x 28.5 cm (16 x 11 inches). Generally in good condition but the covers have some wear and damage.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1334828 (stock #MOR5169)
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A double sided accordion album bound in iridescent cloth from the Meiji period containing 57 total pages covered in ancient cloth samples. 18th -19th centuries. The album is 19 x 24 cm (7-1/2 x 10 inches). Generally in good condition but the covers have some wear and damage
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1341614 (stock #MBR5272)
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A bronze dragon water spout dating from the late Edo or early Meiji period (mid to later 19th century) in an unusual full body configuration. Most spouts appear climbing over the edge of a basin, and thus only the front of the dragon need be cast. This however writhes across the edge of the basin, the entire body exposed. A pipe extending from the stomach allows the water to be attached. It is 29-1/2 x 11 x 10 inches (75 x 28 x 25 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1342430 (stock #MBR5287)
The Kura
$1,200.00
A bronze basin in the shape of a boat riding smoothly on tempestuous seas, guided by a phoenix on the bow, and a dragon calling the wind from the rear. The waves and two creatures are in Seido green patina, the boat in a rich red. Dating from the later 19th century, the boat itself is 20 x 12 x 14 inches (50.5 x 31 x 27.5 cm). With the creatures attached it is 2 feet (61 cm) long and weighs 8.7 kg (19 pounds)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1339859 (stock #MBR5247 )
The Kura
$950.00
A bronze Tanuki dressed in robes and holding a Nyoi (priest scepter) sits yelping into the air, as if surprised at being discovered for his true nature. Dating from the Meiji or possibly Taisho period, it is 10 x 8 x 9-1/2 inches (25 x 21 x 23 cm) and on the base has written in red “4th year” followed by a series of letters to which I have yet to discern a meaning. Likely Meiji 4 (1871).