The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for thier 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 lisitng, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery for the next month, and actively seeking new stock, we do anticipate more disaster relief work after the rain season has ended in mid July. 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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1315123 (stock #TCR4992)
The Kura
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An old Tsutsu-Chawan titled Romatsu (Ancient Pine) covered in dark glaze with swirls of pale green on the front enclosed in a fine old kiri-wood box. Inside the lid is a poem which reads:
Ame kaze ni ikuyo
He nuramu Romatsu no
Arashi wa Tae ni
Koke no hana ha
Saku
The Pine stands firm against the wind and the rain, years of storms pass, and the moss flowers blossom… It is signed Kayoko...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1313684 (stock #TCR4982)
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A raw earthen bottle hand formed for sake and engraved with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. The poem reads:
Fuyubata no On the Daikon Leaves
Oone no kuki ni In a winter field
Shimo Sae Te Frost gleams
Asatode Samushi Going out in the morning I feel cold
Okazaki no sato Here in Okazaki village
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1311884 (stock #TCR4950)
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A set of Tokkuri by Miyagawa Kozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in Seal of the first generation and placing the set before 1916. The Kyo-yaki style crackled cream glaze is decorated with scenes of boats pulled up to the lakeshore before a distant pavilion in an idealic landscape typical of literati design. Each is 6 inches (15 cm) tall and in fine condition, complete with their original lids...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1320280 (stock #MOR5031)
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A large bronze figure of a Shojo sake-sprite offering a cup of merriment to a turtle (the symbol of longevity) signed by Shoun and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is x 6 x 7 x 7-1/2 inches (14 x 18 x 19 cm) and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1323683 (stock #MOR5061)
The Kura
$580.00
A small ichiboku-bori image of Jizosama dating from the Edo period. It is 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in completely original condition. There are some worm holes and nibbles on the left ear.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1337031 (stock #TCR5213)
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Otafuku, the embodiment of feminine warmth, smiles softly as she draws her robes up, a large pottery figure by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I. An identical image with overglaze enamel decorations is visible in the 1929 posthumous exhibition catalog (Copies included). It is over 15 inches (39 cm) tall. There is a chip in the base near the left foot (see pictures)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1333287 (stock #TCR5156)
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A set of five sencha steeped tea tea cups by the first Suwa Sozan decorated with three seasonal or auspidcious fruits and a poem by famed literatus Tomioka Tessai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Each cup is 2-1/4 x 2 inches (5.7 x 5 cm) and is in fine condition.
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1328820 (stock #TCR5130)
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A set of five Ninsei dishes decorated with unique images stamped Eiraku and enclosed in a studio box from Heian Jukodo. They are 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter each. One has a small gold repair to the rim, and one has dark color seeped into the crackled glaze.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1328092 (stock #MOR5113)
The Kura
$1,100.00
A very unusual set of 8 Sumo wrestlers and 4 referees showing progression from the start of the match to the throw and victory. They are Tsuchi ningyo, un-fired clay decorated with paints. Rings of bound straw (just like the real thing) are 24 cm(10 inches) diameter. Each figure is Roughly 18 cm (7 inches) tall. There are a few repairs, one wrestler has a broken arm repaired, the grappling pair has one head re-glued, and the referee has twice had his gunbai baton broken...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1329883 (stock #TCR5146)
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A Tenryuji Celadon Koro titled Seiji Rakushiki Koro wrapped in a crepe-silk bag painted by Literati Master Tomioka Tessai and enclosed in a wooden box, both titled Seiji Rakushiki Koro. The crisp green body is surmounted by a silver lattice Hoya. It is 4 inches (10.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1340268 (stock #TCR5251)
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A Kyo-yaki incense burner from Kyoto in the shape of an insect astride two summer melon shapes surmounted by leaves enclosed in an old wooden box titled Yakimono Uri-gata Koro. It is 5-1/2 x 5 x 6 inches (14 x 12 x 15 cm) and is in excellent condition, 19th to opening 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1329115 (stock #TCR5136)
The Kura
$375.00
An unusual kiln mistake in perfect condition in the form of a sake bottle against which something has fallen during the firing, causing it to collapse sideways. These type of kiln mistakes are in fact highly prized as a representation of the power of nature over man’s attempts at control. It is roughly 8 x 8-1/2 x 4 inches (20 x 22 x 10 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1336471 (stock #MBR5204)
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A large 17th to 18th century Buddhist sculpture of a Rakan (arahat), well sculpted, his naked torso gilded in gold with robes and shoes in black lacquer, carrying a large urn which is an active incense burner. The sculpture is 2 feet (61 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. There are minor losses to the lacquer and gilding typical of age, and a repair to his left foot. Both little fingers are missing from his hands; these could be repaired if desired at additional cost.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1328879 (stock #TCR5132)
The Kura
$1,300.00
A 17th century Chaire Powdered-Tea Container covered in iron glaze and featuring a gold foil lined Zogei lid in an antique silk lined brocade pouch enclosed in an age darkened Kiri-wood box. It is 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) tall and in fine condition. There is some degeneration of the base of the wooden box.
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 : 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 : 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.