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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1355794 (stock #TCR6411)
The Kura
$980.00
A black-eyed shrimp scoots along the sandy body of this large vase by Miyagawa Kozan capped with a crystalline green fissured glaze cascading from the rim. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall 9-1/2inches (24 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. It is stamped on the base Makuzu. For a nearly identical piece see the book Makuzu Kozan Ten (1986) figure 61...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355717 (stock #MOR6410)
The Kura
Price on Request
A smoking set of hardwood and silver which has been decorated all about with feathers in lacquer. It is roughly a perfect 20 cm (8 inch) cube. Everything about it speaks of top quality. The wood is an imported hardwood, from the rosewood family. Two silver hooks swing out in front to hold the gold, silver and shakudo pipe. The top is decorated with plum blossoms around an intricate brazier cover. A silvered handle on top allows for easy carriage, secured to the sides with silver feathers...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1355712 (stock #MOR6409)
The Kura
$650.00
A small desk made of three parts, two cabinets and a top plate, which can be configured in two arrangements; one with the cabinets together and the plank on top forming a small cabinet, the second with the cabinets separated and the plank between to become a writing desk. The entire surface is covered in thin veneers of parquetry, a style popular from the Meiji to early Showa eras, and likely hails from Nagano prefecture...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1355508 (stock #MOR6408)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you
A very rare 19th century elaborate head dress (Kanmuri or crown) of gilded parts inset with glass surmounted by a phoenix flanked by two dragons for use in the Japanese Noh Theater. A golden phoenix takes flight from the peak, surrounded by sun, moon and flaming jewel from which are suspended extravagant chains of glass and coral beads and gilded ornaments. Made of brass, paper, wood and thin wire, the entire is covered in gold with the sun and moon in enamel and burning jewels in glass...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1355485 (stock #MOR6407)
The Kura
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A unique dry lacquer tea leaf storage jar in the shape of a sleeping “Shicho” courtier dating from the 18th to possibly early 19th centuries. The face is a paragon of serenity. Completely hollow, and very light-weight, it was most likely used to store dried tea leaves for sencha steeped tea. It is 23 x 22 x 35 cm (8 x 9 x 14 inches). There are losses to the lacquer around the base, and on the hat, and some cracks acquired from age and use. The lacquer is quite stable...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1355482 (stock #TCR6406)
The Kura
$335.00
A large dark-glazed Boat-shaped flower vessel with a black lacquered insert made for Ikebana flower arranging enclosed in an old custom wooden box titled Oki-bune. It is 48 x 20 x 9 cm and is in fine condition, likely dating from the Meiji period.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355481 (stock #ALR6407)
The Kura
$650.00
An enso Zen circle encompassing nothing and everything, by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a silk border with black lacquer rollers. The scroll is 62.2 x 119.5 cm (24-1/2 x 47 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355420 (stock #ALR6406)
The Kura
$600.00
A single stroke of ink forms a writhing dragon on this Zen scroll by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a rough silk border with wood rollers dated Taisho 9 (1920). It is 44 x 196 cm (17-1/2 x 77 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1355418 (stock #MOR6405)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you
A long bronze boat with removable thatched roof revealing a compartment for burning incense. One can imagine the sage within, burning twigs to heat his tea, smoke escaping the roof as he contemplates the empty moon. It is 13 inches (33 cm) long and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. In fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1355374 (stock #MOR5359)
The Kura
$300.00
Carved into the surface is the phrase Unchu Kasho (Laughing among the clouds). It is likely a reference from ancient literature, although I have been unable to find it. It is 19 x 9-1/2 x 4 inches (24 x 48.5 x 10 cm) and is in excellent condition. There are scratches in the surface and wear to the black lacquer which covered the central characters, however this is simply testament to time and use and does not detract.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1355373 (stock #MOR6403)
The Kura
$1,000.00
A skeleton sits in the traditional Seiza position sheltering a huge skull between its legs. This antique Japanese carving is signed Ringyoku, and likely dates from the later 19th century. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) tall, and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1355304 (stock # TCR6402)
The Kura
$950.00
A very unusual Art-Nouveau vase by the Kinkozan studio in Pastel colors dating from the Taisho period titled Kiku-Kiri Kumo Ho-o Sakura Tachibana Moyo Heiji-gata Kabin. That is a mouthful! It means Chrysanthemum and Paulownia, Cloud and Phoenix, Cherry and Tachibana pattern Heiji-shaped Vase. On the vase are stylized chrysanthemum and clouds and rising paulownia flowers, symbols of imperial family. Inside the lid is written On the night of Nov...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #1354794 (stock #MOR5368)
The Kura
$1,850.00
A natural branch of dark root-wood taking the form of a reishi mushroom cluster lovingly polished and preserved with a rich patina. It is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) long and in excellent condition. Something about the head is likethe skull of a dragon.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1354792 (stock #MOR6399)
The Kura
$1,275.00
A large bronze water basin in the shape of a lotus leaf supported by three “Renkon” lotus root feet and upon which play frogs. Dating from the 19th century, it has acquired a lovely patina over the last century, of soft greens on richly burnished olive, and unusually, the veins are highlighted in reddish brown. It is 15 inches (38 cm) diameter, 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #1354600 (stock #MOR5366)
The Kura
$800.00
A bowl made up entirely of a natural growth of mushrooms dried and darkened with age enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Zuishibabon and annotated by Scholar/artist Yamanaka Shintenno. It is 26 x 22 x 7 cm (10-1/2 x 9 x 3 inches). The inside of the box lid is dated the Second Month of Meiji 9 (1876) and signed Shintenno. There are minor dings and chips to the dried edges of the mushrooms...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1354485 (stock #TCR6397)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you
A pottery incense burner from Hagi of highly textured clay in the shape of a Chrysanthemum surmounted with a Buddhist jewel. Inside the box lid is written Ko-Hagi Kikubana Koro followed by the sizes and an attribution to the second Koraizaemon (1617-1668) by the 11th generation head of the family (1912-1981). The koro is just less than 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 7 inches (18 cm) tall. There are a few old repairs as visible in the close-up photos.
The Koraizaemon legacy in Japan begins ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1354449 (stock #TCR6396)
The Kura
$700.00
Iris in dark iron decorate the crackled pale glaze of this Edo period platter featuring striking gold repairs and enclosed in a custom made period wooden box of thick kiri wood titled E-Seto Sara. The quality of the gold and repairs is singular in execution. That of a very skilled craftsman. The gold shimmers softly in tiny chips and dings around the rim, and in one corner a dollop of Oribe Green grows like moss on the rim, a hint of spring in the air. The dish is 9-1/4 (23.5 cm) square.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1354448 (stock #TCR6395)
The Kura
$220.00
A scene befitting the Daimyo, a regal person and his attendants are conveyed by ship through verdant islands under a clear sky. This set of five dishes comes from the Feudal kiln of the Ikeda clan. Each is roughly 6 inches (15.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition. There is one tiny chip in one, and a couple of hairline fractures along the rim of another. Otherwise they are in quite good condition, with only a couple of firing flaws in the rims (see close-up photos). Each is marked Tozan in a...