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 : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1342869 (stock #SAR5298)
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A lacquered and iron bound round lidded box called a kubi-oke made to carry the head of a man taken in battle or that of a man after committing ritual suicide for offering to the lord. It is 13 inches (33 cm) diameter, 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) tall with large handles from which it could be carried on a pole. There is mouse damage on one part of the bottom, but has not eaten through to the inside.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1342649 (stock #SAR5293)
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A very unusual Katana held in a saya (scabbard) made to look like a gnarled branch cut into a poor man’s cane. When pulled a spring-loaded mechanism releases two iron flanges creating a very effective tsuba hand guard. The blade is unsigned, measuring Nishaku nissun nibu {26-1/2 inches (67.3 cm)}. The remnants of a piece of paper remain glued to the saya with the name Masaaki Noma (?) written in cursive Roman letters, followed by UZUMASA, an area in Kyoto city...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1342598 (stock #ANR5289)
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Brilliantly colored riders charge into rushing water on the gold leaves of this 18th century six panel screen relating the famous charge at the Battle of Uji Bridge. Tatsuna and Kagesue charge forward into the waters riding toward the enemy lined up on the opposite shore of the Uji River; the skeleton of the bridge visible in the back-ground. The screen measures 173 x 377 cm. (68 x 148-1/2 inches) each and retains the original Edo backing paper, with strong hinges and a good brocade border...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1342146 (stock #MOR5279)
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A hand riveted Torii gate of iron bands made for protecting sacred places. It is 30.5 x 34 cm and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1341786 (stock #TCR5273)
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An exquisite vase by Ito Tozan enclosed in the worn but original signed wooden box which is in-turn enclosed in a protective outer box (Niju Bako). The elegant form is covered in ivory colored glaze and carved in the center to reveal a pattern of Camellia flowers. It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, 12 inches (31.5 cm) tall and 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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1340835 (stock #TCR5257)
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An oki-koro wth the original ash pot by Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original wooden box titled Fuji Koro annotated Sozan-sei and dated the eigth month of 1922. The bottom of the basin and the inside of the mountain both bear the artists oval seal. It is 11-1/2 x 7 x 5-1/2 inches (29 x 18 x 14 cm) and is in fine condition. A similar work with a base annotated by Tomioka Tessai is visible in the catalog Suwa Sozan Sakuhin Shu (1971)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1340578 (stock #TCR5256)
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A lighting shaped dish decorated with karakusa and burning motifs by Seifu Yohei I (signed with his art name Baihin) enclosed in the rare original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (13.5 cm) square, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei I (1803-1861) founded the Seifu dynasty in Kyoto. He was born in powerful Kaga-kuni, modern day Kanazwa prefecture...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1340577 (stock #TCR5255)
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A set of 5 plates from the Mino kilns of the 19th century depicting one of the Rokukasen (Rokkasen, six great poets) dating from the 19th century. Each plate is 5 x 4 x 3/4 of an inch (12.5 x 10 x 2 cm). There are two small chips to the rim (see close up photos).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1700 item #1340356 (stock #MOR5252)
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A Momoyama period (16th to 17th c) lacquered incense burner with later polished brass lid and optional hardwood cover enclosed in an ancient and delicate red-lacquered wooden box inside of a secondary nijubako wooden box which contains a compartment for the optional wooden lid as well. The koro is 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) square. There is much old wear to the gold decoration and black lacquer, and repairs around the base.
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 1900 item #1340267 (stock #TCR5250)
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A beautifully shaped miniature bell with simulated chord looping through the top, half lifting off to reveal a compartment for storing incense. A ball inside the lower section actually rattles around like a real suzu-bell. This is a very unusual and superbly crafted from from the Mino area of Edo Japan. The inside white clay is darkened with age, and the outside infused with color gathered with time...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1339859 (stock #MBR5247 )
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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).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1338527 (stock #MOR5233)
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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 : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1338039 (stock # MOR5228)
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A Pair of antique Kodaiji Maki-e Chopsticks in black lacquer bearing the crest of the Toyotomi clan and the Imperial chrysanthemum with solid silver tips. One end of one has been repaired with powdered silver lacquer. The silver tips would have been to warn the person eating of poison, as it was believed pure mteals like silver, gold and pewter, would somehow change in the presence of poisons. The utensils are 12 inches (29.5 m) long, the silver tips extending 3 inches (7.5 cm) up the shafts...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1337812 (stock #MOR4836)
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A sword stand of wood covered in Nashiji Lacquer emblazoned with Mitsuba-Aoi Hollyhock crests of the Edo Shogun. It is 25-1/2 inches (64 cm) tall, the base is 9 x 10 inches (23 x 25 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1337451 (stock #MOR5217)
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A cluster of leaves forms a circular crest on the nashiji ground of this fine 19th century katana kake sword stand measuring 52 x 19 x 37.5 cm (20-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 14-3/4 inches). It is in overall fine condition.
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)...