The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1402330 (stock #MOR6955)
Here is something I have never seen before, a votive Shrine plack dated 1888 depicting the three great unifiers, Napoleon Bonaparte, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and George Washington. It is rendered in heavy pigments on burled wood in a thick hardwood frame made to withstand being exposed. When it came to us, it had been hanging in a shrine roof, so the back was dark with soot and actually I could not even see the inscription...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1399619 (stock #L001)
The Kura
Price on Request
A Taisho Era work by revered artist Ono Chikkyo (1889-1979) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seirei (Cooling). The boatman poles the craft out among the pink and white blossoms, attracting curious geese as the guest takes a moment to relax over the cool fresh waters. All about the verdant blue green of fresh green leaves. Pigment on silk in a superb kinrande silk mounting with ivory rollers (they will be replaced for export)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1399919 (stock #TCR6918)
The Kura
$250.00
A large Kutsuki kiln imperfection clings to the rim of this Seto yamachawan (Yamajawan) which can serve as a nice incense burner. Production of Yama chawan began with the dissemination of wealth to military families and landowners at the end of the Heian period, and lasted through the early Muromachi era, reaching its peak in the Kamakura and Nanbokucho periods (1185-1392) from which this bowl hails. It is 6 x 2 inches (15 x 5 m).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1398022 (stock #MOR6890)
The Kura
$300.00
A simple roundel of bamboo decorated with sagi (egrets) in a stream among tall reeds in gold dating from the Meiji period. It has been lacquered black on top, inside and on the bottom, sealing the bamboo and preventing splitting. The edges of the lacquer have been worn down, and the luster of the body faded to a soft matte, giving it a wonderful antique presence. It is 33.5 cm (13-1/2 inches) tall and in fine original condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1403929 (stock #MOR6962)
The Kura
$320.00
Four Edo period Votive placks offered as talismans to shrines to garner favor from the gods. These miniature placks can still be seen today at shrines throughout the country, hanging from tree branches or special palisades made especially for their display. Two of these feature a woman praying, one a pair of ogres, the last a holy horse. Mineral pigment on wood, the central panels measure roughly 17 to 20 cm wide (6-1/2 to 8 inches) each.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1402852 (stock #MOR6958)
The Kura
$350.00
A pair of swords in age tarnished brass decorate this votive offering tablet dating from the mid-19th century. Mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with decorative edges, it is 22 x 33 x 4 cm (8-1/2 x 13 x 1-1/2 inches). Entirely original, it is in overall fine condition, with marks consistent with age. On back is the name of the person who donated it Somura Sakuzo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1399961 (stock #TCR6919)
The Kura
$350.00
A very unusual vase shaped like a cocoon but with a gear like rim dating from the Edo period covered in a flambé-style flash of color. In back is a vine loop from which it can be hung. It is 20 cm (8 inches) long, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter and in overall good condition, with an old chip in the rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1394831 (stock #MOR6843)
The Kura
$360.00
A lovely pair of brass candle-sticks based on traditional form dating from the late 19th to early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period) measuring 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) tall and in overall fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1400665 (stock #MOR6930)
The Kura
$400.00
A fan shaped spear cover coated in black lacquer and adorned with a Maruni family crest in gold dating from the Edo period. It is 15-1/2 inches (39.5 cm) tall. Overall very presentable, there is a large chip in the lacquer on the top edge, and several old repairs typical of age and use. Restoration of the chip can be arranged if desired.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1402177 (stock #TCR6953)
The Kura
$400.00
An unusual sake service pot in the shape of Hotei (Putai) dragging his voluminous sack of joy. It is porcelain covered in white with pale blue accents. Roughly 19 x 12 x 15 cm (7-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 6 inches). There is a small chip in the glaze on the handle and two spots where something stuck to it or it was supported in the kiln during firing (see last photo) otherwise is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1400606 (stock #TCR6926)
The Kura
$450.00
A quashed bottle from the southern island of Kyushu of rich red sandy clay covered in a brush application of pale white supplanted by thick green overflowing from the neck. Here the artist has crushed in the sides before applying the glazes; a striking combination, and unusual for the typically refined style of Takatori. On the base are two stamps, one a swirl typical of the Agano region, the second a cartouche containing the character Taka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1396935 (stock #MOR6881)
The Kura
$450.00
A subtle vase carved with a dragon in crashing waves signed on the base and enclosed in the original artist signed wooden box titled Hanaike Mokucho. Highly stylized, the name appears to be Zesai. It is carved from a single block of wood with a custom made brass insert. The vase stands 26.5 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1402890 (stock #MOR6959)
The Kura
$450.00
An antique placard carved with the name of the Buddhist guardian Deity Fudo-Myo-O. This would have been hung from the eaves in front of a holy site to ward off evil. Written horizontally across the front is Taishinzan, and vertically Fu Do Myo O. This indicates it is from the Kamakura period Tanakami-yama Fudo-ji Temple in Shiga prefecture (an important cultural property near the famous Miho Museum). It appears to be carved into age darkened Kuri (chestnut) with a fanciful border...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1396422 (stock #TCR6873)
The Kura
$475.00
White straw ash dribbled onto the yellow glaze forms a pair of fat exclamation points, or is it genies coming out of bottles in tandem? Whatever you see, this is a great example of Edo period Shodai Yaki pottery, one of the important origins of the modern concept of Mingei. Blanks in the glaze are formed where other pieces stood during firing, ghosts from the kiln. The dish is 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) diameter and comes enclosed in an old custom fitted wood box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1400452 (stock #TCR6922)
The Kura
$480.00
A refined set of 5 later Edo Sake cups in a hybrid E-gorai style from the Kosobe kiln of Igarashi Shinbei decorated with pale blue designs (gnarled plum trees?) under thick cream colored glaze on very thinly potted clay blended with shiseki for great effect. This is likely the work of the second or third generation Shinbei, both known for their Korai-Utsushi (Korean style) wares. Each cup is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter. They are in surprisingly good condition, with no cracks...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1402605 (stock #MOR6956)
The Kura
$500.00
A sword in gilded and lacquered wood decorates the center of this votive tablet dated on back the third month of Meiji 13 (1880) mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with decorative edges. It is 33 x 43.5 x 4 cm (13 x 17 x 1-1/2 inches). Entirely original, it is in overall fine condition, with marks consistent with age. Ema were works of art created as a gift to a shrine or temple to cull favor with the gods or give thanks for some success.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1395981 (stock #MOR6865)
The Kura
$500.00
A carved wooden Buddhist stand in the shape of a lotus blossom over a cupped leaf. This exemplifies the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, not only in that the lotus leaf itself is such a symbol as it begins to degrade even as the flower comes into bloom, but also that this piece is entirely about texture and patina, the wood much worn from its great age. Three holes in the top once held something, likely a tri-legged bronze koro, which is no longer present...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1396210 (stock #TCR6868)
The Kura
$525.00
A beautiful bowl by Ito Tozan I festooned with a willow tree in cobalt and iron under crackled Kyo-yaki –glaze with accents of over-glaze gold enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 18.5 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter. It has acquired some discoloration over time, one darker circle like the shadow of the moon around which fly sparrows, harbingers of Spring. The box lid has been broken once and glued back together and the bottom of the box has some insect damage along the adges....