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.
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1400452 (stock #TCR6922)
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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 : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1408011 (stock #TCR6977)
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A very unusual vase by Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box showing decidedly Art Nouveau styling. It is 20 x 8 x 32 cm (8 x 3 x 12-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1408935 (stock #TCR6988)
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Dark Iron glaze covers this grinning bull with a pierced silver farmers hat resting on his back covering the silver rimmed chamber for burning incense. It comes enclosed in a custom made collectors Kiri-wood box titled Ko-Seto Ushi Koro. It is roughly 9 x 5 x 4 inches (22 x 12 x 10 cm) and is in fine condition dating likely from the mid 19th century (Bakumatsu era).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1408940 (stock #L079)
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The golden orb shines out like the light of Buddhism from between the dark clouds on this exquisite 19th century image by Wada Gozan, priest of Jinko-in Temple. Ink and gold-pigment on silk in a patterned silk border with wood rollers in a period kiri-wood box titled Tsuki no ga Yokomono Ippuku (1 wide painting of moon) Wada Gozan koto (of Wada Gozan), annotated by Kuten. It is 25 x 48-1/2 inches (63.5 x 123.5 cm) and is in overall fine condition, with a minor wrinkle in the lower border...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1409038 (stock #TCR6989)
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A rare bowl by Ninnami Dohachi from the Sangama kiln dating from the later Edo period wrapped in a silk pouch and enclosed in a fine custom made Kiri-wood collectors box. Deeply impressed into the base is the six sided Sangama kiln mark. It is 5-1/2 x 5 x 3 inches (13 x 12.5 x 9 cm) and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1412482 (stock #TCR7009)
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A crab crawls among the awa plants burgeoning with seed on the side of this Kyo-yaki vessel by Takahashi Dohachi with the painting performed by Itsuun which appears to be dated 1836 in the 60 year lunar cycle. It comes enclosed in a period wooden box annotated by Dohachi VI. It is 10-3/4 inches (27 cm) tall and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1412657 (stock #TCR7013)
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A spectacular pair of vases by Ito Tozan I decorated with the imperial chrysanthemum in gold between soaring phoenix; symbols of the Japanese imperial family. Both come in the original (tired) silk pouch in a compartmentalized wooden box signed by the artist. Each is roughly 6 inches tall and in excellent condition, dating from the late 19th to early 20th century (later Meiji to Taisho period)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1412766 (stock #MOR7016)
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The great Tang Poet Du Fu (712-770) affectionately coddles a goose chick in his left hand, his bamboo staff low and seemingly forgotten as he ponders the beloved creature in his palm. Exquisitely rendered, it is roughly 16 inches (40 cm) tall and signed on back with an engraved signature...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1414360 (stock #MOR7029)
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A carved wooden scoop in the shape of a Buddhas Hand Fruit (Bushukan) accented with green lacquer leaves and stem signed Noshi-Okina, an ironic name from Chinese (Rushi) meaning The old Man and Nothing More. It is roughly 21 cm (8 inches) long and in excellent condition, dating from the early 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1414484 (stock #TCR7033)
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A fabulous large Mingei Tokkuri from the Satsuma region in the shape of an eggplant, glazed in black with crystalline blue about the neck over iron rich glazed clay. Likely from the Hirasa kilns, one of the great Satsuma production centers on the southern Island of Kyushu, 18th to early 19th century. It is 24 cm (10 inches) tall and in overall excellent condition, enclosed in a kiri-wood collectors’ box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1414624 (stock #AOR7041)
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A pair of small gold doors depicting Asian Civets (Jakoneko) in a flower strewn garden dating from the early to mid Edo period (17th to 18th century) reminiscent of the famous pair of screens heralding the same image by Kano Yukinobu (Utanosuke, active Muromachi period). The handmade bronze handles are in the shape of hollyhock leaves, intimating connection to the Tokugawa clan, head of the Shogunate...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1414859 (stock #TCR7047)
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Cranes soar before the red orb of the sun over festive young pines on these five ceramic bowls covered outside in red and black lacquer from the Nagoya studio of Toyoraku (also Horaku) dating from the mid to later 19th century, late Edo to Meiji eras...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1414933 (stock #MOR7050)
The Kura
$777.00
A soft sheen glows on the billowing robes of this natural wooden sculpture in the shape of the Goddess of Mercy Kannon seated in meditation. The wood has been worn to a high sheen, showing years of care. The face is carved out of the undulating roots, and is the picture of serenity. It is 15.5 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1415276 (stock #MOR7054)
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A set of stacking circular boxes for food descendant of the 12th-13th centuries Nigatsudo style of Negoro lacquer-ware, the simplified form covered in dusky black and burnished cinnabar lacquer. Somewhat elongated from centuries of drying and use, the set is 14.2 x 15 x 17 cm (5-1/2 x 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches). Overall in excellent condition for such a functional item, each box has a grain crack consistent on one side...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1415373 (stock #MOR7056)
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A bronze vase inlayed with silver waves by Nakagawa Joeki X enclosed in the original signed wooden box annotated by 12th generation Omotesenkei Tea School Master Seisai. The voluminous body, rising to a flaring neck, rests on a base of eight sides. The vase is 13 inches (33 cm) tall, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. It is wrapped in a custom made brocade bag and enclosed in a wooden box covered in writing and inventory inspection notes. It is signed simply with the eng...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1415417 (stock #MOR7055)
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A set of early wood panels, once doors on a votive shrine, painted with guardian shishi lions (Also called Fu-dogs) in polychrome colors, much worn with time. The doors are of clear grained hinoki (Japanese cypress) and have shrunk horizontally over the centuries, evidenced by the ari (wooden support) which is inset into them. On back one can see clearly the silhouette of the original metal-work. Momoyama to early Edo period, they are 37.5 x 47 cm (15 x 18-1/2 inches) each and would be fabulo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1415580 (stock #MOR7061)
The Kura
$850.00
A kingfisher peers down its long beak at a frog crawling out from among th folds of a withered lotus leaf, a beautiful bronze and silver okimono from early 20th century Japan. It is roughly 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in excellent condition, tarnishing typical of age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1415807 (stock #TCR7067)
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$750.00
A mischievous creature dressed in the robes of a zen master clutching prayer beads peers up sheepishly, his innocent look set to catch the unsuspecting of guard. A humorous image in glazed white clay enclosed in an age darkened wooden box signed Unzan. It is It is roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
The Tanuki is a facetious creature with supernatural powers. It has the ability to shapeshift into inanimate objects as well human form,...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1415808 (stock #TCR7069)
A spectacular find, a 17th century (early Edo period) Hagi Water Bowl decorated with a Christian Cross called a Hana-kurusu Moyo Mizusashi. A similar piece is published in the book Nanban Bijutsu (Japanese, 1967 color block 33 as well as figure 8 p 137). The basin is 8 x 6-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches (20 x 16.5 x 11.5 cm). There is a crack in one end (see close-up photos). I believe this would have been used to hold holy water in the Christian Temple.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1415911 (stock #TCR7068)
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A Porcelain Sweets dish by Seifu Yohei III decorated in sometsuke underglaze blue with plovers flying over water breaks with a hint of pink and yellow sunset in the white porcelain enclosed in a period wooden box annotated by his son Seifu Yohei IV. It is 8 inches (20.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1415912 (stock #TCR7070)
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A very rare work by Suda Seika featuring a long armed monkey climbing over the rim in raw terracotta clay, contrasting brilliantly against the blue splashed white porcelain. It is 17.5 x 20 x 10.5 cm (7 x 8 x 4 inches) and comes enclosed in a period kiri-wood box. The first generation Suda Seika (1862-1927) was born the son of a merchant in Kanazawa, then part of the Kaga fief. He graduated the Ishikawa prefectural Industrial Ceramic Research Center in 1880 specializing in decoration, and m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1415965 (stock #TCR7071)
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$495.00
Bucolic scenery wraps around these footed Haisen bowls by Takahashi Dohachi enclosed in the original wooden box signed Kachutei Dohachi followed by the distinctive shell shaped seal of the family. Each is 6-1/4 inches (16 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. An annotation inside the box is dated the first year of Taisho (the era began in July 1912).
It is difficult to date the works of Dohachi, however I would guess this to be that of the 6th generation, (Hide...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1416033 (stock #MOR7072)
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A decidedly different version of this theme, a Festive carved wooden Tai (Red Snapper) fish with removable side for sashimi coated inside in gold with bone teeth and inlayed bone eyes. The craftsman ahs gone to great lengths to make this as realistic as possible, from the textures of the skin to the folds in the fins and coloring. Unusually, most dishes in this vein are one sided, however this is equally realistically carved on both sides. It is 47 x 21 x 6 cm (18-1/2 x 8 x 2-1/2 inches and i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1416142 (stock #MOR7075)
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A red lid caps the stained bamboo tube forming the base for red-leafed vines burgeoning with sweet fruit on this bamboo incense container by Kinjo Ikkokusai IV (1876-1961) , signed Ikkokusai with enclosed in an old wooden box. The bold design is performed in thick colored lacquer. It is 35.5 cm (14 inches) long and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1416143 (stock #TCR7074)
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An odd shaped koro representing rolling hills and snow laden trees surrounding a small shrine forming the center (and chimney) of the Incense burners lid. It is decorated in traditional brilliant Ninsei colors of green and yellows with iron glaze bones and gold highlights, and is signed Ninsei on the base, stamped Makuzu within the footring. The Koro is 6 inches (15 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It comes in the original age darkened signed wooden box cut ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1416146 (stock #MOR7073)
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A splendid set of five Chataku Tea Cup Saucers of turned wood decorated in ridiculously thick lacquer floral decoration by Ikkokusai enclosed in a fine wooden box signed by the artist and dated Meiji 39 (1906). Accompanying is a note stating the set was received as a gift upon visiting the Naganuma Ryokan during a trip to Hiroshima in the fifth moth of Meiji 43, accompanied by the name Kayanomiyasama. Kaya-no-miya were a collateral branch of the Japanese Imperial family. There is a photograp...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1416264 (stock #MOR7076)
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Autumn flowers and dried grasses in red, silver and gold rise up before clouds of golden mist on the highly polished Ro-iro surface of this poem card (Tanzaku) container. Inside, golden suzumushi crickets in striking detail sing a lonely autumnal lullaby. The artist has used a variety of techniques, with Hira-maki-e, Taka-maki-e, Nashiji, Kirigane applied gold leaf squares and if you look carefully you can see iridescent blue mother of pearl buds glinting among the leaves. It is 38.5 x 8.5 x ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1416720 (stock #TCR7081)
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$850.00
Paulownia Crests and stylized Chrysanthemum, symbols of the Japanese Imperial Family, decorate this large Meiji period baluster vase signed on the base Taniguchi sei enclosed in the original age-darkened kiri-wood box and retaining the original Taniguchi Studio label. It is 46 cm (18 inches) tall plus the base and in overall fine condition, with some wear to the gold rim and one small glaze crack in the body (see close-up photo).
Taniguchi Kinyodo was a purveyor of fine porcelain founded...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1416779 (stock #MOR7082)
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A natural stone basin inset into a wood base enclosed in an age darkened kiri-wood collectors box titled Nishiyama Sousai Sensei I-Ken (Beloved Ink Stone of Nishiyama Sousai). Inside the box lid is a long explanation in archaic characters written in what appears to be Kanbun, a hybrid language based on Chinese used by Scholars in the pre-to-early modern era. It is 17 x 8 x 7.5 cm (7 x 3 x 3 inches) and is in fine condition. The stone has been set into the wood, and sealed with some type of da...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1416885 (stock #TCR7083)
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A collapsed cylinder covered in thick green ash glaze with large Kutsuki attached at the base dating from the early kilns of Tamba, one of the Rokkoyo or 6 ancient kilns in the mountainous region of Hyogo. It is roughly 6 inches (15 cm) tall and about 4 inches (10 cm) square at the base. A look at the deposits on the side make one inclined to think this was fired in an anagama, making it quite early. Tamba is considered as one of Japan’s six famous ancient kilns, along with Seto, Tokoname, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1416887 (stock #TCR7084)
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Rivulets of green glaze descend all sides of this sublime storage jar, the bottom raw red Tamba clay dating from the Edo period. About the rim are four “mimi” ears for tying down the wooden bung. The base is slightly concave and burnt to a rock like texture. The vessel is 12 inches (30 cm) tall, 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Tamba is considered as one of Japan’s six famous ancient kilns, along with Seto, Tokoname, Echizen, Shigaraki and Bizen. It is known ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1416974 (stock #MOR7085)
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$1,400.00
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An exquisite wooden plate in cinnabar lacquer over black wrapped in a chord bound cloth bag end enclosed in an age blackened kiri-wood box dating from the Edo period. The surface of brilliant red has been worn through with handling revealing the black beneath about the rim and edges. It is 9 inches (23 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. The bottom is a brown tinged black (the brown is a product of oxidation, inherent only with age) upon which are written two characters in red. The box i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1416976 (stock #TCR7086)
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$1,700.00
An exemplary Bizen Tsubo typifying the Momoyama style in rough dark gray clay with prominent finger grooves and a comb mark about the shoulder spiraling down the side. The base is baked to a stone-like texture and sheen. This is a perfect example of the pottery produced in Bizen during the 16th century. It is 23.5 cm (9-1/2 inches) tall, 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1417441 (stock #MOR7087)
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$350.00
A gorgeous mingei worn-tray roughly hewed from hardwood, smoothed with a chisel on the top, but left raw on bottom. It would make a lovely tray for serving steeped tea, although rocks side to side due to warping. turned upside down it would make a spectacular stand for an incense burner. It is 35 to 37.5 cm diameter (14-15 inches).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1418140 (stock #MOR7091)
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A pair of antique candles sticks hand made of bronze and created so that the legs might fold together for ease of storage and transport. They are 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1418717 (stock #MOR7096)
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$970.00
The artisan has worked this burled wood to an unbelievably thin wafer in the shape of a Bushukan (Buddha’s Had Fruit) to create a tray for the Sencha Tea aesthete. A fantastic cut of wood, and beautifully worked with a thin lip, and even a leaf clinging to the underside. It is quite large at 55 cm (21-1/2 inches) long, and comes enclosed in an age darkened wooden box. There are some repairs to the wood visible on close inspection (see close-up photos).