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.
In accordance with the requests of local authorities our Kyoto gallery will be closed to visitors from April 14th until further notice.
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...
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)...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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).