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 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 : 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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1402606 (stock #MOR6957)
The Kura
$600.00
A sword in hand forged iron is suspended by its tang in a wooden votive plack, while a sword in age darkened brass decorates another, both dated on back to the end of the Edo period. The first is mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with austere frame dated on back the 8th month of Keio 3 (1867, the last year of the Edo period). It is 18 x 31 x 4 cm (7-1/2 x 12 x 1-1/2 inches)...
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 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 : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1402210 (stock #MOR6954)
The Kura
$1,200.00
Two silk Fukusa wrapping cloths designed and or hand painted by Kamisaka Sekka enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the Taisho period. The first is an embroidered wrapping cloth with patterns of flowers and grasses designed by Sekka, 13 x 14 inches (33 x 35.5 cm) in excellent condition complete with red cloth obi. For an identical piece see Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master - Pioneer of Modern Design by Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art 2003 p. 103 fig 23...
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1401827 (stock #MOR6951)
The Kura
$685.00
Six large and four small hand made silvered-bronze Origami-crane-shaped door handles for Japanese Fusuma sliding doors. A typical number, for the four entry doors, two closet doors, and 4 alcove doors (small). Perfect for completing your Japanese room project. The large handles are 3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches (6.5 x 9 cm). The small handles are 2 x 1-1/2 inches (5 x 3.5 cm), and all are in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1401735 (stock #MOR6947)
The Kura
$350.00
Sale Pending
A 19th century lacquered tray with bold design of a turnip in gold and silver raised maki-e o bck ground, the reverse all Nashiji typical of 19th century design. It is wrapped in a cloth bag and enclosed in a period wooden box. The tray is 37 cm (14-1/2 inches) diameter and in overall fine condition with minor losses to the lacquer along the edge consistent with age and use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1401734 (stock #TCR6946)
The Kura
$550.00
Sale Pending
A very rare voluminous Tsubo of unusual design covered in green glaze splashed with pink about the rim from the Toyoraku kilns outside Nagoya. A black lacquered wooden lid covers the opening. It is stamped on the base, and comes enclosed in a sturdy wooden box. The shape is unique, and it was likely used for dry goods storage. It is 11-1/2 inches (29.5 cm) tall, 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) diameter with no cracks or chips. There are a few scratches in the green glaze, consistent with use...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1401571 (stock #TCR6945)
The Kura
$750.00
A pair of Toyoraku style (Horaku) pottery hi-ire braziers with crackled pale glaze inside, outside covered in black lacquer, one inlayed with mother of pearl plum blossoms, the other gold and red lacquered chrysanthemum. The Chrysanthemum is accompanied by the Imperial Nobori-Kiri Crest on a soft, chocolate brown lacquer with gold rim, the plum shimmering purple on midnight black. One is slightly larger than the other, averaging about 12 cm (4-5/8 inches) tall...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1401534 (stock #TCR6945)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
A rare 19th century Seto-oribe dish covered in green copper glaze sculpted with a man in a boat among tempestuous waves. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, and in overall excellent condition, with some minor chips along the rim typical of use. This was possibly an oil dish, or more likely a tile for placing under a ryoro brazier for tea.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1492 item #1401442 (stock #TCR6942)
The Kura
$700.00
Ash clings viciously to the surface of this large excavated bowl dating from the Late Heian to early Kamakura period (12th to 13th century). It is 30 cm (12 inches) diameter, enclosed in a custom made Kiri-wood collectors box.
Tokoname is one of the 6 ancient kilns, and the most prolific, its wares exported all over Japan from the Heian era. Until they developed overtime their own styles, almost all potteries from the other 5 ancient kilns started out in imitation of Tokoname.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1910 item #1401441 (stock #MOR6941)
The Kura
$600.00
A 19th century hand-scroll featuring twelve individual Buddhist images of Ninnaji Temple in monochrome woodblock prints. The Meiji period scroll is bound with pale silk patterned with clouds and features hard-wood rollers and a bone clasp on the tie string. It is quite large, 53 cm (21 inches) wide, 479 cm (15 feet 8 inches) long and is in overall fine condition, with wear and minor marks typical of age and handling...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1401211 (stock #MOR6940)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
A Mingei style sculpture of a sake-sprite (Shojo) making off with a barrel of rice wine on his shoulder dating from the 19th century. This architectural work was likely originally part of a gate, and would have been a welcome sign to thirsty fellows after a day of work. Carved from a single piece of hard Keyaki wood, It is in excellent condition. 28 x 12 x 5 inches (71 x 13 x 13 cm). Keyaki as a wood is known for its hardness, beautiful grain and pest resistance.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1401142 (stock #TCR6939)
The Kura
$875.00
Rivulets of green glaze descend all sides of this unusually shaped jar, the bottom raw red Tamba clay dating from the Edo period. Diagonal paddle marks are clearly visible in a ring where the clay is supplanted by glaze. About the rim are four “mimi” ears for tying down the bung. The base is slightly concave and burnt to a rock like texture. The vessel is 11inches (28 cm) tall and in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, but one chip in the glaze on one of the tie points.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1401101 (stock #TCR6938)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A perfect example of the Early Edo Tea aesthetic in this Chatsubo dating from the first half of the Edo period, a splash of black over rust with a white glazed waste from the Seto region around modern day Nagoya. It comes with an ancient wooden bung and wrapping cloth. The pot is roughly 27 cm (11 inches) tall and in overall excellent condition, with typical wear around the foot. No cracks or repairs...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1400890 (stock #MOR6934)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
A set of Bronze Byobu-osae screen holders made in the shape of mountains peaked with gold gilding by metal artist Kaneya Soko (Muneyuki) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the Meiji to Taisho period (late 19th to early 20th century). Each piece is roughly 6 inches (15.5 cm) long and weighs slightly less than 1 kg (2 pounds). These would have been used on the bootom outside panels of a screen, to keep it in place.