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 : 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 : 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 #1424917 (stock #MOR7863)
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$350.00
A very unusual pair of miniature square Saka-daru sake bottles enclosed in an old custom made wooden box. Ordinarily this style bottle is quite large, used for celebrations and gatherings, these are actually individual sized, 16.8 x 5.5 x 14 cm tall (plus the spout) (6-1/2 x 2-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches). There are minor marks and wear typical of use and handling with one ding in the gold emblem on one side (see close-up photos)...
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 : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1415580 (stock #MOR7061)
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$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 : 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).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1420882 (stock #MOR7114)
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A lovely antique tray carved from a flattened roundel of bamboo, the upper inner surface with the remnants of a poem in gold calligraphy glowing softly on the dark surface, the outside retaining much of the original texture of the root. Both ends are the natural walls within the bamboo segments. It is 35 x 19 x 3 cm (14 x 7-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition. The gold glazed teapot visible for size comparison in the photographs is by the young female artist Li Tsz Mei.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1421288 (stock #TCR7117)
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Dark glaze splashed with white drapes over the raw clay of this unusually shaped Chaire Tea Container covered with the original Zogei Lid and wrapped in a brocade bag enclosed in the original buck-skin bound Kiri-wood box signed Gorei and named (appears to be) Yosetsu (lingering Snow). On the base is carved Nippon Taisho Gorei Sei (Made by Gorei in Taisho Japan (1911-1925). It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1421313 (stock #TCR7118)
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A fine Tetsu-yu glazed ceramic Cha-ire for powdered tea with the original Zogei lid wrapped in a brocade bag and enclosed in a fine Kiri-wood box. The characters “Raku” are stamped into the side, and in the raw clay of the base is impressed the seal Ishiharu. It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall, roughly 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condtion.
Kato (Houyuken) Sekishun (1870-1943) was a well known potter in the Raku tradition...
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 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...
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 #1424966 (stock #TCR7865)
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$195.00
A very unusual mingei open pot which appears to be from central Kyushu, likely Shodai-yaki dating from the 19th century. It is 21 cm (8 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter. Made in two parts, the base thrown first the sides added, the base has been sealed with pitch. Shodai ware originated about 400 years ago in northern Kumamoto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1424918 (stock #TCR7864)
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$240.00
Two small open jars from Northern Japan, the dark blue with seafoam rim of Tsutsumi ware from Sendai and the pale cream supplanted by sea green with iron rim of Kasama (both from the Tohoku region). The blue piece is early 20th century Tsutsumi yaki, and is in excellent condition. The finer grained Kasama pot is 19th century and has had a sealant applied to the basin and over two cracks at the rim for waterproofing. Roughly 12.5 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall, the same diameter.
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...
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...