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 : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1401211 (stock #MOR6940)
The Kura
$888.00
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
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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
$420.00
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1400882 (stock #TCR6933)
The Kura
$995.00
Hints of the finest powdered gold gleam on the edges of this ghostly white tea bowl dating from the early Edo period. Iron-like freckles pepper the surface which is subtly clouded with soft color. The base is almost entirely covered in glaze, the glimpses of earth worn dark with age and use. It comes wrapped in a silk bag with an age darkened kiri wood box titled Hagi Chawan and named within Kan-no-yuki annotated by Yabunouchi Chikusojochi (1864-1942) 11th head of the Yabunouchi school of tea...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1400762 (stock #SAR6932)
The Kura
$7,400.00
Dragons in gold and silver proliferate on the five iron plates of this unusual Samurai Cuirass dating from the mid Edo period (18th c,). The right-side hinged plates are split into top and bottom, kept fast with a chord on top, and a hinged locking door on bottom. Suspended from the waste are five rows of black lacquered Kusazuri. Made for an adult, it is in overall fine condition, with a few severed chords typical of age and some wear to the cloth shoulder plates.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1400760 (stock #MOR6931)
The Kura
$800.00
The seed pod of the lotus flower droops down onto the broad green leaf as its edges curl and the vibrant green goes slowly to brown, a beautiful rendering of the cycle of life expertly chiseled from thin wood. It is 19 inches (48.5 cm) long and in excellent condition, dating from the first third of the 20th century.
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 : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1400658 (stock #J033)
The Kura
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A young girl reaches up to steady herself on a branch laden with plum buds, not yet ready to open, as she presses down on the ice with her bright red shoes. This is an absolutely darling image by Chishima Kayo, which came to us as a silk makuri (never having been mounted) painting, which our restorer placed in this natural field allowing the painting to show itself.
Chishima Kayo (b. 1890) was a female artist of the Meiji to early Showa periods...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1400606 (stock #TCR6926)
The Kura
$450.00
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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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1400605 (stock #TCR6925)
The Kura
$650.00
An Oribe revival dish in the shape of a boldly decorated leaf dating from the later 19th century and enclosed in an age darkened Kiri-wood box titled Oribe Ha-gata Hachi. It is just under 8 inches (20 cm) across and in surprisingly excellent condition. A range of motifs separated by bold swatches of green decorate the piece on all surfaces but the base.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1400498 (stock #TCR6924)
The Kura
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A rare set of five tiny Gosu cups for drinking Gyokuro steaped tea from the Shidehara kiln of Sanda in Hyogo prefecture dating from mid to later 19th century (Late Edo to Meiji). Fish circle the cups as they swim among water plants. Each cup is 2 inches (5 cm) diameter and in great condition.
Shidehara was a kiln established in the Sanda district of Hyogo prefecture in the mid 18th century. They created works based on continental styles of Gosu, Sometsuke, aka-e and later celadon...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1400094 (stock #TCR6774)
The Kura
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Remnants of yellow glaze covers this Heishi (Heiji) bottle form from the Owari-Seto area engraved clearly about the neck with three lines. A quintessential Kamakura pot. There is much degradation to the glaze typical of Seto which has withstood a millennium of earthquake, fire, war and abuse. That anything survives so long in Japan is miraculous. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall, 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter and comes wrapped in old cloth in an old wooden box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1400074 (stock #F081)
The Kura
$1,100.00
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An Edo period image of plums blossoming on thick branches by Kitayama Kangan. Ink on paper in a patterned cloth mounting with beige piping in the Mincho style so popular int eh 19th century and featuring bone rollers. It is 21-1/2 x 78-1/2 inches (55 x 199 cm). Some minor loss to the piping at the top of the scroll, otherwise in surprisingly good condition.
Kitayama Kangan (Ba Moki, 1767-1801) was the grandson of a Chinese émigré...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1400030 (stock #TCR4798)
The Kura
$850.00
Heavily textured ash clings to the raw clay surface of this excavated Japanese bowl. A kiln flaw, it was likely discarded, only to be re-discovered some centuries later. One side has been re-attached, and two kiln flaws filled. Although possibly late Heian, it is certainly no later than the early Kamakura, and we are dating it thus (11th - early 13th century). 11-1/2 x 12-1/2 x 4 inches (29 x 32 x 10 cm) and comes in a fine modern kiri-wood box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1400029 (stock #AOR6920)
The Kura
$850.00
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Two mid-Edo period (18th century) handscrolls depicting food preparation for weddings and ceremonial occasions. The first is the Shijo School Shiki-zen no zu, or images of food placement on trays for wedding banquets dated Anei 3 (1774). The second is the Ookusa Ryu Shiki-zen no Zu, also images of food placement on trays for wedding dinners according to the Ookusa school. Each scroll bears a collection stamp at the beginning which appears to read J Wightnan...
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 : 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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1399823 (stock #MOR6916)
The Kura
$495.00
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A double gourd shaped Sake kettle of what appears to be cast pewter with a tin-plated copper base and featuring a brass handle and lid dating from the Meiji period enclosed in an age darkened wooden box. There is a cast mark along the base by the maker (illegible). The raised arabesques on the outside are a very unusual feature, and close inspection reveals the file marks and irregularities of the artisans hands. The kettle is 16 cm (6 inches) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1399619 (stock #L001)
The Kura
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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). It is 16 x 79 inches (41 x 200 cm) and in excellen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1399533 (stock #TCR6914)
The Kura
$950.00
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A Superb example of the Echizen style from the First half of the Edo period (likely later 17th to early 18th century) covered in flowing rivers of green glaze and deep charring. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall, 10 inches (25 cm) diameter and in fine condition but for a glaze chp to the inside of the rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1399171 (stock #TCR6909)
The Kura
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A set of five memezara small plates impressed with a design and covered in burnt orange and green glaze akin to Izumo Yaki (specifically Fujina-yaki) dating from the Bunka era (1804-1818). One is signed Sochu-sei and dated, the date appears to correspond with 1814. Each is 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) diameter and all are in fine condition, enclosed in a heavy modern kiri-wood box. There is one firing crack, and there is wear to the raised design from stacking.
Fushina-yaki (also Fujina) was t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1399111 (stock #TCR6908)
The Kura
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A lovely hand formed bowl in the shape of an inverted mushroom with brush strokes (Kushi-me) defining the gills and the bulbous stipe laying like a handle to one side. A speckled yellow glaze (typical of Maiko) covers the sandy clay, with a drape of green and white seeping like milk from one side. It is roughly 21 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, stamped on the base Mahiko (In traditional writing the character for Hi is interchangeable with the character for I as is Fu and U)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1398914 (stock #MOR6905)
The Kura
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A lovely bun-shaped soba-green koro with carved wooden lid by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, the same height. The combination of rosewood lid and green body is strongly influenced by Chinese models. The finial is in the shape of a linghi cluster of mushrooms.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Court by the tenth generation...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1398422 (stock #SOR6903)
The Kura
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A mid Edo period (16th to 17th century) five plate cuirass (go-mai-do) of heavy iron emblazoned on front with a sun and moon in inlayed silver over the fierce god Fudomyo with protective sanskjrit characters in silver damascene on the sides and a five character phrase (The Gotoku or five precepts of Confucianism, also espoused in the book of five rings) on back, also in silver. It is lacquered red inside, and about the waste hang rows of black lacquered scales laced in blue with color fleckedwh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1398421 (stock #MOR6902)
The Kura
$580.00
A bronze boxed inlayed with silver, shakudo and other precious metals by the Hattori Tokei Ten, preeminent purveyors of art in the ritzy Ginza district of Tokyo. In the sides are engraved an image of telegraph poles with wire strung between, an unusual theme today but one that would have been at the forefront of modernity in the opening years of 20th century Japan. The box is 13 x 9.5 x 4 cm (5 x 4 x 1-1.2 inches) and is in overall excellent condition.Into the base is engraved upon the 20th an...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1398420 (stock #TCR6901)
The Kura
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A ceramic bowl in pale crackled glaze decorated with blue waves by Teishitsu Gigei-in (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 19.5 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
The Ito family, spanned three generations. Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began his artistic career studying painting in the Shijo manner under Koizumi Togaku before moving to the plastic arts under a number of teachers, including Takahashi Dohachi. He began usi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1398332 (stock #MOR6896)
The Kura
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A pair of beautifully lacquered haisen bowls on trays dating from the opening years of the 20th century enclosed in a custom compartmentalized storage box titled Maki-e Dai-tsuki Haisen and bearing a collection inventory paper from the Muragishi family on front. Haisen were used to wash the sake cup between drinks when a single cup is shared among people. Outside both are austere polished black on matching trays with slight variation in rim design. Within the first bowl is decorated with styl...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1398237 (stock #MOR6892)
The Kura
$4,000.00
A heavy hand-forged iron Zunari Kabuto of five overlapping plates marked with six bullet dents from testing dating from the Edo period. The bowl is covered in thin russet colored lacquer which has worn to spectacular effect. It features a 5 lame black lacquered Shikoro neck defense laced with green silk chord and a dual prong maedate stand extending from the mabizashi (frontal plate). Inside is an indigo blue ukebari cloth liner edged with patterned leather. The most forward part of the fron...
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1397903 (stock #MOR6889)
The Kura
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The full moon glowing in shimmering gold illuminates the silver blossoms adorning the ragged plum tree growing along the river bank, a superb lacquer box dating from the 19th century enclosed in a period wooden box titled Plum & Moon Maki-e Suzuri Bako. Inside the lid the stream continues, running past golden rocks and young flora reaching for the moon. Contained within is a grinding stone with gilded edges and a blossom shaped suiteki water-dropper inset into a raft structure upon which the b...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1397504 (stock #TCR6887)
The Kura
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A hard to find Chawan from the karatsu kilns with a Snake Scorpion (Dakatsu or Jakatsu) coating of crawling glaze in chocolate-brown over dark clay dating from the mid to late 19th century (Meiji period, 1868-1912). It is 10.5 cm (4-1/4 inches) diameter, 8 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition, wrapped in a custom made silk-lined brocade bag in a custom fitted wooden box.
Jakatsu-yu (literally Snake and Scorpion Glaze) is a rare form of glaze fired mostly on Karatsu, but also see...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1397483 (stock #F077)
The Kura
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A fine rendition of a plum by Tanaka (Zuitai) Ryurei (commonly known as Ryudojin, 1740-1804)). Ink on paper, it has been fully remounted in a silk frame with wooden rollers reflecting the original style. The scroll is 12-1/2 x 70 inches (31.5 x 178 cm).
Ryudojin was born in Owari, near modern day Nagoya. He is referred to also as Ryurei Zuitai and or Ryudo Reizui or simply Ryurei. Born into the Tanaka family, he was sent to the priesthood at Reigenji at the age of 11. Then he went to...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1397320 (stock #TCR6885)
The Kura
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A rabbit starts, one paw frozen in the air, as it listens intently, a captivating image stamped on the base Nanki Zuishido Sei (the Niwa-yaki pottery of the Kii branch of the Tokugawa Shogun). The nimble creature is 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition, enclosed in a period kiri-wood box. A label attributes the work to Ryozen. Nishimura Ryozen, later known as Eiraku Zengoro X, (1770-1841) was the 10th head of the Eiraku family, who helped to restore the family fortunes after the d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1397042 (stock #F094)
The Kura
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A vigorous plum rise before the full moon on this Zen inspired image signed Chikugai performed simply with ink on silk in a kinrande border with wood rollers. To the left a Kanshi poem is scrawled in admiration of the moonlit flowers.
The plum blossoms hither, branches sagging to the ground.
Such a wonder!
The holly (also in bloom) stands tall blocking my view.
From the cloudless sky moonlight touches all.
It is good!
The scroll is 22 x 81 inches (56 x 205 c...