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 1900 item #1403929 (stock #MOR6962)
The Kura
$320.00
Four Edo period Votive placks offered as talismans to shrines to garner favor from the gods. These miniature placks can still be seen today at shrines throughout the country, hanging from tree branches or special palisades made especially for their display. Two of these feature a woman praying, one a pair of ogres, the last a holy horse. Mineral pigment on wood, the central panels measure roughly 17 to 20 cm wide (6-1/2 to 8 inches) each.
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
Sold, with thanks!
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
sold, with thanks!
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1400882 (stock #TCR6933)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
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...
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
sold, with thanks!
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. She was born in Saitama and studied init...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1400606 (stock #TCR6926)
The Kura
$450.00
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. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall, roughly the same di...
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. It ...
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. There are a ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1400094 (stock #TCR6774)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
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
Sale Pending
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. He studied painting under his father Ba Doryo (Also us...
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
Sale Pending
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. These were sold by Dawsons Book S...
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
sold, with thanks!
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. Quite a lovely piece...
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...