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 : 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...
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...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1398421 (stock #MOR6902)
The Kura
$580.00
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1397039 (stock #MOR6882)
The Kura
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A set of 10 turned wood serving plates decorated with the full moon rising over a pine tree on wiped on lacquer finish revealing a fine straight grain enclosed in a wooden box titled Meiji 3 (1870) and titled simply Kashizara (sweets dish). The work is performed with dark lacquer highlighted with flakes of gold, the moon of silver powder. Each is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1396935 (stock #MOR6881)
The Kura
$450.00
A subtle vase carved with a dragon in crashing waves signed on the base and enclosed in the original artist signed wooden box titled Hanaike Mokucho. Highly stylized, the name appears to be Zesai. It is carved from a single block of wood with a custom made brass insert. The vase stands 26.5 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1396897 (stock #TCR6880)
The Kura
$1,150.00
A rare work by Hatta Sogaku decorated with raised goldfish among water plants stamped on the base and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The round form rises and swirls into a slightly fluted six sided rim. It is 30.5 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition, containing a (removable) brass liner. Hatta Sogaku (active in the early 20th century) was an artist from Kanazawa (Kutani region) trained under Suwa Sozan (from whom he takes his first character) who often studied and trav...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1396747 (stock #MOR6878)
The Kura
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Two boys wrestle, one gaining advantage for a throw, a fine wooden sculpture signed simply underneath with the family name Yokoyama and place Etchu Inami. It is 8 x 5-1/2 x 7 inches (19 x 14 x 17 cm) and likely dates from the Taisho to early Showa era, c. 1920. Inami is a town famous for wood carving in Toyama prefecture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1396746 (stock #MOR6877)
The Kura
$790.00
A pair of opulent boxes made from the gilded ceiling planks of 16th century Kodaiji Temple in the Eastern Mountains of Kyoto city, home to the remains of the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The ancient planks have been covered in lacquer and gilded with genuine gold, which has worn away from age to spectacular effect. An inscription on the bottom of each box appears to be dated Meiji Dai-go Haru Sangatsu (Spring of 1882) and signed by the Sosui Shujin (Master of the Sosui) Above the lake Tensu-o (...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1396636 (stock #TCR6876)
The Kura
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An elegant Edo period Mokko-Gata bowl decorated in gosu floral motifs over yellow under a clear glaze from the kiln established by Chinese Ming émigré Chin Genpin (Chen Yuanyun 1587-1671) around 1660 in Nagoya under direction of the Daimyo of Owari Province Tokugawa Mitsutomo. The piece makes use of Seto clay covered in a combination of imported yellow glaze and local glazes mimicking the popular Annan Yaki of Southern China and Vietnam. It is 15.5 x 11 x 7 cm (6 x 4-1/2 x 3 inches) and is i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1396484 (stock #TCR6874)
The Kura
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Loops of white decorate the dark pitted glaze of this quashed bowl from the kilns of Kyushu dating from the early to mid Edo period. The small foot is testament to dating, and there is much natural wear to the dark glaze. The vessel is 14 x 10 x 6 cm (5-1/2 x 4 x 2-1/2 inches) with an age darkened chip in the rim where it rolls over on itself. It comes in a silk bag enclosed in a black lacquered antique wood box. It comes from a collection of Edo pottery, and inside the box is a receipt desc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1396422 (stock #TCR6873)
The Kura
$475.00
White straw ash dribbled onto the yellow glaze forms a pair of fat exclamation points, or is it genies coming out of bottles in tandem? Whatever you see, this is a great example of Edo period Shodai Yaki pottery, one of the important origins of the modern concept of Mingei. Blanks in the glaze are formed where other pieces stood during firing, ghosts from the kiln. The dish is 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) diameter and comes enclosed in an old custom fitted wood box. It comes from a collection of Edo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1396392 (stock #TCR6621)
The Kura
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Pines grow stoutly on hillocks surrounding a lea sheltered in the mountains decorating the body of this Sometsuke porcelain by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Outside the box is titled Kabin (vase), Inside is written Seika Sansui-ga It is 10 inches (25 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
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 h...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1396368 (stock #MOR6871)
The Kura
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Peaches, favorite of the immortals, decorate in cobalt the brilliant yellow surface of this squat vase by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ki-yu Seika Momo-no-e (Yellow glaze with Cobalt Peach Image). It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition signed on the base in a chattered circle Makuzu Kozan Saku. The box has old tape on the corners.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1396291 (stock #TCR6869)
The Kura
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Pierce-work combined with over and under glaze decoration create the perfect picture of spring on this bowl by Takahashi Dohachi enclosed in the original wooden box signed Kachutei Dohachi and titled Kenzan Yo Tsubaki Bori Hachi (Kenzan style Camelia patterned Carved Bowl). It is 20 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by the retainer of Kameyama fief, Dohachi I around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1396210 (stock #TCR6868)
The Kura
$525.00
A beautiful bowl by Ito Tozan I festooned with a willow tree in cobalt and iron under crackled Kyo-yaki –glaze with accents of over-glaze gold enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 18.5 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter. It has acquired some discoloration over time, one darker circle like the shadow of the moon around which fly sparrows, harbingers of Spring. The box lid has been broken once and glued back together and the bottom of the box has some insect damage along the adges.. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1396120 (stock #MOR6867)
The Kura
$1,650.00
A pair of bronze Usubata vases standing on a triad of baku (dream eater) feet dramatically crafted with relief work of saintly figures among trees, clouds engrave4d into the upper basins outside with long tailed phoenix and peony inside. 23.5 cm (9 inches) diameter, 35 cm (14 inches) tall. Overall they are in excellent condition, one has a dent in the upper basin.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1396004 (stock #MOR6866)
The Kura
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An lightly glazed incense burner in the form of a chicken and chick inside a bamboo basket. The top of the chicken lifts out revealing the incense compartment. It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall (12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter. There are a two shallow chips where the birds body comes together (see close-ups) otherwise is in fine condition. Although works like this are notoriously difficult to identify for certain, the gritty aspect of the clay under the glaze is reminiscent of Izushi-yaki.
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1395981 (stock #MOR6865)
The Kura
$500.00
A carved wooden Buddhist stand in the shape of a lotus blossom over a cupped leaf. This exemplifies the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, not only in that the lotus leaf itself is such a symbol as it begins to degrade even as the flower comes into bloom, but also that this piece is entirely about texture and patina, the wood much worn from its great age. Three holes in the top once held something, likely a tri-legged bronze koro, which is no longer present. Carved from hardwood, it was likely once gild...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1395771 (stock #TCR6861)
The Kura
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A six sided porcelain Koro decorated in under-glaze blue cobalt with plum blossoms around pierced lattice panels. It is 22 cm (9 inches) tall and in excellent condition, dating from the early 20th century. In excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1395763 (stock #ANR6860)
The Kura
$7,000.00
Crested blackbirds abound on this playful image by Utsumi Kitsudo (Kichido) mounted as a six panel screen dating from the late Meiji period. It is performed with ink, pigment and applied gold flake on paper in a silk border with black lacquered wooden frame. The signature and seals are consistent with work created around the turn of the century. The screen measures 68 x 144-1/2 inches (173 x 367 cm) and is in exceptional condition.
Utsumi Kichido (Kitsudo, 1850-1925) was born in Fukui p...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1395683 (stock #MOR6858)
The Kura
$550.00
Golden ripples emanate from the rim of this Meiji period Bamboo vase enclosed in a period kiri-wood box. It has been lacquered black on the base, edges and inside, with maki-e ripples on which float silver balls. The vase is 36 cm tall and in overall fine condition. Although stable, I do not recommend this for a dry climate.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1395672 (stock #MOR6857)
The Kura
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A superb wrinkled root-ball wrapped around a stone known in Japanese as Ishigami (biting stone) in the shape of the Daruma, legendary founder of Zem Buddhism. These natural objects are highly prized, expressing a sense of the accidental and the power of nature in the face of man’s vain attempts at control. This one is rather large, at 18 x 15 x 16.5 cm (7 x 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches). Ishigami are also called Ishikui (eating Stone) or Ishidake (holding stone).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1395606 (stock #TCR6856)
The Kura
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A round “Cricket Cage” pierced porcelain Koro decorated in under-glaze blue cobalt with frets and floral motifs. In the center is a bowl for containing the incense cone. It is 18 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, dating from the late 19th to early 20th century, Meiji to Taisho period.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1395553 (stock #TCR6855)
The Kura
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A stately vase of finely crackled earth-tones decorated in under-glaze with pines and over-glaze gold mist by Imperial artisan Ito Tozan. The vase is 25 cm (10 inches) tall and in excellent condition. On the base it is both signed and stamped.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for the imperi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1395493 (stock #MOR6854)
The Kura
$650.00
A very unusual theme of a Chinese boy flying a kite emblazoned with the character Ryu (Dragon) in dark bronze with gold highlights, a style popular in the first quarter of the 20th century. It is signed on the base Takashi, and is in excellent condition. It is 28.5 cm (11-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, enclosed in a period wooden box.