The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their patience during the last few months since the Kumamoto Earthquake. Robert has been working with disaster relief group IDRO Japan in the earthquake affected areas of Kumamoto, and this has caused some delays in listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. For more on these efforts see IDRO Japan on Facebook.
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 : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1356114 (stock #MOR6416)
The Kura
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A carved wooden figure covered in translucent red lacquer representing the Jolly Saint Hotei (Putai) holding an incense burner in one hand. It is 54 x 32 x 27 cm, (21 x 12-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with some losses to the lacquer around the bottom typical of age and use...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1361367 (stock #AOR6461)
The Kura
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A view of Gyeongbok Palace Royal Library (Jipokjae) by Kaneko Tamotsu exhibited at the 2nd Teiten National Exhibiton in Taisho 9 (1920). Oil on canvas in the original gilt-frame. The frame is 113 x 140 x 7.5 cm (44-1/2 x 55 x 3 inches); the canvas is 91 x 117 cm (36 x 46 inches). There is some loss to the oils from time...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1356979 (stock #TCR6421)
The Kura
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An important figure of the protector deity Kannon in raw clay and celadon glaze by Suwa Sozan 1 enclosed in the original signed wooden box annotated by Takeda Mokurai, priest of Kenninji Temple, attesting to the fact this piece was exhibited in his posthumous exhibition of works held at Kenninji in 1925, drawing on pieces from the personal collections of close friends and compatriots in the Literati world, including Mokurai himself and Tomioka Tessai (A copy of the catalog page is included)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1357855 (stock #ANR6435)
The Kura
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A very rare screen depicting a unit of Japanese soldiers charging the walls at the battle of Pyongyang during the Sino Japanese War (1894-1895). Mineral pigments on silk mounted on gold in the original black lacquered wooden frame. It is 171.5 x 189 cm (67.5 x 74.5 inches) and in overall fine condition with some foxing visible mostly in the whites...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1366364 (stock #TCR6506)
The Kura
$3,200.00
A Bizen Sake Flask with silver spout dating from the first half of the 16th century (Momoyama to early Edo periods) in an old wooden box annotated by Katsura Matasaburo (1901-1986), a scholar who specialized in research on the Rokkoyo or Six Ancient Kilns (Echizen, Seto Tokoname, Shigaraki, Tamba and Bizen) and published nearly 50 books and treatises on the subject between 1931 and 1983...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1366667 (stock #MOR6523)
The Kura
$2,500.00
A set of near-life-sized antique gilded wood lotuses in bronze vases, the stems still wrapped in paper revealing shimmering gold beneath. The bronze vases feature small bronze shishi lions for handles. They stand as pictured roughly 30 inches (77 cm)tall and are in overall fine condition, with oxidation to the bronze typical of age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366785 (stock #MOR6526)
The Kura
$2,400.00
An exquisitely lacquered kaiseki dinner set for five persons consisting of three types of bowls with lids (5 each), five trays, a pot for liquids with lid, a rice container with lid and rice spoon, each piece decorated with an assortment of feathers. The rice pot has mellowed to a rich chocolate brown, a reaction in the lacquer to heat. The trays are 12 inches (30 cm) wide each...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1363909 (stock #TCR6476)
The Kura
$2,300.00
A 17th century (Momoyama to Early Edo period) Kiseto koro incense burner with silvered bronze lid enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box titled in red lacquer Kiseto Marukoi Koro. A deeply incised line about the center allows the glaze to pool and waft in green clouds from it. The low base shows clearly within where it had been stacked on another piece during firing. It is 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1366091 (stock #ALR6505)
The Kura
$2,000.00
A Dojin licking Dango-treats dances in erratic dashes of soft wet lines and swift dark strokes of flying white on this vertical presentation by Edo period eccentric Doi Goga. Ink on paper it is 43 x 184.5 cm (17 x 72-1/2 inches) and has been completely remounted in dark silk with bone rollers. The creature clutches the raku-in stamp in his upper hand, the other stamps seem to follow his feet like footsteps. It comes enclosed in an age darkened wooden box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1351849 (stock #MOR5079)
The Kura
$1,800.00
A very unusual image of Daikoku, one of the seven lucky gods whose raised mallet hammers out gold coins carrying a sack of treasure on bails of rice, signed and dated Genroku 12 (1699). The signature reads Kyo-Yamashina-Ju (Resident of the capitol in Yamashina, a district of Kyoto) Saigen Saku (made by Saigen). It is carved wood covered with a type of doro-e typical of Southern Chinese or Annan style and features inlayed glass eyes...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1365964 (stock #ALR6503)
The Kura
$1,750.00
A skeleton sits among the dried grasses, alone and forgotten, perhaps reflecting on his life in this eerie painting by Buddhist priest Higuchi Ryuon dated Meiji 6 (1873). Ink on paper, it is 41.5 x 179.5 cm (16-1/4 x 70-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition and has been completely remounted in a border of two subtle shades of black with colorful piping and features black lacquered rollers with mother of pearl flakes. It comes in a kiri-wood box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1350838 (stock #MOR4667)
The Kura
$1,700.00
A pair of Geese made from gourds capped with zogei beaks and filled with tiny lead balls so that they may be balanced into any position on their root-wood base. One of the most elaborate Scholar art gourd designs I have seen. Each goose is roughly 8.5 cm and 10 cm respectively (3-1/2 and 4 inches), the base 17 x 12 cm (7 x 5 inches) and all in excellent condition, dating likely from the Meiji or opening years of the 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1365619 (stock #MOR6499)
The Kura
$1,650.00
A pair of exquisite footed lacquer boxes covered in ro-iro polished black lacquer with a floral spray in gold starting from the middle of the sides, which opens to a circular window featuring a ferocious shishi male on one in taka-makie, and a stern female shishi with her cub on the other. Both are majestically rendered. Inside gold rims and on bottom the boxes are nashiji powdered ground...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366868 (stock #MOR6529)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A set of three polished mulberry stacking trays decorated with lacquered florals with gold appliqué and gofun signed and stamped by Kamizaka Sekka, Imao Keinen and Takeuchi Seiho and enclosed in the original wooden storage box. All three teachers served as Professors at the Kyoto School of Painting. The trays are 16 x 11 x 2 inches (40 x 28 x 5 cm) to 13 x 9 x 1-1/2 inches (33 x 23 x 6 cm) and are in overall fine condition, bu for some separation at the base due to shrinkage...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366933 (stock #MOR6530)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A rich luster shines softly under the trailing vines on this ancient well wheel made of prized Keyaki wood. It is a genuine well wheel, and would have been hanging over a well with the buckets dangling from ropes below. Sometime in the distant past it was replaced, and polished and decorated with vines in precious metal powders, colored lacquers and mother of pearl inlay. It is 23 inches (58 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) thick. There are wormholes and much wear rom use...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1900 item #1367248 (stock #MOR6538)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A complete set of blocks to produce the image Beauty in the Rain by Kitagawa Utamaro, bearing the Maruichi mark beside Hitsu after the artist’s Signature. They are roughly 10 x 15 inches (25 x 38 cm) each.
Little is known of Utamaro's life. His work began to appear in the 1770s, and he rose to prominence in the early 1790s with his portraits of beauties with exaggerated, elongated features. He produced over 2000 known prints and was one of the few ukiyo-e artists to achieve fame through...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1352857 (stock #MOR6386)
The Kura
$1,375.00
A root-carving of bamboo in the form of a dragon head with a hollowed center to be used as a Mokugyo prayer bell. Making use of the natural undulations in the bamboo nodules the artist has created a fierce form. Eyes bulging, whiskers drifting alongside, it is every bit the defender of Buddhist law. The piece is 16 x 12 x 18 cm (6 x 5 x 7 inches).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1354792 (stock #MOR6399)
The Kura
$1,275.00
A large bronze water basin in the shape of a lotus leaf supported by three “Renkon” lotus root feet and upon which play frogs. Dating from the 19th century, it has acquired a lovely patina over the last century, of soft greens on richly burnished olive, and unusually, the veins are highlighted in reddish brown. It is 15 inches (38 cm) diameter, 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) tall and in fine condition.