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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1337031 (stock #TCR5213)
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Otafuku, the embodiment of feminine warmth, smiles softly as she draws her robes up, a large pottery figure by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I. An identical image with overglaze enamel decorations is visible in the 1929 posthumous exhibition catalog (Copies included). It is over 15 inches (39 cm) tall. There is a chip in the base near the left foot (see pictures)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1367251 (stock #TCR6541)
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A sake cup and incense box by Kyoto artists, the cup by Gochiku decorated with a mountain scene by the famous Literati artist Hattori Goro (Gorosanjin), both enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes also endorsed by Goro. The cup is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and both are in fine condition.
Hattori Goro (1869-1930) was a Nanga painter born in Yamagata whose atelier fostered a great many prominent artists of the 20th century including one of my personal favorites Shirakura Jiho...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1333287 (stock #TCR5156)
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A set of five sencha steeped tea tea cups by the first Suwa Sozan decorated with three seasonal or auspidcious fruits and a poem by famed literatus Tomioka Tessai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Each cup is 2-1/4 x 2 inches (5.7 x 5 cm) and is in fine condition.
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1346740 (stock #TCR5350)
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A soft blue-gray defines the imagery of bamboo growing up the white porcelain body of this vase by Miyagawa Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box and retaining the original rose-wood stand. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in fine 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 head of the Kyoto pottery family Miyagawa Chozo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1329883 (stock #TCR5146)
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A Tenryuji Celadon Koro titled Seiji Rakushiki Koro wrapped in a crepe-silk bag painted by Literati Master Tomioka Tessai and enclosed in a wooden box, both titled Seiji Rakushiki Koro. The crisp green body is surmounted by a silver lattice Hoya. It is 4 inches (10.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1358016 (stock #TCR6442)
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An Asahi-yaki Chawan Tea Bowl decorated with a verse and ragged plum sweeping over the rim by Obaku Zen priest Shiseki Renshu (1842-1914). The bowl is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is in excellent condition. Shisseki was born in modern day Fukuoka in the late Edo period, the son of a painter. He studied at Chonichi-ji in Fukuoka. He would rise to be the 44th head of Manpukuji, the head temple of the Obaku Zen sect...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1342929 (stock #SAR5305)
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A matching Edo period Myochin signed Go-mai-do Gusoku yoroi lacquered black and threaded with blue chord emblazoned with a seven star crest. It features a 24 plate suji kabuto with elaborate tehen kanamomo signed Myochin Ki Munemasa saku. The blossoming Shikoro features large back-turned Fukigaeshi and mabizashi covered in leather and also emblazoned with the seven star crest. Inserted in front is a sharp kuwa-gata maedate...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1366091 (stock #ALR6505)
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$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 : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355420 (stock #ALR6406)
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$600.00
A single stroke of ink forms a writhing dragon on this Zen scroll by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a rough silk border with wood rollers dated Taisho 9 (1920). It is 44 x 196 cm (17-1/2 x 77 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1366364 (stock #TCR6506)
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$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 1800 item #1336471 (stock #MBR5204)
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A large 17th to 18th century Buddhist sculpture of a Rakan (arahat), well sculpted, his naked torso gilded in gold with robes and shoes in black lacquer, carrying a large urn which is an active incense burner. The sculpture is 2 feet (61 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. There are minor losses to the lacquer and gilding typical of age, and a repair to his left foot. Both little fingers are missing from his hands; these could be repaired if desired at additional cost.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1361677 (stock #TCR6471)
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Copper green and dark iron decorate the pale glazed sides of this exquisite box dating from the early Edo period (17th century) wrapped in a silk lined sarasa bag and enclosed in a black lacquered wood box. It is 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) square, roughly 3 inches (7 cm) tall and in overall fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1328205 (stock #ANR5117)
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Koi in ink and brushes of gold swim effortlessly on the surface of this pair of paintings by 19th century artist Watanabe Kiyoshi mounted on applied silver foil and enclosed in a black lacquered wooden frame...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1367249 (stock #TCR6540)
The Kura
$580.00
An iron ring protrudes from the back for hanging, or it can stand on the flat base. A thick blast of dark ash clings to the front, adding a shine around the rim of this fine 18th century (Edo period) Bizen vessel for use in the tea room. It is 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1367657 (stock #AMR6543)
The Kura
$760.00
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Two sets of painted alcove doors remounted onto makimono hand scrolls dated summer of 1864 and signed Miya Denchi, one of a dozen betsu-go (alternative names) of the famed 19th century literati Tanomura Chokunyu. The smaller scroll is total length of 353 cm (11 feet 4 inches), 31 cm (12 inches) wide, painting length 177 cm (70 inches). It is bound in patterned silk and bordered in white satin patterned with dragons among clouds, featuring ivory rollers. The larger scroll is total length 521 c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1352390 (stock #TCR6383)
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A ceramic cover for a tea room brazier in the shape of a devil dressed in priests robes dated and annotated within. Dating from the Ansei era, inside it is annotated by Daiko Sogen (1772-1860), 435th head of Daitokuji. Well known for his poetry and mastery of the Tea Ceremony, he taught Zen to Eiraku Hozen, and was compatriot to Gengensai. It is 34.5 x 34.5 x 30 cm (13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 12 inches) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1366934 (stock #MOR6531)
The Kura
$650.00
A Hiji-kake arm rest made of precious Kuwa or Nara wood (mulberry or Japanese Oak) decorated with royal Shichi-go Nobori-Kiri crests in gold maki-e and enclosed in an ancient wooden box. It is 51 cm long, 23 cm tall and in fine condition, with one old scratch in the arm (see photos).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355481 (stock #ALR6407)
The Kura
$650.00
An enso Zen circle encompassing nothing and everything, by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a silk border with black lacquer rollers. The scroll is 62.2 x 119.5 cm (24-1/2 x 47 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa. After a brief period at Empukuji in Kyoto, he moved to Yokohama and received inka from Nakahara Nantenb...