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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1354449 (stock #TCR6396)
The Kura
$700.00
Iris in dark iron decorate the crackled pale glaze of this Edo period platter featuring striking gold repairs and enclosed in a custom made period wooden box of thick kiri wood titled E-Seto Sara. The quality of the gold and repairs is singular in execution. That of a very skilled craftsman. The gold shimmers softly in tiny chips and dings around the rim, and in one corner a dollop of Oribe Green grows like moss on the rim, a hint of spring in the air. The dish is 9-1/4 (23.5 cm) square.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1354448 (stock #TCR6395)
The Kura
$220.00
A scene befitting the Daimyo, a regal person and his attendants are conveyed by ship through verdant islands under a clear sky. This set of five dishes comes from the Feudal kiln of the Ikeda clan. Each is roughly 6 inches (15.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition. There is one tiny chip in one, and a couple of hairline fractures along the rim of another. Otherwise they are in quite good condition, with only a couple of firing flaws in the rims (see close-up photos)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1354247 (stock #TCR6393)
The Kura
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A large set of porcelain shrine guardians in the form of Inari on pedestals decorated with over-glaze enamels and gold. Inari, the magical fox holds one paw over a burning jewel, and each clutches a precious object in its mouth. They are roughly 4 x 6-1/2 x 13-1/2 inches (34 x 17 x 10 cm). There is a hairline crack in one on the back shoulder and up the back of one base. These do not affect the integrity of the pieces.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1354118 (stock #TCR6392)
The Kura
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A small house shaped incense burner by Mashimizu Zoroku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuzuya Koro. Inside the roof is visible cloth patterns where it was formed over wet sack-cloth. The outside has been scraped with a comb to resemble thatch. Inside a window a scholar gazes out, perhaps expecting a guest, or just contemplating the seasonal changes from the warmth of his abode. It is roughly 10.5 x 9 x 10.5 cm (4 x 3-1/2 x 4 inches) and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1354097 (stock #ANR6391)
The Kura
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Mountains crowned with white snow rise majestically over the misty waters of a winter lake surrounded in dark pine and cedar on this Superb landscape by Nomura Bunkyo. Ink and light color on silk with powdered gold mist. The mounting is all original and top quality, brilliant blue silk border on front in black lacquer frame with fine bronze hardware and entirely backed in patterned blue satin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1353469 (stock #MOR6389)
The Kura
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A sake set consisting of tray, dishes sake server, sake cup stand and three sake cups, made of wood and coated in lacquer to intimate bamboo. The three stacking sake cups are decorated with fortuitous images of soaring crane and pines. A lot of work went into making this set, dating from the Meiji period. The footed tray s 17-1/2 x 12 x 2-1/2 inches (45 x 30 x 6.5 cm) and all are in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1353076 (stock #ANR6388)
The Kura
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A brilliant set of 12 paintings dating from the Taisho period by Aida Michihiko, each delineating the progress of seasons in soft pastels mounted as a pair of low six panel screens. The coloring and style could hardly get anymore “Taisho” than this. Pigment on paper each scene is mounted in its own frame of blue patterned silk. Each screen is 322 x 140 cm (127 x 55 inches) and both screens are in overall fine condition. Every scene is titled...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1353075 (stock #ANR6388)
The Kura
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A brilliant set of 12 paintings dating from the Taisho period by Aida Michihiko, each delineating the progress of seasons in soft pastels mounted as a pair of low six panel screens. The coloring and style could hardly get anymore “Taisho” than this. Pigment on paper each scene is mounted in its own frame of blue patterned silk. Each screen is 322 x 140 cm (127 x 55 inches) and both screens are in overall fine condition. Every scene is titled...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1353073 (stock #MOR5375)
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A raw cedar plank (Ita-zara) decorated with a poem and image of a river berm by Otagaki Rengetsu. It is 6-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches (17 x 13.5 cm) and in fine condition, with a cloud in the upper left center where the sweet cake would have been placed. For a similar set see the collection of the Museum DKM (Duisburg, Germany) or the book Black Robe White Mist (ISBN9780652541390) page 39 figure 47.
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu...
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1352787 (stock #MOR6385)
The Kura
$385.00
Two distinct gilded and lacquered Kashibachi sweets dishes dating from the later Meiji to Taisho periods representing the diversity of design and accentuation of nature which defined Japanese design in the late 19th and early 20th century. The first, by one of Kyotos most prestigious lacquer studios, Heian Zohiko, is mirror black in the shape of a chrysanthemum. Expertly crafted and enclosed in the original signed wooden box, it is roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1351918 (stock #TCR6380)
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A black Raku fluted bowl stampd on base with a copper insert and copper lid in shape of a court cap pierced with smoke tendrils enclosed in an age darkened wooden box titled simply Kamuri Gata Koro (Hat Shaped Incense Burner). The seal on the base appears to be that of the 9th generation Raku master, Ryonyu 1756–1834. The koro is 5-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 8 inches (13.5 x 11 x 19 cm) and is in excellent condition. The “ears” are 14 inches (36 cm) across).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1351850 (stock #MOR6381)
The Kura
$240.00
An antique iron votive candlestand hand forged in Japan in the opening years of the twentieth century. It is 46 cm (18 inches) tall and in fine condition. On one side is engraved Ito Kiyouemon. Opposite 8th Month Taisho 4 (1915).
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1351724 (stock #TCR6379)
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A beautifully crafted 19th century bottle likely from the Takatori region of Kyushu enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Kyushu-gama Tokkuri (Flask from Kyushu Kiln). On the side is written Utsutsugawa-kama. Utsutsugawa-yaki can encompass the modern Gagyu Kilns, Takatori and possibly those of Agano. It is a truly exquisite form 11 inches (28.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1351723 (stock #TCR5094)
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A pair of gorgeous Meiji period vases from the Kyushu kilns of Takatori enclosed in a superb compartmentalized cross-cut-cedar wood box. They are roughly 12 inches (30 cm) tall each and in fine condition.
Takatori Yaki was started by Korean potters brought over to Japan during the invasion of Korea in the Momoyama period...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1351137 (stock #MOR6378)
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A water-worn bowl of natural wood lacquered inside with black and gilded, leaving black lacquer on the rim, to create a startling contrast between the mirror like black, shining gold and ancient weathered wood. It is enclosed in a period wooden box titled Jidai Kihachi Sunabachi (antique Wooden Sunabachi Bowl). It measures 34.5 x 30 x 11 cm (14 x 12 x 4 inches). There are two hairline cracks in the gold (see photos).