The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholar’s realm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1264925 (stock #ANR4616)
The Kura
$3,800.00
Four ink on paper paintings of scholar items mounted on age darkened silver opposite sheer white paper clouded with gold flake by Murata Kokoku. Antique Handles adorn both sides, the sliver side of dark orbs contain a crescent moon in gold. Made for an opening roughly 68 x 112 inches (172.5 x 284.5 cm) Each door is: 28-1/2 x 68-1/2 inches (73 x 174 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1264811 (stock #ANR4615 B)
The Kura
$4,800.00
A set of four double sided Edo period Fusuma doors decorated in ink and light color on paper by two separate artists at different times. One side is painted by Nakabayashi Chikuto, the other somewhat older, unsigned but certainly by an accomplished artist blending late Kano techniques with Nanga and traces of Haiga...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1264810 (stock #ANR4615 A)
The Kura
$4,800.00
A set of four double sided Edo period Fusuma doors decorated in ink and light color on paper by two separate artists at different times. One side is painted by Nakabayashi Chikuto, the other somewhat older, unsigned but certainly by an accomplished artist blending late Kano techniques with Nanga and traces of Haiga...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1264621 (stock #MOR4597)
The Kura
$450.00
A carved wood fish gutted and drying, pierced with a hole through which a chord would have passed. It is an exceptionally long (Sashi) Netsuke and appears to be signed Shozan. Dried fish like this was typical travelling food in 19th c. Japan. It is 11 inches (18.5 cm) long and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre AD 1000 item #1264619 (stock #MOR4552)
The Kura
$800.00
A 7th to 8th century Japanese Roof Tile excavated and converted into an ink stone by carving out a grinding surface in the center, likely performed in the edo period when such things were in fashion. Traces of color where ivy had once decorated the exposed surface are still visible, and one might only imagine the palace from which such an ostentatious tile might have come. It is 25 x 20 cm (10 x 8 inches) with an arched form rising 5 cm (2 inches) to the center...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1264491 (stock #MOR4611)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A pair of Wooden doors dating from the later Meiji to Taisho period of fine clear grained panels hand-painted with butterflies, birds, and floral dials in brilliant color by Maruyama Oyo in red lacquered wooden frames retaining the original brass hardware. They are made for an opening 141.5 x 180 cm (55-3/4 x 71 inches). They are in overall fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1264490 (stock #MOR4611)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A pair of Wooden doors dating from the later Meiji to Taisho period of fine clear grained panels hand-painted with butterflies, birds, and floral dials in brilliant color by Maruyama Oyo in red lacquered wooden frames retaining the original brass hardware. They are made for an opening 141.5 x 180 cm (55-3/4 x 71 inches). They are in overall fine condition. These were acquired from a large estate along the Kamiyagawa River in Kyoto’s posh Kinugasa district...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1264452 (stock #MOR4610)
The Kura
Sale Pending
Finely molded and decorated on the deck with phoenix and on the side with waves and flying fish enclosed in a box signed Heian Juryu-Do It is 25 x 1.5 x 16 cm and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1264344 (stock #MOR4609)
The Kura
$350.00
5 brief lines of poetry like whisps of smoke impressed onto the crescent moon on this sheer white folding fan on softly glowing bamboo frame decorated by Otagaki Rengetsu. The poem reads:
noni yama ni ukarete kaerusa o neya made okuru aki no yo no tsuki
Through fields and mountains, so enchanting, on the way home
The autumn moon accompanied me, All the way to my bedroom.
It is 17-1/2 inches wide fully extended...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1264342 (stock #TCR4607)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A set of five Porcelain Tea Cups decorated by 5 individual artists from the early 20th century; Tomioka Tessai, Tajika Chikuson, Kamisaka Sekka, Imao Keinen and another as yet unidentfied artist, stamped on the base by the kiln. Each cup is uniquely hand painted by the artist; all stamped on the base by the potter, and come enclosed in a quality custom-made period wooden box. Each is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall, 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and all are in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1264223 (stock #TCR4239)
The Kura
$700.00
A scholarly landscape unfolds around this proud sometsuke porcelain tea pot by Takahashi Dohachi decorated by important artist Tomioka Tessai. The piece is signed by both artists, Dohachi within the lid, Tessai on the side. It is 8 cm tall, 5 cm diameter and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1264222 (stock #TCR4605)
The Kura
$550.00
A fly whisk Symbol of the Buddhist priest and poem decorate the side of this large bowl made by Takahashi Dohachi and decorated by Tajika Chikuson enclosed in the original wooden box signed Kachutei Dohachi. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1264218 (stock #MOR4579)
The Kura
$2,200.00
An unusual and exquisite Suzuri-Bako Writing box of rounded form containing two suzuri stones made from petrified wood and a magatama shaped silver water-dropper. A solid silver bead rim separates and protects the edges of the base and lid. Inside, reflecting the (once wooden) stones, Pine trees are performed with gold maki-e. The box is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. The large stone is for black writing ink, the small stone for red stamp ink...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1264216 (stock #MOR4604)
The Kura
$250.00
A pair of married gourds in soft, matte finish featuring polished bone or antler finials through which passes a brown silk chord. 16 inches long and 6 inches long respectively (40 cm and 15 cm). Both are in fine condition.
Gourds are rich in the traditions and symbolism of many Asian cultures, especially China and Japan...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1264121 (stock #MOR4580)
The Kura
$600.00
Antique Japanese Bokuto Dragon Shaped Doctors Sword Edo, sagemono, samurai, netsuke MOR4580 A dragon sails along, feet tucked in, mouth open in a growl…the body forming the shape of a curved short sword. It is 47 cm (19 inches) long and in overall fine condition.
It is said that these wooden swords were produced from the mid to late Edo period, in lieu of swords for those not allowed to carry weapons (all but samurai). During the Edo it is true that commoners wore them to ward ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1264120 (stock #ANR4603B)
The Kura
$2,500.00
Plums blossom across 24 panels, harbinger of Spring and a cue to the scholars it is time to end the winter isolation and set out on journeys to old acquaintances. Ink and light color on paper dated 1913 with applied gold flake in a silk border decorated with gold designs enclosed in a black lacquer wooden frame. It retains the original backing paper. The screens are 149 x 68 inches (379 x 172 cm) and in excellent condition.
Ikeda Keisen (1863-1931) worked initially under his father Iked...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1264119 (stock #ANR4603A)
The Kura
$2,500.00
Plums blossom across 24 panels, harbinger of Spring and a cue to the scholars it is time to end the winter isolation and set out on journeys to old acquaintances. Ink and light color on paper dated 1913 with applied gold flake in a silk border decorated with gold designs enclosed in a black lacquer wooden frame. It retains the original backing paper. The screens are 149 x 68 inches (379 x 172 cm) and in excellent condition.
Ikeda Keisen (1863-1931) worked initially under his father Iked...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1263993 (stock #MOR4599)
The Kura
$300.00
A large elongated gourd in mottled red-brown patina with bone bung and ox-horn ring wrapped with dark brown chord. It is 22 inches (56 cm) long and in excellent condition.