The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for thier 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 lisitng, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery for the next month, and actively seeking new stock, we do anticipate more disaster relief work after the rain season has ended in mid July. 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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1294276 (stock #MOR4269)
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Incredible attention to detail defines this large Pagoda entirely gilded in gold. It is 32 inches (81.5 cm) tall, 16 inches (41.5 cm) square at the base and in excellent condition. This would have been displayed in a Butsuma as a reliquary container. Both upper and lower doors open to reveal gold lined chambers in which the Buddhist objects could be stored. A couple of the small bells dangling from the eaves have been replaced or re-hung with wire...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1296263 (stock #TCR4863)
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It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and is in fine condition, dating from the Meiji period.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1299417 (stock #MOR4878)
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A Minogame Sea Turtlestands resolute on a boulder amidst churning waves staring out to sea at a grass script poem brushed deftly in the distance and signed Misako. This is possibly the female poet and scholar Kokubun Misako (no dates) active from the later Meiji period through the early post-war years who served at Waseda University around the turn of the century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1302472 (stock #TCR4891)
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A large bowl made for the use of the Imperial family likely by the porcelain artist Denjuro wrapped in a padded silk bag and enclosed in a custom made wooden box. Inside is a large 16 petal chrysanthemum, outside cranes fly among tall bamboo and roaring waves with a triad of Chrysanthemum crests. The bowl is 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) diameter and in fine condition. These items would have been used by the Emperor on visits outside the palace, and left as commemorations as gifts for the host...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1302866 (stock #MOR4894)
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A very unusual travelers lunch box and bottle made in the form of a tapered wooden cylinder titled “Tekiko”, That which suits the mouth. A long verse in red Kanbun (the traditional language of the learned) extols the virtues of travel and this travel accoutrement signed Kiteishi and dated to the 12th month of the Lunar year 1841. It is made of wood with a higly textured grain, covered with clear and black lacquer outside, red lacquer within...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1303048 (stock #TCR4896)
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A large Ukibori vase covered in iron with yellow slip raised imagery of birds in a pomegranate tree by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1917. It is 16 inches (40 cm) tall 10-1/2 inches (26 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1303395 (stock #TCR4899)
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A fine Hira Chawan perfect for summer tea by Ito Tozan I enclosed in a wooden box annotated by the third generation head of the family. Soft and cool crackled gray inside, the outside entirely covered in crashing waves leaving only the foot and stamp in raw white clay. The box is titled Nami-Moyo Chawan, and signed inside Made by Teishitsu Gigei-in First generation Tozan and signed third generation Tozan-Ki. It is 6 inches (15 cm) diameter and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1303624 (stock #MOR4903)
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Four kiri panels are set into a rosewood framework, each uniquely painted by Osaka Literati paragon Mori Kinseki. It is 12 x 12 x 11-1/2 inches (30 x 30 x 29 cm) and is in fine condition. The brass insert too, looks almost unused. Included is a small folding fan in the original box by the artist as well. Mori Kinseki (1843-1921) was born the third son in a family of Inn owners in the hotsprings town of Arima, Hyogo prefecture, in 1843...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1305627 (stock #MOR4913)
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An unusual Meiji period bronze image of the jolly Daikoku-ten, one of the 7 gods of fortune, looking incredibly relaxed and content. His hat is removable to reveal a chamber for burning incense, and the smoke would be exhaled though his open mouth. It is 6-1/2 x 8 x 5-1/2 inches 16.5 x 20 x 14 cm) and is in overall fine, original condition. The artist chop is in a raised cartouche on the base and appears to read Yoshioka Minpo.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1308625 (stock #ANR4918)
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Tarashikomi leaves draping from the maple dominate this anonymous Meiji period Rimpa style Autumn scene, kiku in the foreground with a melon growing to one side. The scene is enclosed in a pale silk border with red lacquered wooden frame. A very decorative scene suitable for any interior. The screen is 68 x 148 inches (172 x 376 cm) and in overall very nice condition with only minor insect damage along the outer cloth border.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1308959 (stock #ANR4921 )
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A large screen depicting a samurai replete with the Jakumei crest of the Takeda Clan rearing his horse in a shout of battle, wand extended at arms length giving the order to charge. The horse appears to be fighting panic, possibly at the deafening sound of the guns of Oda Nobunaga, a sound which brought in the modern era of warfare to Japan in a pitched battle between Oda forces and those of Takeda Shingen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1309169 (stock #MOR4923)
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A bridge and weeping-cherry (shidare sakura) draped over swirling eddies on this silver lidded Meiji period Koro incense burner on its original matching table. On the table a waterwheel is visible downstream from the same scene, tiny silver beads floating on the crests of the ripples. The incense burner has a silver lid and removable liner, with a nashiji gold-flaked bottom. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1309382 (stock #MOR4930)
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A set of three Edo period gold Maki-e cups representing the three friends of winter, plum, pine and bamboo enclosed in a period wooden box dated the sixth month of Tenpo 7 (1836). They are 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and consecutively smaller, and in fine condition. Although we cannot decipher the first character, the box is titled ? Kin Taka Maki-e, Mitsukumi (? Gold Takamaki-e, Set of Three)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1309466 (stock #ALR4933)
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A snake slithers through the late summer grasses on this painting by Utsumi Koho dated 1901. Painted on silk, it has been completely remounted in a fine cloth border featuring blackened wood rollers. The scroll is 20-1/2 x 71-1/2 inches (52.5 x 182 cm) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1311080 (stock #MOR4941)
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A set of Kashigata Cake Molds representing various animals, flowers, auspicious symbols, human and historical figures and a most unusual automobile. Each is carved wood, and would have been filled with sweet beans and likely a rice gluton to create shaped sweets for various occasions. Cherry blossom, plum blossom, a gourd, a fan, a new years Hagoita for sports, a girls day prince, Momotaro being born from a peach, Fukusuke the lucky samurai, Ofukusan, the rosy cheeked woman, a flat-fish and two...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1311262 (stock #MOR4943)
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A large Japanese Buddhist prayer bell on a silk pillow with a lacquer and doe-skin striker dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. The hand formed bowl has a serene, deep ring which echoes softly. It is 13 inches (33.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition. One soft strike causes it to reverberate for more than one full minute.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1311781 (stock #TCR4949)
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A set of 5 softly glazed green tea bowls enclosed in the original signed wooden box by signed on the base Kachutei Dohachi Seidecorated in reverse with the five plant themes of the literati ideal: Chrysanthemum, Iris, Bamboo, Plum and Pine, each with a unique poem. The tea cups are 2 inches (5 cm) tall, 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) diameter and in fine condition, but for one hairline crack about 1 inch long from the rim of the orchid cup.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by a retai...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1311884 (stock #TCR4950)
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A set of Tokkuri by Miyagawa Kozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in Seal of the first generation and placing the set before 1916. The Kyo-yaki style crackled cream glaze is decorated with scenes of boats pulled up to the lakeshore before a distant pavilion in an idealic landscape typical of literati design. Each is 6 inches (15 cm) tall and in fine condition, complete with their original lids.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya i...