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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1311886 (stock #TCR4951)
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A Ryoro Sencha Steeped Tea Brazier by Seifu Yohei II complete with the original very rare near perfect condition bisque fired liner surmounted with a ring of swirling clouds, a pheasant, carp and Tiger. Outside it is decorated with blossoming trees and plants in the literati style and signed on the base. A window in the side pierced in the manner of bamboo growing over a garden rock would allow the preparer to fan the coals to heat water to the perfect temperature for the tea being served...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1318620 (stock #TCR5019)
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A house-shaped okimono from the Bairin kilns in Otsu in the shape of a thatch-roofed house (Kuzuya) complete with a front porch and plenty of vents from which the smoke could escape. This is the type of okimono known also as a fuse koro which would have been placed over a small dish or metal stand containing burning incense. The smoke would have escaped through the doors, windows and out through vents in the roof...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1337499 (stock #ALR5220)
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$1,400.00
A fully restored Edo period silk painting of 17 warriors of the East who fought with the Tokugawa clan at Sekigahara, Each in vivid color, each arrayed in his finest armor. It is 57 x 190 cm (22-1/2 x 75 inches) and is in excellent condition. Mounted in patterned brocade with bone rollers. This came to us in rather poor condition, and although the painting was fine, the mounting was very tired, so we had it completely remounted at considerable expense.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1318514 (stock #ALR5016 )
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A breathtaking Taisho period image of the Buddha in meditation by Takayama Shunryo. It is performed with gold appliqué and brilliant mineral pigments on silk, mounted in a fine mounting of blue cloth ending in bone rollers and enclosed in a kiri-wood box. The scroll is is 21 x 76.5 inches (53.5 x 194 cm) and is in fine condition.
Takayama Shunryo (1886-1921) born in Yamagata, studied under Yamamoto Shunkyo in Kyoto, Exhibited with the Bunten...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1333649 (stock #ALR5160)
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A fetching scene of colored washes very much in the Taisho style by important artist Ono (Ohno) Bakufu. Pigment on silk in superb Kinrande mounting. It is roughly 21-1/2 x 79 inches (56 x 200 cm).
Born in Tokyo Ono Bakufu (1888-1976) relocated to central Japan after the great Kanto earthquake of 1923 where he became an honorary member of the Hyogo Prefectural Academy of Fine Arts...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1327154 (stock #TCR5095)
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$2,800.00
White wisteria (fuji in Japanese) drape from the gilded rim of this Kutani vase signed from the preeminent Kaburagi studio and dating from the opening of the 20th century. The imagery is exquisitely performed with over-glaze enamels on a pastel gray ground. The vase is large at 13 inches (33.5 cm) tall, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition, with some wear to the gold rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1334894 (stock #MOR5173)
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$600.00
Small Pair Edo p. Japanese Shrine Foxes Kitsune, Inari, antique, A pair of 18th-19th century votive Inari Fox images representing the god of fortune, one standing over a tuft of rice, the other likely origianly over a Buddhist jewel (now missing). There are chips in the ears, and one is missing the tuft of his tail. 10 x 5.5 x 13 cm (4 x 2 x 5 inches)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1324891 (stock #TCR5076)
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A smiling foo-dog sits astride this box shaped koro by Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seiji Shishi Koro. It is 6.5 x 6.5 c 16 cm (2-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
Suwa Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875. Over the next 25 years he would gravitate between Tokyo and Kanazawa, working at various kilns and research facilities...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #1329985 (stock #MOR5149)
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A boxed set of late 19th to early 20th century Chinese Export Ware sake cups of blue cloisonné on a bronze body with a foil of silver lining the inside. Each cup is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1317482 (stock #TCR5003)
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An unprecedented set of five excellent condition aka-e bowls by Miyagawa Chozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Each is (4 inches )10.5 cm diameter 6.5 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Makuzu Chozo (1796-1851) was born into the 10th generation of the Raku pottery family of Miyagawa Chohei and learned his craft from Aoki Mokubei...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1318271 (stock #TCR5017)
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A set of ten finely painted matching tokkuri from the Yoshidaya dating from the Meiji period. Each is 15.5 x 7 cm diameter (6 x 3 inches) and in fine condition, all complete with original lids and enclosed in the original box signed by the Yoshidaya, one of the preeminent studios specializing in Kutani ware at the turn of the 19th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #1328636 (stock #MOR5127)
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A set of 6 round and 4 square 19th c. hikite sliding door handles of hand formed bronze with cloisonné backs, the square handles splashed with gold. They are roughly 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in fine condition, Ordinarily, the six would have been inside a rom, four opposite the square handles on a set of doors, the other two on a set of closet doors.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1333627 (stock #MOR5159)
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$1,600.00
Dark stained bamboo is decorated with inlayed beads of red coral in built up lacquer intimating the bursting fruit of a pomegranate tree enclosed in a box signd by the infamous Zen Priest Nakahara Nantenbo dated Taisho 3 (1914). The age darkened box is titled Koetsu-san Zakuro Sago. The “Ko” in the title indicates this piece was already old when Nantenbo had it in his possession. It is 22 x 5.5 cm (8-1/2 x 2 inches) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1700 item #1333988 (stock #ANR5163)
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Starting with the famous verse by Chinese Scholar YoYu (AD 53-18) ”The written character is a picture of the heart” (Sho kokoro Ga nari) here are written 42 rules of calligraphy spread over 10 narrow panels by the famous calligraphist Ide Gakei dated 1677. The verses appear to have been written in one sitting, the style going from crisp perfect Kaisho characters through Gyosho stylized characters and into the elegantly running Grass script (Sosho)...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1313507 (stock #TCR4980)
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A pair of turn of the century Aka-kinsai gourd-shaped vases by Eiraku Zengoro signed on the base Dai Nippon Eiraku Zo. They are 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall, late 19th to early 20th centuries, spanning the reign of the Meiji and Taisho emperors. Finding a pair of vases in perfect condition in the most seismicaly active country on earth is very rare.
Eiraku Zengoro XII (Wazen, 1823-1896) was one of the most influential potters of his time, setting the stage for the revival of and modernizati...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1325493 (stock #TCR5080)
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A Praying Mantis clings to enamel vines creeping up the side of this unusually large terracotta cylinder by Mori Suiho enclosed in the original wooden box titled Bankogama Mushi no E Hanaike (Banko Kiln Vase with Insect Design) and signed with the Tokaen kiln name. Outside is raw clay, but inside is covered with a thin coat of transparent glaze, making it waterproof. On the base it is stamped Banko Suiho. Mori Suiho (1865-1929) was one of the most famed workers in traditional Ba...