The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1291183 (stock #TCR4451)
The Kura
$1,500.00
Popular in Buddhist Tea Circles in the Edo period, this recovered Tokoname Fushiki pot, very roughly fired, dates from the mid to late Kamakura period (1192-1333), but was unearthed and used as a mizusashi during the Edo. A kiln mark in the shape of a fish tail, or perhaps broad leaf, (like a ginko leaf) is struck in the side, partially obscured by glaze. Old red lacquer seals a crack in the side, and a drainage hole originally in the bottom has been filled...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1291033 (stock #TCR4869)
The Kura
$750.00
A fine Tetsu-yu Chaire in rich red clay from the Niwa-yaki kinlns of Zeze in Otsu, first and last stop on the Old Tokaido from Kyoto. It has a zogei lid and comes wrapped in a silk bag, enclosed in a black lacquered wooden container. It is 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, 2 inches (5 cm) diameter and in fine condition, the raw clay on the base worn to a beautiful sheen. Due to age the outer wrapping of silk on the bag containing the piece has partially disintegrated.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1291032 (stock #TCR4320)
The Kura
$1,300.00
A single undulating line forms waves on the neck of this handled Iga pot dating from the 17th century. Green ash glaze covers the upper front, leaving a smattering of ash and raw clay visible over the body, the occasional shiseki stone bursting from the surface. The Tsubo is 8 inches (20.5 cm) tall, roughly 6 inches (16 cm) diameter. There are of course small old nicks but no major damage or repairs. This is a superb example of Ko-Iga pottery...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1291029 (stock #TCR4489)
The Kura
$600.00
A spray of ink decorates the side of this Edo period Karatsu Kataguchi Chawan Tea bowl enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box. It is 6-1/2 x 4 x 3 inches (15.5 x 9 x 8.5 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1291027 (stock #TCR4449)
The Kura
$950.00
A wide Hira Chawan covered in earthy gray glaze with an upturned rim dating from the 17th to 18th centuries enclosed in a tattered red lacquered wooden box. The very small Kodai is in the style of early imported Chinese ware, yet the shape is distinctly Japanese. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1290794 (stock #TCR4865)
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A superb 3 stage ukibori Hakuji white porcelain Koro dating form the 19th century of extremely pure calium clay. This is either from the Hirado kiln area, or possibly top quality Kyo-yaki. The main brazier sits on triad of beast-head feet, supporting a diaper above which is a trumpeting body with raised floral motifs and abstract patterns. Above is a covered pot, made in the manner of a Chagama Tea Ceremony Water Kettle...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1290500 (stock #TCR4372)
The Kura
$500.00
Although reminiscent of very old Tamba, this is likely a salt jar from Luzon, an area with a very long trade history with Japan. It was purchased as part of a collection of tea ceramics. The deeply scored lines and crosshatching provide a tactile playground for the hands and eyes. The irregular shaped and slight sag in the lip add a sense of immediacy, and the richly glistening caramel glaze is superb, leading to drips around the base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1290414 (stock #TCR4855)
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A simple Tsurukubi (cranes neck) form in clear celadon by Miyagawa Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11-1/2 inches (29 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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1290340 (stock #MOR4854)
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A very rare and hard to find 19th century gilded Crown (Kanmuri) for use in the Japanese Noh Theater. A golden phoenix takes flight from the parapet atop in the center of the elaborate piece, surrounded by sun, moon, flaming jewels and colorful lotus from which are suspended extravagant chains of coral beads and gilded ornaments. Made of metal, paper, wood and thin wire, the entire is covered in gold with the sun and moon in glass and the burning jewels in metal...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1290337 (stock #TCR4853)
The Kura
$850.00
A Shiwan (Shekwan) pottery vase from Guangzhou, 18th - 19th century Qing period. This is much finer and more interesting than the later 19th early 20th century mass produced souvenirs for visitors to Hong Kong, and shows a distinct level of taste and respect for natural elements, and was very possibly made fro the Japanese market, imported through the open port of Nagasaki, the only (Legal) point of entry in Japan during that period. It was purchased in Japan over this past summer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1290254 (stock #SAR4851)
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A Kawadzuke kon-odoshi Nimai Do Tosei Gusoku Featuring a Toppai Kabuto of Sabiji-nuri on iron with brass Tehen Kanamono and Fukurin. From the bowl hangs a 5 plate Shikoro covered in leather and laced in the sugake style. It has matching five plate Chu-sode with 3 colors of lacing, and a negoro red and black lacquered iron mask with blue-laced Kawadzuke nodokake. The Do is of two parts, joined iron plates covered in leather hinged under the left arm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1289966 (stock #MOR4850)
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A large leaf shape woven of bamboo in a frame of gnarled wood. It is 70 x 40 x 8 cm (27-1/2 x 16 x 3 inches). There is a piece of wire wrapped around two branches where they join, which appear to be an ad-hoc reinforcement. Otherwise it is in fine condition. Leaf shaped dishes were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century as an expression of the Sencha literati tea aesthetic, and this piece too likely dates from that era.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1289698 (stock #TCR4365)
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A very rare Edo period Ao-Bizen (Blue Bizen) Koro in the shape of Hotei leaning against his bag, the sack forming the basin of the incense burner. What a tremendous expression! A label inside the ancient Jindai-sugi age blackened cedar box reads Bizen-yaki Hotei Go-Koro, Nishi-no-Maru yori and is followed by the date Tenpo 5 (1835) fifth month and signed Chitsuryo (?) The fact it was stored in the Nishi-no-Maru would indicate it was part of a castle or great palace inventory...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1289490 (stock #MOR4362)
The Kura
$1,000.00
A rare 19th century lacquer box covered in a wave pattern of textured black on black enclosing a verre églomisé glass panel painted on the reverse with a Dutchman clutching an exceptionally long pipe backed with genuine applied gold gilding. The glass panel is rimed in silver lacquer, ad all edges of the box are lacquered gold, the corners decorated with florals and filigree. Glass-e was a popular art form in the later Edo and Meiji periods...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1289447 (stock #MOR4843)
The Kura
$780.00
20 different patterns of scabbard are displayed between bands of rich rosewood on this rare tabaco-bon complete with an unusual bamboo pipe-tap (with rosewood cover) and sometsuke porcelain brazier dating from the early 20th century. There is a horizontal crack in one of the scabbard pieces, that withstanding it is in overall very nice condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1289061 (stock #TCR4842)
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A horse frolics under a stylized pine bough on this unusually shaped mountain-scape tokkuri dating from the 19th century. Color has infused beautifully into the crackled pale glaze, and agano green surmounts the peak. It is 3 x 3-1/2 x 7 inches (8 x 9 x 19 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1288314 (stock #TCR4584)
The Kura
$450.00
Plovers in gold and silver take flight over the undulating waves on the dark sides of this fine pottery tea container capped with an ivory lid and signed on the base Ninsei. It is 8 cm (3 inches) tall and in fine condition, dating from the later 19th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1288174 (stock #MOR4539)
The Kura
$650.00
An anonymous antique dry lacquer Kensui spent water receptacle covered in powdered silver for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony wrapped in silk and enclosed in a fine kiri-wood box. It is 14.5 cm (6 inches) diameter. There are a few minor nicks in the rim, otherwise is in fine condition.