The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1280508 (stock #TCR4770)
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$1,550.00
A pale glazed lantern with removable top carved with floral sprays in the windows and pierced top (to allow heat and smoke from the burning candle or oil dish to escape). There is a repair to the tip of one of the flames in the finial (see close-up); otherwise is in surprisingly excellent condition. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and comes enclosed in a dilapidated wooden storage box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1280468 (stock #MOR4769)
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$1,150.00
A monkey is scratched out in Brown tinged black on a silver tinged black ground, reaching down from a limb to grasp the reflection of the moon. The scene is signed Shuko-saku and comes in a textured metalic-black lacquered frame and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 13-1/2 x 25 inches (64 x 34.5 cm), meant to be suspended by the brown silk chord attached with silver hardware at the top of the frame...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1280386 (stock #TCR4768)
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A wide low chawan tea bowl inscribed with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu reading “Yo no naka ha tata utatane no shibaraku wo samenu yume ji ni matofu wari nasa. In the world only for the span of a nap yet wandering an inescapable path of dreams…such a mystery. (Translation from Rengetsu.org). It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1280350 (stock #TCR4766)
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A superb Tenmoku shaped Chawan in crackled white glaze decorated with Fuji (wisteria) by Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1280343 (stock #TCR4765)
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A set of 5 nesting cups in assorted colors decorated with burning Buddhist jewels by Suzuki Shonen which are kept in a cloth and bamboo basket enclosed in the original wooden box. Each cup is uniquely signed by the artist. The box reads, “Shonen-hitsu, Kyu Tama no Zu” (Nine Buddhist Jewels by Shonen) and inside” Tame: Inari Jinja Shamusho Kochiku Kinen, Oju Heian ?kyu-Do Kinsei” (In commemoration of the re-building of the Inari Shrine Edifice, Made humbly by Heian ?kyu-Do...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1280265 (stock #TCR4762)
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A large open bowl decorated with hydrangea by Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6-1/2 x 7 inches (16.5 x 18 cm) across, 3-1/2 inches (8 cm) tall 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 1900 item #1279730 (stock #TCR4756)
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A large sweets dish decorated with blossoms by Eiraku Zengoro XII (Wazen) enclosed in a custom made wooden box. The bold pattern is fitting this bold artist. It is 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Eiraku Zengoro XII (Wazen, 1823-1896) was one of the most influential potters of his time, setting the stage for the revival of and modernization of Kyoyaki, based on models by Koetsu, Kenzan and Ninsei...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1279517 (stock #MOR4753)
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A mid Edo period carved woodn mask for Shishi-mai festival dance covered in red and black lacquer with gilded teath and eyes in rarely seen good condition. The mask is used with the hand, not worn over the head, the dancer usually hidden beneath a long flowing cape. It is 22 x 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 x 9 inches) excluding the horn and ears. There is an old metal plate nailed over one hinged jaw inside (not visible from outside), where the wood had likely once given way...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1279516 (stock #MOR4752)
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The famous warrior Benkei, Amagozen and a stately samurai are represented by these three traditional Japanese theater puppets dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. The heads (kashira) are made in the manner of traditional Bunraku puppets, hollow wood carved and covered in gofun and paint. The head is manipulated from a handle extending down from the neck, held through an opening in the back of the clothing. With the clothing the overall height is roughly 30 inches (76 cm) tall...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1279432 (stock #TCR4747)
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$1,325.00
A classical shape for the sencha tea room by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hyo-gata Kake Kabin. The gourd form is molded from rough sandy clay and covered in ame-iro glaze reminiscent of Ohii-yaki. It is 17 inches (43 cm) long and in fine condition. The box has been chewed on in one corner by a mouse, and the wood has much darkened with age.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1279227 (stock #MOR4746)
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$1,350.00
A tanzaku-ire poem card storage box decorated with a spray of bamboo in gold on shunkei red lacquer designed by Kamisaka Sekka and enclosed in the original wooden box signed by the lacquer artist Iwamura. It is 3 x 15 inches (8 x 38 cm) and is in fine condition.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings. From 1882 he began his artistic career, however did not take-off until visiti...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1279008 (stock #TCR4744)
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The seven gods of fortune are depicted in rich gold, vibrant colors and textures on this exceptional set of Kutani Sake Cups from the Kaburagi Studio enclosed in the original compartmentalized wooden box. Each cup is unique, measuring roughly 5.5 cm (2 inches) diameter, 3 cm (1 inch) tall and all are in excellent condition. The Kaburagi studio produced some of the finest wares in Kutani. Founded in 1822, it survives to this day under the same family, now in the 8th generation. These date fro...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1278941 (stock #ANR4741)
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$2,600.00
8 calligraphic paper poetry cards float on clouds of gold and silver flake over delicate flowers blossoming on applied gold. Some of the poem titles are: Autmn Moon in the Old Garden, Faraway Temple Bell at Night, and Evening Lights in the Fishing Village. Exchanges of poetry on these types of cards or on Tanzaku cards is a long esteemed tradition throughout the year in Japan. Often these cards would be kept for generations, and often applied to paneled screens such as this one. The elegant ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1278892 (stock #MOR4739)
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$2,500.00
Stained Ivory plovers soar over rough seas on all sides of this spectacular anonymous mulberry wood tea box dating from the opening years of the 20th century. It is made to carry a small tea set, whisk, bowl, natsume, fukin, kogo and chashaku etc. There is a mark on the underside of the inner tray by the wood-worker (sashimono-shi) that reads Senshin. The wave patterns follow the style of Shibata Zesshin, one of the most important turn-of-the-century lacquer artisans whose influence on his di...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1275933 (stock #TCR4737)
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The largest piece I have ever seen by Miyanaga Tozan I, a fine baluster form celadon on a superb rosewood stand. It is 21-1/2 inches (55 cm) tall, 15-1/2 inches (40 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. There is a custom made copper insert for use with flower arranging. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately. Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo Unive...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1275829 (stock #MOR4732)
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Even the carrying box is a work of art for these two lacquered wooden vases decorated in Taka-makie with young pine boughs. They come secured away in a lacquered carrying case with a bronze handle and decorated with a family crest. They are 9 inches (23 cm) tall each and are both in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1275772 (stock #TCR4732)
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A wily fox stands, head cocked to one side wrapped in the robes of a nun, something to be wary of this ceramic Okimono by Takahashi Dohachi enclosed in the original wooden box titled outside Dohachi Zo Hakuzoso, and signed within Kachutei Dohachi Zo followed by the artists stamp. It is 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in fine condition. This dates from the later Edo or first half of the Meiji period (mid 19th century), a time spanning two generations of Dohachi when both ceramic sculptures and imager...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1275755 (stock #MOR4731)
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$850.00
A hardwood antique kadai table of Zelkova carved with diapers of crashing waves lacquered red, black and gold with transparent lacquer on top revealing the exquisite wood grain. Reminiscent of Buddhist themes, it would work well with an usubata vase and flower display. Very high quality, It is 58 x 33 x 14 cm (23 x 13 x 5-1/2 inches). Indentations in the top from use, but overall very good condition, enclosed in a wooden storage box.