The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their 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 listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1361315 (stock #MOR6460)
The Kura
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Giant silver plum flowers burst open like fireworks from eratic silver branches on the pink ground of this exquisite Bunko storage box by Takamura Hyokei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It measures 25 x 30 x 13 cm (10 x 12 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition. It comes wrapped in the original silk cloth stamped by the artist inside the original kiri-wood storage box signed by both the lacquer artist and the craftsman Jitaku who crafted the wooden base...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1361580 (stock #ANR6467)
The Kura
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A tall screen titled “Yubae” depicting trees before a high skyline of mountains by Muto Akira in thick pigments exhibited at the 1960 Nitten National Exhibition. Yubae is a word which describes the quality of light reflecting off of something from the setting sun. This style of heavy textures is typical of Nihonga in the mid-century, a brief era lasting for only about a decade when Nihonga artists were reaching out for new styles following the Second World War...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1352786 (stock #ANR6384)
The Kura
$3,500.00
A very unusual screen depicting 20 famous scenes of Kyoto in an industrial art design showing influences of Constructivism, De Stijl and Bauhaus design trends dating from the 1930s, signed Gyokusen. Each scene is labeled. The Kyoto Hotel, in front of City Hall, is shown draped with flags from all the countries, including the United States and Nazi Germany...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1366594 (stock #ANR6521)
The Kura
$2,600.00
Carp move effortlessly through the crystal water, as if swimming through the air below the hanging branch of fresh green maple on this four panel screen by Komiya Daichu dating from the early Showa period. The fish seem elongated, as if the artist has expressed their swift, constant movement in time lapse. The scene is performed with pigments on silk wrapped in a tame-nuri red lacquered frame typical of the 1930s. The screen is 294 x 163.5cm (116 x 64-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1357349 (stock #AOR6424)
The Kura
$2,500.00
An abstract oil painting by Fujinami Akira dated 1961 in very thick hues of yellow brown and green on canvas. It is signed Akira Fouji ’61, and on back is the artists full name and date in Japanese. The canvas comes mounted in a recycled period wooden frame. The canvas is 45.5 x 38 cm (18 x 15 inches) the frame is 65 x 58 x 7.5 cm (25-1/2 x 23 x 3 inches).
Fujinami Akira was born in Kyoto in 1934, and graduated the Kyoto Gakugeidagaku (mod...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1353074 (stock #MOR6387)
The Kura
$1,500.00
An exquisite set of five trays, horse-chestnut lacquered clear to reveal the exquisite grain patterns and decorated each with a unique poem by Matszaka Kian. The trays are 36 x 30 x 5 cm (14 x 12 x 2 inches) and are all in excellent condition. The poems read:
Yamashita Yu-yo Hogusa Ro Kyohen Ryusui Ochi Hanamura (Evenings sunlight low in the mountains, the scent of grass on the road; Below the bridge water travels, floating blossoms). This is from the poem anthology Meishiso...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1354539 (stock #ALR6398)
The Kura
$1,400.00
A large striking Zenga scroll depicting the Daruma in red and black on paper by Buddhist priest Seki Bokuo enclosed in a custom made Kiri wood box. Ink and pigment on paper in a silk border with celadon rollers. It is 88 x 185 cm (34-1/2 x 73 inches) and in excellent condition.
Seki Bokuo (1903-1991), former head priest of Tenryuji Temp Seki Bokuo born in Gunma prefecture, and studied at the Keio university medical course, before taking up formal Zen training...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1980 item #1364557 (stock #MOR6493)
The Kura
$1,295.00
A stunning cloisonné vase in canary yellow decorated with persimmon branches laden with ripe fruit by the Tamura Cloisonne studio, enclosed in the original signed wooden box and bearing a silver cartouche on the base reading Tamura. It is 27 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall, 24.5 cm (9-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, retaining the original black lacquered stand...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1350839 (stock #ALR6374)
The Kura
$950.00
Water streams between the verdant hills on this lurid landscape by 20th century artist Shimizu Hian. Ink on paper completely remounted in silk with black lacquer rollers. The poem reads:
Hana chirite Arui ha, Samuki hi mo arinu, Haru no Yukue no shizuka nari keru (Early flowers have fallen and the cold lingers, nonetheless Spring quietly approaches).
It is 63 x 129 cm (25 x 51 inches) and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1366403 (stock #ALR6507)
The Kura
$850.00
Not a soul is visible in this verdant landscape depicted in a distinctly water-color-esque post-war Nihonga style by Shirakura Niho which comes enclosed in a double wood original signed box titled “Yamamura” (mountain Village). The entirety speaks of solitude and serenity, colors shifting from green to yellow and brown indicate the coming hints of autumn and cooler weather. Pigment on silk in a silk border with ivory rollers (they will be changed for export)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1366000 (stock #ALR6504)
The Kura
$800.00
The heart of Japan dominates this scroll by Nomura Seiroku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled “Hotake” (Bountiful Mountain)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1364441 (stock #MOR6490)
The Kura
$795.00
A pair of long necked geese in minimalist style by Seiko (Yasutaka) enclosed in the original signed wooden box and retaining the original black lacquered display stand. The birds are 13 and 17 cm long respectively (5-1/2 and 7 inches) and are in fine condition. The table has a few minor nicks and scratches, however is overall very presentable as the photographs evidence.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1960 item #1367135 (stock #TCR6538)
The Kura
$700.00
An ivory porcelain by Kato Keizan with the original shiori and wrapping cloth in the original signed wooden box titled “carved handled vase”. The body is carved with ethnic style imagery, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Enclosed is a pamphlet from a shipping company dated 1958, and the vase was given as a gift to commemorate the inauguration of the ship Fuzan-maru. The vase is 11 inches (27.5 cm) tall and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1361541 (stock #AOR6465)
The Kura
$650.00
A Hengaku (Horizontal Framed) image of a woman in summer yukata, her robes open to allow in the cool as she relaxes privately with a pipe and tabaco-bon, willow branches brushing the reed curtains. Pigment on paper in a striped cloth border with red lacquer frame, typical of the 1920s. It appears to be signed Tsune, a common female name in the era. Female artists were largely ignored at that time, and we have no information on the painter. The frame is 43.5 x 146.5 cm (17 x 57-1/2 inches) an...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1970 item #1364894 (stock #MOR6494)
The Kura
$500.00
A beautiful mid cemtury carved lacquer tray in the Kagawa Lacquer Tradition signed on the base. Chic abbreviated silhouette in a post art-deco vogue with carved abstract designs in various shades of ocher on a polished black ground. It is 26 x 26 x 7 cm (10 x 10 x 2-3/4 inches) and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1362082 (stock #ALR6473)
The Kura
$500.00
A bucolic scene of a fisherman in grand open scenery by Miyake Kokki mounted in double matting and enclosed in a modern wooden frame. It is stamped on front and back, with the date Year 17, 11th month 8th day (November 8 1943) and the place Uji-gawa (Uji River south of Kyoto). The paper canvas is 19.5 x 13.5 cm (7-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches). Originally taken from an album, there is a crease down the middle and toning to the paper typical of age.
Miyake Kokki (1874-1954) was born in Tokushima,...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1366404 (stock #MOR6511)
The Kura
$450.00
A gold and silver rabbit forage among autumn grass on the raw kiri-wood surface of this suzuri bako lacquered in the red on black Negoro style inside and enclosed in the original wooden box titled Usagi Maki-e Suzuri Bako. It comes complete with the suzuri ink stone and water dropper. There are a few minor dings on the wooden surface, but no damage to the lacquer.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1366480 (stock #MOR6514)
The Kura
$425.00
A lakeside scene decorates this raw wood “Kobon” Incencse Tray by Tanaka Hakuin enclosed in a custom period wooden box. It is 21-1/2 x 14-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches (55 x 37 x 4 cm). There is a repair in the lower right corner.
Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka. He became one of the prominent disciples of Tanomura Chokunyu in Kyoto at the age of 17 (1883) inheriting the Nanga tradition of Tanomura Chikuden. In 1900, upon marriage, he changed his name to Tanaka...