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 : 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...
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1361576 (stock #MOR6466)
The Kura
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A fine wooden Mingei bowl turned and covered in thick lacquer in the mottled Wakasa style. It is 21 cm (8-1/4 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, enclosed in a wooden box. For similar items see the recent book Layers of Brilliance (Mingei Museum).
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...
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 1940 item #1361314 (stock #MOR6459)
The Kura
$450.00
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5 wooden Sencha Tea-cup plates (coasters) by Sashimono-shi Ryusen decorated with landscapes by famed Osaka literati artist Mizuta Chikuho enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. Each is 15 cm (6 inches) diameter and all are in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1361255 (stock #TCR6458)
The Kura
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A sublime white porcelain incense burner decorated in soft relief with fruiting tree branches by Ito Tozan featuring a silver lid embossed with clouds and pierced with the character “Fortune” signed Sogen enclosed in the original compartmentalized signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall plus the silver lid...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1361104 (stock #MBR6454)
The Kura
$300.00
A hand formed copper vase incised with a charging bull by Muneaki (Somei) signed on the base. It is 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) tall and the same diameter, in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1357967 (stock #MOR6436)
The Kura
$780.00
A handled caddy, the door decorated with a submarine and verse from the head priest of the gold temple in Northern Kyoto dated apparently to 1927. The date is taken from the door which states the box was made on occasion of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Nippon Denchi Kabushiki Kaisha (founded in 1917). The verse is by Ito Reikyo (1880-1935), head priest of Kinkakuji (Rokuonji). Inside the box is divided into an upper and lower compartment, made for carrying tea accoutrements...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1357825 (stock #TCR6433)
The Kura
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A rat ascends the handle of a lucky hammer, both symbols of abundance in deep celadon green by important female artist Suza Sozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 3 inches (8 cm) long and in fine condition.
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1950 item #1357441 (stock #MOR6427)
The Kura
$500.00
A pair of twisting branches of dark root-wood grown together in the form of a reishi mushroom lovingly polished and preserved. It is 14-1/2 inches (36.5 cm) long and in excellent 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 : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1357062 (stock #TCR6423)
The Kura
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A square sided bowl hand formed by Kiyomizu Rokubei V decorated with a raddish and the phrase “Wind, Flavor, Life” by Seki Seisetsu, Former head priest of the Zen Temple and world heritage site Tenryuji, enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 18.5 cm square, and in excellent condition. Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945) was the head priest of Tenryuji and a prolific painter and calligraphist...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #1356089 (stock #TCR6414)
The Kura
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Stylized Koi swim among the reeds and water plants which decorate this globular vase by important Seto porcelain artist Kawamoto Rekitei (1894-1975) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) tall, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1355848 (stock #TCR6413)
The Kura
$495.00
A crab crawls out from between the folds of crackled glaze on this large Rakuzan Yaki vase enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 22 cm (9 inches) tall, 21 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condtion. Legend holds that Matsudaira Sadanaga, lord of Matsuyama Castle, created the first Rakuzan-yaki decorated with its ubiquitous water crab in his garden kiln (Niwa-yaki) in the early 19th century. This Rakuzan-yaki is not to be confused with the Rakuzan yaki from Matsue.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1354796 (stock #AOR6401)
The Kura
$1,200.00
14 images spanning two pages each are sandwiched between the silk binding of this two sided accordion album by Zen Priest Inaba Shinden enclosed in the original storage sleeve. The images span from Mount fuji to the Daruma to Zen Circles, each annotated with some verse or Buddhist anecdote. It is in excellent condition, the album (closed) measuring 8-1/4 x 12 inches (21 x 30 cm).
Inaba Shinden (1906-1986) was an important priest of the Rinzai sect of Japanese Buddhism. Born in Aichi, h...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1940 item #1354795 (stock #MOR6400)
The Kura
$800.00
Three glass balls rest on ragged pinnacles on this black-wood carving dating from the early 20th century. It is 26 cm (10-1/2 inches) long and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1354540 (stock #AOR5240)
The Kura
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Five individually painted fans by Seki Bokuo bearing inscriptions in dark India Ink, and one with bamboo in red. Two fans are 16 inches (41 cm) across when open, the other three 12-1/2 inches (22 cm) across. All are in overall fine condition, and fully functional.
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. He became Dharma-Heir of Seki Seisetsu....