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 : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1338718 (stock #TCR5239)
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A superb elephant shaped incense burner by Miyanaga Tozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seiji Zo Koro. Extreme clarity in the fine details, I will let the photos speak for themselves. It is 6 x 4 x 6 inches (15 x 10 x 15 cm) and in excellent condition. It comes with a pamphlet dated Showa 16 (1941) the last year of the artists life.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1338040 (stock # ANR5229)
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$3,500.00
A screen featuring the gate at Hikone Castle by Honjo Toen exhibited at the 1927 Teiten (mod. Nitten) National Exhibition Pigment on silk in a brocade border with original red lacquered wooden frame and cloth backing. It is in overall fine condition. Some chips in the lacquer frame have been filled, and some water marks are present in the center and upper left of the screen. It is 187 x 140 cm (73-1/2 x 55 inches).
Toen was born in Hyogo prefecture in 1900...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1337249 (stock #ALR5216)
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Kamikaze, the Divine Wind decimating the Chinese fleet as fearless warriors brave the tempest to drive off the attacking hordes. Uenaka Chokusai, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Pigment on silk in a pale silk border with ivory rollers. 19-1/2 inches x 7 feet (49 x 214 cm) in fine condition.
Uenaka Chokusai was born in Nara (1885-1977), and was enthralled with the arts from a young age. He apprenticed under Fukada Chokujo, and later Hashimoto Gaho...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1336741 (stock #MOR5210)
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A four stage lacquer Kogo incense case in austere black decorated with the 16 petal Imperial chrysanthemum and enclosed in the original wooden box signed Heian Manju-zo. Inside is superb Nashiji ground. It is 6.5 x 6 x 9 cm (roughly 2-1/2 square by 3-1/2 inches tall). This was made by Uesugi Manju and given as a gift to those who attended the ceremony of the first harvest held by the current emperor of Japan, the Heisei Emperor, in 1988...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1336431 (stock #MOR5199)
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Brass and Shakudo form a dragonfly lighting upon one of three art-deco inspired leaves “floating” on a slab of fine kiri-wood making up this okimono signed on the base Takasaki Hiromasa and enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating likely from the 1930s. It is 36.5 x 30.5 x 2.5 cm (14-1/2 x 12 x 1 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1336336 (stock #MOR5198)
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$250.00
Verdant green covers this elegant form, an anonymous bronze dating from 1950s Japan enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1336335 (stock #TCR5197)
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Egrets in flight decorate the art-deco influenced shape of this faceted hanging vase by Nakamura Suiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. According to the inside of the box, this was one of three made for submission to the 5th Nihon Bijutsu Tenrankai (Nitten, 1949). An entry in the catalog for that year states that Nakamura Suiko of Ishikawa prefecture exhibited a “Tri faceted Porcelain Hanging Vase Decorated with Egrets”...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1336141 (stock #TCR5196)
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A lovely dark Koro incense burner decorated wいth meditating Buddhist images in resist covered with black glaze highlighted with red and enclosed in the original wooden box signed Juzan Te-saku (Made by the hand of Juzan). It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1336024 (stock #ANR5194)
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$1,100.00
A lighthouse rises over the rocky shore, evening mist rolling in as evening deepens. A fine painting of traditional mineral pigments on silk dating from mid 20th century Japan signed simply “Yoshi” (Yorokobu). The scene is bordered in two stages of patterned brocade within a darkened wood frame, and has been recently re-backed with green Washi paper. The screen is 62-1/2 x 55 inches (159 x 140 cm) fully open, and in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Western Artists : Pre 1980 item #1335736 (stock #AOT5191)
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An Artist Proof by American artist and print-maker Olivia Munroe titled composing in dark ink on paper. It is hand, signed, titled and bears the designation Artist Proof in pencil. The paper is 56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 inches). The image is 39.5 x 50 cm (22 x 30 inches). Fine condition.
Olivia Munroe has a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Western Artists : Pre 1980 item #1335735 (stock #AOT5190)
The Kura
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An Artist Proof by American artist and print-maker Olivia Munroe titled composing in dark ink on paper. It is hand, signed, titled and bears the designation Artist Proof in pencil. The paper is 56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 inches). The image is 39.5 x 50 cm (22 x 30 inches). Fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1335608 (stock #TCR5184)
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$1,600.00
An unusual basket shaped ceramic vessel surmounted by a frog by Ito Tozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 5 inches (13 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for the imperial table). In 1867, with the fall ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1335411 (stock #ALV5183)
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The lotus sutra is written out in perfect characters by the Zen Nun Murase Myodo. The ink on paper Sutra is mounted in patterned lavender with Kinran highlights extended in green silk and ends with black lacquered wooden rollers. It is 26 x 52 inches (66.5 x 132 cm) and comes enclosed in a kiri wood box. There are a few faint scattered spots (see photos).
Murase Myodo was born in 1924 in Aichi, one of 9 children, a chance encounter with a nun in her village led her from the age of six ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1335410 (stock #TCV5182)
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$455.00
A chawan by Zen Priest Yamamoto Gempo decorated with the character Okina (elder) within, his signature the only decoration outside. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/4 inches (8.5 cm) tall and comes enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box. For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection
Yamamoto Gempo (1866-1961) was born to a poor family in Wakayama at the end of the Edo period, he was left to die of ex...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335409 (stock #TCV5181)
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A tsutsu-gata chawan decorated with Nanten (Nandina) by Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition. For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection
Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1988) Born in Gifu, he became head priest of Kaiseiji (formerly headed by Nakahara Nantenbo 1839-1925, at that time closed) in 1943, and re-...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335331 (stock #TCV5180)
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$525.00
A chawan tea bowl by Zen priest Kajitani Sonin of Sokokuji Temple in Kyoto enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. The box is stamped with the Yaki-in (brand) of Sokokuji Temple. For a nearly identical piece see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection, p. 101.
Kajitani Sonin (1914-1995) was born in Oita on the southern Island of Kyushu. Diagnosed as ill in Junio...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335330 (stock #TCV5179)
The Kura
$295.00
An incense case made by Mashimizu Zoroku IV and decorated by Murakami Jikai, head Priest of Rokuonji in Kyoto (Known for the gold pavilion called locally Kinkakuji), enclosed in the original wooden box dating from 1987. It is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Murakami Jikai was born in 1902 in Aichi Prefecture and received ordination in 1916 at Rokuon-ji (better known as the Golden Pavilion). After receiving a degree in philosophy from Ōtani University he trained...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1335329 (stock #TOV5178)
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A pair of Futaoki lid rests for use ing the Japanese Tea Ceremony decorated with the Kao signature in red of Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The signature on each is very different, one from his years at Myoshinji Temple, the other from before that. Each is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. For a nearly identical set see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection, p. 115.
Kasumi ...