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 : 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 : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1364384 (stock #MOR6488)
The Kura
$375.00
Stout bamboo grows strongly up the fine wood grains of this tray decorated by bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910-2000) covered in lacquer and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 33.5 cm (13-1/2 inches) diameter and in prefect condition. Tanabe is one of the most important names in Basketry in the Kansai region of central Japan...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1364286 (stock #TCR6485)
The Kura
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A porcelain okimono of two mandarin ducks, symbol of marital bliss and eternal love, the male standing fiercely on guard over the female as she rests. It comes enclosed in the original box signed inside the door Heian Juko (Yoshimitsu) and dated on bottom January 31 of Showa 16 (1941). It is 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...
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)
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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)
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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 : 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)
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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)
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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.
Rekitei was born in Aichi prefecture, home of Seto-yaki and a long standing important production center for Japanese Sometsuke porcelains...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1354796 (stock #AOR6401)
The Kura
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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...
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....
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. He became Dharma-Heir of ...
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.
Takek...
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. Kurodani Temple is shown as a close-up of the threading on a samurai armor shoulder guard, Damonji Mountain is a patchwork o...