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 1940 item #1357853 (stock #MOR6434)
The Kura
$200.00
A spent brass artillery shell has been slowely crushed in alternating ripples to form this squat vase or brush pot. On the base is stamped 18Pr II LOT 2423, CF and barely visible 91/11. It is 4 inches (10.5 cm) diameter and 3 inches (8 cm) tall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1357825 (stock #TCR6433)
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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 : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1357573 (stock #MBR6431)
The Kura
$560.00
The ferocious image growls as it glares, the hunched form slinking forward in angular, Art-deco lines. This piece likely dates from the immediate pre or post-war eras, when this style was at its peak. It is 16-1/2 inches (42 cm) long and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1357570 (stock #TCR6428)
The Kura
$950.00
A cream colored ball bundled in gold forms this unusual Mizusashi water container by “Maboroshi” visionary artist Nakamura Baizan enclosed in the original signed wooden box annotated by Omotesenkei 13th grand master Sokuchusai (1901-1979). It is 10-3/4 inches (27.5 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. Nakamura Toyoji (Baizan 1) was born in 1885 into a wealthy family and in his youth devoted a great deal of time to his passion, establishing a ceramic Kiln...
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 : Okimono : Pre 1980 item #1357440 (stock #MOR6426)
The Kura
$950.00
A pair of stones representing marital bliss enclosed in a custom made wooden box annotated by Omotesenkei 13th grand master Sokuchusai (1901-1979) and titled “Awa-san Me-oto Ishi” (Married stones from Awa). This would indicate that they came from the Island of Shikoku. On their stands they are roughly 6 inches tall each.
Sokuchusai was born in Kyoto, second son of the12th generation head of Omotesenkei Tea School...
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 : 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 : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1355376 (stock #TCR6404)
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Tiny colorful turtles parade across the crackle-glazed surface of this large platter by Saito Unraku enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 14-1/4 inches (36 cm) diameter 2-3/8 inches (6 cm) tall and in fine condition.
The Unraku Kiln was established by Saito Unraku I in the Gojozaka area of Kyoto during the Meiji period in the later 19th century. It has been passed from father to son since and is currently headed by the 89 year old third generation.
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...
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...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1353472 (stock #TCR6390)
The Kura
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A pottery figure of a Ho-o phoenix in pale crackled glaze with over-glaze enamel colors by Ito Tozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 22 cm tall and in fine condition. Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began his artistic career studying painting in the Shijo manner under Koizumi Togaku before moving to the plastic arts under a number of teachers, including Takahashi Dohachi...
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...