The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholarís realm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1950 item #1264217 (stock #MOR4412)
The Kura
$600
A very rare Natural Sajigawa viewing stone in the shape of a thatched minka farmhouse. An excellent piece for Bonseki miniature gardens or to accompany a bonsai display. It is 11 x 6 x 9 cm (5 x 2-1/2 x 4 inches) and is of course in excellent condition. Saji stones come from the Saji river in Tottori prefecture.
Stones idealized the horizon. Bringing an undisturbed memory of distance into the confines of the often cramped and overstuffed rooms in the notoriously small Japanese study...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1264117 (stock #MOR4602B)
The Kura
$450
Three very different stones set into hardwood bases, one a spire of black from Shikoku which rings like iron set in a rosewood stand. The second a low mountainscape from the Furuya-ishi region of Wakayama set into grain striped hardwood, featuring a streak of white (water) running through the center. The third is a snow covered spire also of Furuya-ishi, set into a wide red hard-wood base. The spire is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1264115 (stock #MOR4602A)
The Kura
$450
Three Japanese Suiseki Viewing Stones Spirit, Scholar, furuya, ishi MOR4602AB Three very different stones set into hardwood bases, one a spire of black from Shikoku which rings like iron set in a rosewood stand. The second a low mountainscape from the Furuya-ishi region of Wakayama set into grain striped hardwood, featuring a streak of white (water) running through the center. The third is a snow covered spire also of Furuya-ishi, set into a wide red hard-wood base...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1263995 (stock #MOR4601)
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$400
A natural formed Furuya-ishi stone basin mounted on a wooden base which, when filled with water, acts as a brush washing bowl for a scholars desk. This would go very well with the stone brush rest also listed in the catalog. It is 13 x 11 x 11 cm (5 x 4 x 4 inches) and is in fine condition, the bow itself stained dark from ink. The base is a lightwood, likely kiri (Paulownia, that most Japanese of woods).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1940 item #1263992 (stock #MOR4598)
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$350
A Brush stand of rosewood inset with a slab of natural shaped burl dating from the early 20th century. Pegs on the side are there to hang brushes. It is 34 x 8 x 32 cm (13-1/2 x 3 x 12-1/2 inches and is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1263990 (stock #MOR4596)
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$250
A set of five wooden trays covered with woven bamboo and lacquered in the Shunkei style with multiple layers of colored and transparent lacquers. Each is 29.5 cm (12 inches) square, and signed on the underside. There are a couple of tiny nicks in the rim typical of use, but are in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1263807 (stock #MOR4595)
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$1,150
A tall vase in the style of bamboo ikebana vases cut from a single round of fantastically burled wood, polished to a soft glow by years of handling. Outside is a beautiful deep red patina. The upper and lower cores have been removed and inset with bamboo vases. It is 49 cm (19-1/2 inches) tall, and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1930 item #1263646 (stock #MOR4374)
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$340
A naturally formed burl of wood forms this rugged basin in rich candy buff finish outside, lacquered red within. It is 29 x 23 x 9 cm (9 x 11-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition, with a few minor burn marks inside accentuating age and use.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1263509 (stock #ANR4372)
The Kura
$2,200
Hermitage in the Plum Forest by Akashiya Shoun Antique, Japanese, screen, byobu, painting ANR4372 A hermitage lost in the early blossoms of the plum forest, ink and light color inside a wide gold border and mulberry frame typical of the Taisho era. Gold powder has been liberally applied intimating a shimmering mist throughout, creating an ethereal quality. Signed in the upper left corner, it is 68 x 149 inches (172.5 x 378 cm) and in overall fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1950 item #1263232 (stock #MOR4638)
The Kura
$300
A hanging basket deriving its style from a merchants cash basket which would have hung near the front of a stall or shop, in easy reach to the vendor to both make change and hold payments. Unlike the vendors basket, this is of a much wider weave of thin cane bamboo. It is 12-1/2 inches (33 cm) tall including the handle, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter and is in fine condition, signed on the base. It can be displayed either hanging or standing flat.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1263159 (stock #MOR4435)
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Sold, Thank you!
A very unusual tall basket of falling bands of rich red bamboo and dark root culminating in a splayed foot. It is almost 2 feet (60 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1262928 (stock #MOR4434)
The Kura
$400
Three peaks rise to barren tops, the forms simple and rounded as if viewed in a Rimpa painting, an unusual Suiseki stone set into a carved wooden base. The bottom of the stone shows evidence where softer material was removed, revealing the natural shape of the stone. It is 11 x 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (27.5 x 11.5 x 14 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1950 item #1262809 (stock #MOR4432)
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$1,500
A large cylinder taken from the base of bamboo carved with three frogs and signed Amanohashi Shujin Usho-saku and dated Showa 8 (1933), enclosed in a period wooden box. One of the creatures rests quietly in a hollow, while two others climb the side, one of those surmounting the top. These are not carved and added to the piece, but are actually a part of the original bamboo, the head and mouth of the top fellow being part of the original nodules between the chambers in the bamboo plant...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1262724 (stock #TCR4631)
The Kura
$900
Reishi mushroom handles grow off the sides of this exquisitely formed Matsuzaka Banko tetsu-yu vase bearing two stamps on the base and dating from the opening of the 20th century. The first stamp reads Matsuzaka Banko, the second appears to read Hoga. It is 21-1/2 inches (55 cm) tall, 8-1/2 x 6 inches (21.5 x 15 cm) and in fine condition. Sakuma Hoga was an artist from Yokaichi in Mie prefecture, the home of Banko Pottery...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1262528 (stock #MOR4554)
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$660
A Natural slate Suzuri-ishi writing stone split in half with the top and bottom perfectly married, lifting to reveal an ink well within. It is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) long and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1950 item #1262066 (stock #MOR4625)
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Sold, Thank you!
A complex weave of various styles of bamboo create intricate forms on this four-footed ikebana basket capped with an arcing root handle dating from the first half of the 20th century. Inside can be found the original shaved bamboo otoshi water container lined with metal. Branches, portions of stalk, braids and multilayered strands mix with single strips to form a rich landscape for the senses, all a rich amber hue with soft luster...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1261867 (stock #MOR4625)
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$395
A stone of dark olive sediment with fossilized inclusions of sea life and minerals, sculpted to accent them in the form of a tree viewed on a winter night. It rests in a finely carved base of rosewood. 16 inches (41 cm) tall, 3 x 5 inches (13 x 7 cm). It is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1940 item #1261525 (stock #MOR4624)
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$6,000
An absolutely superb antique Chinese Table of black-wood surrounding a panel of rich red burl. All pieces are expertly carved and joined, one of the finest examples I have seen. It is 17-1/2x 11 x 9 inches (45 x 28 x 23 cm), weighing roughly 4 kilograms (9 lbs) and is in excellent condition.