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 scholar’s realm.
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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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)
The Kura
$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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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)
The Kura
$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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1261243 (stock #MOR4614)
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$475
A peaked stone in the form of a thatched roof home set onto a superbly carved wooden base rising on one side to meet the misshapen natural bottom of the form. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1960 item #1261098 (stock #MOR4611)
The Kura
$525
Tightly woven strands of caramel colored smoked bamboo mix with raw root, the highs polished to a soft glow leaving black to accent the shadows in the spaces between. A fine anonymous Hanakago basket dating with braided arch handle from the first half of the 20th century. It is 15-1/2 inches (39 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1980 item #1260963 (stock #MOR4609)
The Kura
$1,180
Raised Cloisonné flowers decorate the lid of this brass Suzuri Bako Writing box made by the Ando Studio and enclosed in a silk lined custom wood box. Inside is lacquered black, and contains the never used ink-grinding stone (Suzuri) as well as a suiteki of the same brass and cloisonne design set into a wooden tray with rests built in for brushes. It bears the Ando mark on the base and is in fine condition, measuring 10 x 7 inches (18 x 26 cm).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1260868 (stock #MOR4608)
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A fine Kikukaseki (also Kihkkaseki) fossilized Chrysanthemum stone featuring the Chrysanthemum boldly polished from a mottled red surface and set into a slight but superbly crafted wooden stand. It is 6-1/2x 2 x 5-1/2 inches (16.5 x 5 x 14 cm) and is in fine condition.
Kikukaseki or Kikka-Seki (fossilized Chrysanthemum stone) is a kind of viewing stone featuring natural crystaline chrysanthemum patterns, and it is highly valued for it's beauty...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1260639 (stock #MOR4607)
The Kura
$1,250
A beautiful Chinese style open basket by Tanabe Chikuunsai II featuring a wide copper basin for flower arranging. It measures 15 inches (38 cm) diameter and is signed beneath, Chikuunsai. There is staining from the use of lead flower frogs on the copper insert; the basket is in fine condition.
Tanabe Chikuunsai I (1877-1937) began under the tutelage of the great Meiji bamboo artist Wada Waichisai, establishing his own studio in 1890...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1960 item #1260581 (stock #MOR4604)
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$575
A fine mountain shaped stone with linear stripes called Toraishi (Tiger Stone) from the Seta River in a soft olive color with red undertones and black stripes. It sits on a base of beautifully sculpted rosewood. It is 20 x 12 x 12 cm (8 x 5 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1254333 (stock #TCR4601)
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A large porcelain vase by Miyanaga Tozan decorated with a garden scene of young pine growing up around a large stone brushed by Yamamoto Shunkyo and enclosed in a double wooden box signed by both artists. It comes with the pictured rosewood stand in a separate section in the box. The vase is 12 inches (31cm) tall 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1253536 (stock #TCR4600)
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A sophisticated soft yellow Kiji Celadon vase by important early 20th century female potter Suwa Sozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in fine condition. The vessel dates from the late Taisho to early Showa period (1922-1940), when Sencha and the ideas of Chinese Scholarly life reigned in Japan.
Suwa Sozan II (Torako (1890-1977)) was the niece and adopted daughter of Teishitsu Gigei-in Suwa Sozan I (1852-1922)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1253261 (stock #TCR4599)
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$550
A kiji Yellow Celadon Koro incense burner with a horse finial enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Kato Kozan. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kato Keizan (1886-1963) was born in Tajimi city, Gifu, a pottery center in its own right, however came to Kyoto to apprentice under Kiyomizu Rokubei IV. He established himself in the same neighborhood in Kyoto, where he became well known for celadon and Chinese based porcelain forms...