The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1247081 (stock #TCR3035)
The Kura
$800.00
An Oto-yaki Chawan inscribed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu with the Tea phrase Jakunen Fudo (Quiet and immovable) enclosed in a wooden box. The bowl is 4-1/2 inches (12 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Oto Yaki (also Odo Yaki) began in the 17th century under the Yamauchi clan of modern day Kochi prefecture on the Isle of Shikoku...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1246752 (stock #MOR4533)
The Kura
$860.00
An image of a resting bull by Yugata Yuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1970. The large swell of the muscular back and low position of the head give it at once a restful and yet decidedly powerful posture. It is 35 x 25 x 17 cm (14 x 10 x 7 inches) and is in fine condition weighing 5 kg (11 lbs). Yugata Yuma (1891-1981) entered the Tokyo University of Arts in 1912, and studied under Asakura Fumio...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1244689 (stock #MOR4526)
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A heavy iron dish in the shape of a dried leaf with removable handle enclosed in a fine wooden box. The method of production is the same as that of tea kettles and Chagama. It is 19 x 17 cm (7-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1244418 (stock #MOR4523)
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Flowers in burnt orange spray across the front of this red fan shaped sweets tray decorated by by Kamizaka Sekka and enclosed in a period paper box. It is 10 x 8-1/2 x 1/2 inches (25.5 x 21.5 x 1.5 cm). There is one minor nick in the rim which can be repaired if desired.
Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #1242827 (stock #MOR4505)
The Kura
$1600.00
An early Art Glass work by Iwata Toshichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Rich green branches climb up to embrace a translucent white cloud. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Iwata Toshichi (1893-1980) is undoubtedly the man to wear the label the “Father” of modern glass work in Japan...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1980 item #1242520 (stock #MOR4503)
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$650.00
A beautiful large Suiseki mounted on a truly exquisite rich red carved wood base signed by the carver with an accompanying tablet titled Rokko no Kokei (View of Mt. Rokko), the mountain providing the backdrop to Kobe city. Natural white lines Scoring the stone are called itokake and intimate snow left in the shadows or water cascading through the many deep clefts and over the steep precipices. This is an excellent stone measuring 26 x 15 x 22 cm (10 x 6 x 9 inches).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1980 item #1242420 (stock #MOR4501)
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A beautiful Suiseki mounted on rich red carved wood base enclosed in a custom made kiri-wood display box. There is a sublime balance between the ragged peaks and deep clefts in the stone, and excellent example of the Renzan (Range) type of stone. The stone is 37 x 10 x 12 cm (15 x 4 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition. There is one very small nick in the wooden base (1/8th of an inch or 3 mm in size). Together the stone and box weight 3.5 kilograms (roughly 8 pounds)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1970 item #1242370 (stock #MOR4500)
The Kura
$900.00
Stylized patterns revealing multi-colored layers are carved into the sides of this black lacquered wooden suiban basin complete with bronze liner and original wooden box signed Shinsui. It is 15 x 30.5 x 7.5 cm (6 x 12 x 4 inches), signed on the base Shin, and is in fine condition, likely dating from the 1950s or early 60s.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1241942 (stock #MBR4497)
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A double gourd shaped bronze dating from the early 20th century by Ichinose Soshin wrapped in a yellow cloth bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The box reads Jundo Karamono-Utsushi Hana-Ire (Pure Bronze Chinese Style Vase) and is signed in the lower left corner Ichinose Soshin followed by the stamp Soshin. The vase is 24.5 cm (10 inches) tall, 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
The First Soshin (Chotaro) began a metalworking studio in 1876...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1241827 (stock #MBR4495)
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A mottled bronze vase decorated with overlapping carp with gold inlayed eyes by Izumi Seijo II It comes with an exquisite Karaki Chinese Rosewood Stand, the vase and stand each in a separate cloth storage bag. The box is signed and thrice stamped, the vase signed and stamped on the side and there is an inscription on the base in ancient seal script...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1241825 (stock #TCR4494)
The Kura
$550.00
An abbreviated form of the character Kotobuki is scrawled in red on the side of this deep Wan-gata Chawan by Tenryuji priest Seki Bokuo enclosed in the original wooden box stamped on bottom Tenryugama and signed within by Bokuo. It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine 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 1960 item #1241589 (stock #TCR4493)
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$650.00
An Enso circle by the Daitokuji Temple priest Kankei Jokin decorates this Seto Tenmoku shaped Chawan created by Kato Shunji II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. The box is signed on the side by Kato and stamped on the lid Daitokuji beside the title Kokuso Tenmoku, and annotated within as being by Daitokuji Kankei.
Kato Shunji II (1892-1979) Studied under his father Shunji I, succeeding the family business in 1925...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1241588 (stock #TCR4492)
The Kura
$150.00
A tea bowl celebrating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Tenryu-zan Mantokuji Temple decorated with the character Nyo by the priest Ken’ei. Nyo is the character for Nyorai, the deities who come to assist mankind in the suffering of this impermanent world. It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1241323 (stock #TCR4488)
The Kura
$1,350.00
An Aka-e Tea Leaf storage urn (Chaire) and accompanying Chakin stand for use with Chinese style steeped green tea by Seifu Yohei, both enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1970 item #1241203 (stock #MOR4487)
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White cranes soar in front of the rising sun on this spectacular cloisonné writing by by the Ando Studio marked on the base. Inside a suzuri stone and matching suiteki water dropper are set onto a lacquer wooden tray between brush stands. The piece is in excellent condition, 24 x 25-1/2 x 5 cm (9-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 2 inches) and comes enclosed in a kiri-wood kabuse bako box.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1239493 (stock #MOR4486)
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The box is titled Gokashiki Ju-kei ko na ri, Venerable Sweets Dish, Soaring Visitation of Fortune, and is signed on the base Settei. The design of a soaring crane among clouds within is that of Takeuchi Seiho, the maki-e performed by artist Kanbei Settei. The piece is 11 x 6-1/2 x 3 inches (28 x 16.5 x 7.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1943) will be a subject of any discussion of 20th century Japanese art. He learned painting from the famous Shijo school artis...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1239409 (stock #MOR4485)
The Kura
$650.00
Gilded birds circle within the silver nashiji basin of this large 8 sided maki-e bowl decorated with the Shikunshi (plum, chrysanthemm, Bamboo and Orchid) enclosed in a fine shiho-kiri-wood box titled Shikunshi Maki-e Hakkakkei Kashi-ki (8 sided sweets dish decorated with the 4 friends of winter). Outside the Shikun-shi (also called four gentlemen) on four panels are separated from each other by a floral spray. The bowl is in excellent condition, measuring 12 inches (30 cm) across, 3-1/2 inche...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1238997 (stock #ANR4482)
The Kura
$4,500.00
A young girl pining away the early summer day under a blossoming white jasmine is expertly performed on this early 20th century two panel silk screen. It measures 47 x 82-1/2 inches (118.5 x 210 cm) and is very displayable, the perfect size for wall mounting. There is some dirtiness to the silk from time and handling (see close-up photos). The first stamp reads Shirahama (a family name), the second Tokiso. Tokiso is the name of a delicate orchid indigenous to Japan and China (Pogonia japonic...