The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1281953 (stock #MOR4781)
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An 8 sided dish patterned with wood grains inlaid with bamboo, actually all performed entirely with the Kanshitsu dry lacquer technique. It is 12 inches (30 cm) across, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in fine condition, enclosed in the original wooden box signed Gyokuho. Inei Gyokuho was a lacquer artist from Kyoto in the first half of the 20th century, and judging from the number of written boxes I have seen, a favorite of Urasenke tea school masters Tantansai and Hounsai.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1281321 (stock #TCR4780)
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Five character inscriptions decorate these two chawan tea bowls signed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu. The taller bowl reads “Matsu ni Kokon no Iro Nashi (The pine never changes color). The second is Kochu Nichigetsu Nagashi (Inside the pot, the sun and moon eternally shine). Thank you to the scholar Veljko Dujin for the translations. They are 15 and 13 cm (5-3/4 & 5-1/4 inches) diameter respectively and in fine condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1281210 (stock #TCR4779)
The Kura
$580.00
A smattering of ash decorates the head and back of this finely modeled Bizen Elephant by Konishi Toko I supplanted by a seated image of the Buddha Shakyamuni. The figure is 10 x 4 x 9 inches (25 x 9.5 x 23 cm) and is in fine condition but for the tip of one tusk which has been broken off. It is stamped on the belly between the legs Toko.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1280880 (stock #MOR4778)
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$870.00
Red and gold leaves cling to the branches on this superb togidashi maki-e arced vase enclosed in the original wooden box. It is 31 x 7 x 15 cm (12 x 3 x 6 inches) and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1280726 (stock #TCR4773)
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A five character inscription decorates this chawan tea bowl signed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still recovering and many temples were quite poor...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1280725 (stock #TCR4772)
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A four character inscription decorates this chawan tea bowl signed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still recovering and many temples were quite poor...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1280577 (stock #MOR4771)
The Kura
$695.00
A red sun dominates the black field of this togidashi dry lacquer dish enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kanshitsu Seiki and signed Ryuji. It is 14 x 12-1/2 x 2 inches (35.5 x 32 x 5 cm) and in fine condition, signed beneath.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1280296 (stock #MOR4764)
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Butterflies and Phoenix in gold and Mother of Pearl dance among the gold and silver patterns and scattered mists of gold flake on this fine lacquered box supported on four legs by the Zohiko Studio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) across, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1280126 (stock #TCR4760)
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Seasonal Fruits and vegetables are incised into this fine celadon bowl by Seiful Yohei IV enclosed in the original wooden box. Pomegranates, grapes, oranges, peaches, chestnuts and more can be seen upon close inspection. It is 8 inches (20.5 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei IV (1871-1951) Seifu, unlike many potters of the time, was low production and tenacious in approach. The third generation head of the family (d...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1279984 (stock #MOR4759)
The Kura
$600.00
A bronze statue of Nakabe Ikujiro dating from the 1950s standing 16 inches (41 cm) tall enclosed in the original signed wooden box and in fine condition. Nakabe (1866-1946) was one of the great and most creative industrial leaders in early modern Japan...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #1279852 (stock #MOR4758)
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A very elegant sculpture of Nichiren finished in matte black, a scroll in one hand, paddle in the other and glass eyes staring out from a benign face. The image appears to be taken from the Kamakura era figure of Nichiren held by Hokkeji Temple in Matsumae. On the back in Mandala-like red script is written the NamuAmidabutsu. It rests on a fine base gilded in genuine gold, and comes enclosed in a wooden box signed Shofudo (the studio which produced this piece)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1279851 (stock #TCR4757)
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A puppy appears through the green glaze of this finely crafted Kogo by Suwa Sozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter 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 #1279729 (stock #MOR4755)
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An art-deco cast bronze box by Katori Masahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 14 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm (5-1/2 x 3-3/4 x 1 inches) and in fine condition.
Katori Masahiko (1899-1988) was born into the family of prominent Bronze Artist Katori Hozuma in Chiba. He was internationally awarded at the Paris Exposition in 1925, the year he graduated The Tokyo University of Fine Arts (a student of Tsuda Shinobu)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1279727 (stock #TCR4754)
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A dark metallic glaze covers this heavy Mizusashi by Miyanaga Tozan decorated with deeply carved grasses and resist decoration of a soaring crane and calligraphy by Muto Sanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo University of Art. While a governmen...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1279515 (stock #MOR4751)
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$370.00
Seasonal vistas hand painted by Mizuta Kenzan decorate this set of five Kashiki sweets trays used typically in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. These would be for dried sweets which are ingested before drinking the thick maccha green tea. Each tray is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) square and in fine condition, wrapped in individual cloth bags and enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Five Views of Mt. Fuji.
Mizuta Kenzan (1900-1988) was a prominent figure in Japanese Nanga circles frequently di...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1279225 (stock #TCR4745)
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$1,680.00
A bottle gourd shaped vessel decorated in ukibori style with scrolling peonies and fortuitous symbols by Seifu Yohei enclosed in a double wooden box annotated by the fifth generation. Paperwork enclosed with the vase shows a piece of the same design was exhibited as part of the Matsutake (Shoin) Collection before the second world war. The vase is 17 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall and in fine condition. There is a secondary stamp impressed near the signature I have never seen before on a Seifu work wh...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1278942 (stock #MOR4742)
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Mother of pearl is inset into the silver powder dusted lattice set between red lacquered pillars forming this art-deco era lacquer vase enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Iwamura Sadao (1912-1944). A brass insert which rests perfectly between the four corners allows for flowers. The strong geometric patterning embodies the Art Deco style so popular in Japan in the 1930s. It is 6-1/4 inches (16cm) square, 15-1/2 inches (39.5 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. The design is simi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1930 item #1278893 (stock #MOR4740)
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$800.00
A superb carving of a folded leaf being explored by a long red centipede. This is a Sago tea scoop for use in the steeped tea of the literati. It is 6 inches (15.5 cm) long and comes in an old cloth bag enclosed in a wooden storage box dating from the early 20th century, and is in excellent condition.