The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1301765 (stock #ANR4888)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A framed nihonga painting by Shibahara Kisho exhibited at the 1934 Nitten National Exhibition (Teiten V) titled Banshun no Kogai (Late Spring in the Suburbs). Boys day banners of fish drape in the placid air, setting the scene in early May. The naive nature of the image shows a childish joy, and perhaps reflects the sentiments of Japanese as they began to look forward to a new prosperity after the worst years of the Great Depression...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1300721 (stock #ALR4883)
The Kura
$1,200.00
A carp churns the water with a swish of his powerful tail in this iconic work by post-war artist Kaji Kiichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the 1950s to ‘60s. The ochre pigments are applied over paper, and set in a frame of superb patterned silk extended with beige and terminating in ivory rollers (these would be changed if shipping abroad). It comes with a futo-maki wooden cover and a fine signed wooden box with cover titled simply “Koi”...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1298925 (stock #ALR4879)
The Kura
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Birds take shelter for the coming of night as the mist rolls in on the bare branches of a stand of trees huddled along a stream, all dyed with the colors of late autumn in this exceptional work by Hashimoto Kansetsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Seen in silhouette against the moon, are these crows, the stalwart creatures which hunker down through winter, or are they Sagi (herons) harbingers of the cold to come? This painting is a superb example of his mature style...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1297610 (stock #ALR4870A)
The Kura
$2,200.00
A pair of large exhibition sized scrolls by Kinoshita Seiyo which appear to depict the resort town of Takao, home of World Heritage Site Kozanji, buried deep in the mountains North of Kyoto. The thick pigment is applied over silk, mounted in patterned green brocade with only a thin bead of white piping to accent the image. Each is 102.5 x 211 cm (40-1/2 inches by 7 feet)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1297609 (stock #ALR4870B)
The Kura
$2,200.00
A pair of large exhibition sized scrolls by Kinoshita Seiyo which appear to depict the resort town of Takao, home of World Heritage Site Kozanji, buried deep in the mountains North of Kyoto. The thick pigment is applied over silk, mounted in patterned green brocade with only a thin bead of white piping to accent the image. Each is 102.5 x 211 cm (40-1/2 inches by 7 feet)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1295351 (stock #ANR4812)
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Magnificent white creatures preen among sun dapples and giant leaves on the 8 panels of this set of screens dating from the Taisho period by Ito Kinsen. The pigment and ink on paper panels are mounted in simple black lacquered frames. Each screen is 117 x 70 inches (284 x 177.5 cm) and is in overall fine condition, with some toning and minor worm damage in a few places along the inner edges typical of age.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1295288 (stock #ALR4809)
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A superbly rendered image of a golden-eyed monkey with prehensile tail curling upward in a fine mounting of golden striped brocade by Ota Issai. The scroll is 34 x 59 inches (86 x 150 cm) and is in excellent condition, completely remounted using quality materials without overpainting. Ota Issai (1892-1979) was born in Nishio city, Aichi prefecture near modern day Nagoya...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1295168 (stock #ALR4808)
The Kura
$2,000.00
A superb image titled “Twilight at the Old Castle” by Hirai Baisen enclosed in the original wooden box signed Chikujo-so Baisen. He has used a combination of very wet washes with dry brisk strokes to create a classic scene by this artist. The approach of a solitary figure below sets this apart. It is performed with ink and light color on paper, bordered in a fine frame of patterned brocade. It is 26-1/2 x 90 inches (67 x 229 cm) and in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1285840 (stock #ALR4819)
The Kura
$3,500.00
Mount Fuji rises majestically beyond a blossoming plum, and a scholars studio displays a fine assortment of natural objects in this complimentary pair of paintings by Fukuda Kodojin and female artist/Poet Miura Eiran with calligraphy by Kokufu Seito. The ink and light color on paper works are 18 x 70 and 18 x 73 inches (46 x 178 and 46 x 183 cm) respectively, mounted in silk with wooden rollers...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1285485 (stock #ALR4815)
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An exquisite rendering of a bee, paused in flight by the intoxicating scent of a poppy over which he soars by Matsumoto Senkyo enclosed in a fine wooden box. This was purchased as an unmounted painting and we have had it presented in pale blue silk reflecting the color of the summer sky. It is 21 x 75 inches (53 x 191 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Matusmoto Senkyo (1879-1932) was born in Aichi prefecture, and traveled to Kyoto to study at the E-Senmon Gakko (Mod...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1284892 (stock #ANR4808)
The Kura
$3,300.00
A fox stands bushy and alert among autumn grasses and blossoming thistle, all background lost to the mist on this excellent example of the early Showa aesthetic by Kimoto Taika. Each panel is 34 x 65 inches (86 x 165 cm). The open size is total 68 x 65 inches or 172 x 165 cm). The scene is bordered simply in Shunkei Red lacquer and is in fine condition, dating from the mid forites...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1284803 (stock #ALR4807)
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A haunting view of a house glowing ghostlike, lost amid the dark forest by Hirai Baisen enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The box is titled Yukyo, loosely translated “ghost house”, but literally, “barely present”. Bold washes and a very wet brush allows the ink to soak the paper creating large swaths of bokashi bleeding into each other on the edges...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1279515 (stock #MOR4751)
The Kura
$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 : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1275931 (stock #ANR4738)
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A huge exhibition screen by Nakamura Masahiko (1897-1964) featuring a gagaku dancer striking a definitive pose before flaming phoenix on a background of mirror image five storied pagodas. Pigment on silk in a red lacquered wooden frame typical of the era. It is similar in content to his 1927 submission to the Nitten National Exhibition, and can be associated with that time. Each panel is 94.5 x 233 cm (37 x 92 inches) and it is in overall fine condition, with typical marks from handling and a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1274884 (stock #ALR4721)
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A painting of plums over an abstract yellow ground by Mizuno Shinso dating from the late 1950s enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Performed with pigment on paper, it is bordered in fine silk. The scroll is 66 x 140 cm (26 x 55 inches) and is in overall fine condition. The art of the 1950s has been left largely unexplored, and it is this unique era of change which we seek to introduce with this current exhibition. This piece typifies the time with a blending of techniques, tradition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1274315 (stock #ANR4716)
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A view of the radiacal tree walls and thatched homes of Izumo by Nohara Chosei mounted as a two panel screen. Overall the artist has used thin colors to create the scene, yet the trees, and some other features are heavily built up with color and testure. He has then added heavy droplets creating rocks and bits of wood which too show texture and create shadows on the scene. The screen is performed with a combination of light and heavy pigment on paper, in a transitional style typical of the ea...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1273159 (stock #ANR4712)
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The screen is performed with heavy pigment on silk, in a transitional style typical of the early post war era where the theme remains traditional yet the execution is changing stylistically to what would become Nihonga after the mid 50s. It is possibly “Chatei Akibi” (Autumn Tea Garden), exhibited 5th Nitten, 1949. The image, style and execution match the era, but there are no photographic records with which to compare. Each panel is 174 x 90 cm (68-1/2 inches x 3 feet). Due to size the co...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1264497 (stock #MOR4662)
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A large Bunko paper storage box of austere raw kiri-wood with solid silver rims by Toyosai decorated with figures by Kikuchi Keigetsu enclosed in the original signed double box titled Kyokusui no Utage Bunko.
Kyokusui no Utage (en) is the old tradition of a group sitting scattered near a garden stream. A cup is set adrift filled with sake, and before it reaches the first person he must compose the first line of a poem. He takes a drink and sets the cup afloat again, the second must then ...