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 : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1264926 (stock #ANR4617)
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$1,200.00
A wide plank of wood forms the background for this Ita-do door decorated in thick pigment with sparrows in bamboo signed Shoho encased in a wooden frame and dating from the early 20th century. The door is 96 x 177 cm (roughly 38 x 70 inches) and is in overall fine condition. The distraught hinges and other hardware have been removed.
Wood doors such as these were most often used between inner rooms and garden exits, or on the exterior walkways between rooms and or structural areas...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1264497 (stock #MOR4612)
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1263509 (stock #ANR4372)
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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. Akashi Shoun was born in Osaka on March 12, 1867, the first year of the Meiji era and a time of great change in Japan...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1236729 (stock #AOR4460)
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A pair of Sensu folding fans hand-painted with calligraphy and a landscape respectively by Hashimoto Dokuzan signed and dated 1929. Paper on bamboo frames, each is roughly 18-1/2 inches (47 cm) across, 11 inches (28 cm) tall and both are in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1194533 (stock #ANR4235)
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A small 8 panel screen dated 1923 and titled ‚ÄúView from the tower of Ro-Jo‚ÄĚ. Rojo refers to Komatsu Castle, one of the principle dwellings in the powerful Kaga domain established by Maeda Toshitsune in modern day Komatsu city Ishikawa prefecture. The screen is painted in a contemporary (for the time) Nanga style using ink and light pigments on gold flaked paper. It is bordered simply in an austere lacquer wood frame...