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)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1263231 (stock #MOR4577)
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$700
An antique bamboo pot carved with a much worn sage meditating under a pine with a poem reading “The Moon Shines Bright through the Pine Boughs”. A sideways swipe at the bamboo intimates the moon just above the branches of the aged tree. 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 5 inches (11.5 x 9 x 13 cm) and in fine, original condition, dating from the 19th century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1263230 (stock #MOR4437)
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$650
This sign appears to be a work by young Tomioka Tessai in the shape of a fan. It is 27 inches (68 cm) long. The lower corners have been broken and re-glued and otherwise is in fine condition. On back is the Yaki-in (branded stamp) reading Yano, likely the Craftsman who made the piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1263160 (stock #MOR4436)
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$3,600
Large Natural Wood Hibachi, Calligraphy by Tessai Tomioka, antique, Japanese MOR4436 A large round of Kiri wood hollowed out and carved with calligraphy by the great Tomioka Tessai.in white. It is lined with brass, and meant to contain a heating fire. Included are a pair of Myochin signed Hibashi handmade iron fire tongs. A similar item was offered for sale in 1934 from the Kitamura Collection, a copy of the catalog page to be included...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1263159 (stock #MOR4435)
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Sold, Thank you!
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1263158 (stock #MOR4576)
The Kura
$825
A bird perches on a garden stone before sasa-bamboo and blossoming plum on the much worn sides of this 19th century scholar’s bamboo brush pot. A poem to the side extols the virtues of the plum, bamboo, wind and moon. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) tall and in fine, original condition.
Wind causes to dance branches of plum and bamboo, scattering moonlight and shadow as it scatters the blossoms?
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1262928 (stock #MOR4434)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1262926 (stock #MOR4433)
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$850
A very unusual natural wood burl backed with a flat of wood containing a door revealing a chamber in which could be stored tobacco. Slots in the top, lined with metal and bone respectively, can hold a pipe, a pipe cleaner, and would allow the pipe to be dipped into the tobacco without opening the back. The entire back can be removed for cleaning. A leather strap secures a walnut shell Netsuke carved in the shape of a Buddhist prayer drum...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1262808 (stock #MOR4431)
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$750
A bone spoon carved and dyed red to look like a piece of coral fitted inside a deer-skin bag and enclosed in an old wooden box titled Ko-sango (Old Coral). It is 15 cm (6 inches) long and in fine condition, dating from the 19th century. It would have been used to drop water from a bowl onto an ink grinding stone (suzuri) for writing.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1262727 (stock #ANR4430)
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$2,700
A bamboo spray rises from beyond a large garden stone on the gilded panels of this fine two panel screen by Takahashi Ryuga (1863-1930). It has been completely remounted without over-painting and is in excellent condition. Each panel is 87 x 168 cm (34 x 66 inches). Ryuga was born in Niigata prefecture, and studied painting in Kyoto under the Nanga Master Tanomura Chokunyu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1262726 (stock #MOR4632)
The Kura
$850
A Ryuyi (Nyoi) of natural wood wrapped with a silk chord and beautifully worn and polished with many years of love and gentle care. It is roughly 13 inches (33 cm) long and in fine condition.
The Nyoi has many stories associated with it. They are strongly associated with priests, and are said to hold the spirit of the grandchild the priest has forsaken having. For that reason they are also colloquially called Mago-no-te, a “Grandchilds Hand”...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1262623 (stock #MOR4630)
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$1,500
A monumental amount of work went into this anonymous double walled basket of tightly woven bamboo laced with a single strand of root which rises from the base, through the handle and back down the opposite side. Incorporating a Chinese style weave, the hexagonal lattice changes at the rim, wrapped around several layers of alternating patterns, to a wider slat fretwork pattern inside. The multiple strands of root forming the handle are tightly bound together with rattan...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1262622 (stock #MOR4629)
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$370
An open dish of woven bamboo with intricately patterned rim and foot representative of the Karamono (Chinese derived) basket work favored in early 20th century Japan. It is 13 inches (33 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1262529 (stock #TCR4572)
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$450
A very unusually shaped Meiji period Sencha steeped tea tea-pot stamped below the handle by the maker and decorated with a kanshi poem by Nyo-nyo-Do enclosed in an old wooden box. 12.5 cm (5 inches) talland in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1262528 (stock #MOR4554)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1262069 (stock #TCR4628)
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Sold, Thank you!
A spray of bamboo in iron and a short verse decorate the soft gohon-pastels of this large Shuro by Kiyomizu Rokubei and Takeuchi Seiho enclosed in the original wooden box titled Fuchiku (Wind and Bamboo)...