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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1264811 (stock #ANR4615 B)
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$4,800
A set of four double sided Edo period Fusuma doors decorated in ink and light color on paper by two separate artists at different times. One side is painted by Nakabayashi Chikuto, the other somewhat older, unsigned but certainly by an accomplished artist blending late Kano techniques with Nanga and traces of Haiga...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1264810 (stock #ANR4615 A)
The Kura
$4,800
A set of four double sided Edo period Fusuma doors decorated in ink and light color on paper by two separate artists at different times. One side is painted by Nakabayashi Chikuto, the other somewhat older, unsigned but certainly by an accomplished artist blending late Kano techniques with Nanga and traces of Haiga...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1930 item #1264808 (stock #MOR4614)
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$600
A set of trays turned from horse chestnut and decorated in ink with The Four Gentlemen (Plum, Bamboo, Orchid and Chrysanthemum) of literati fame with accompanying poems by Nishio Setsuko (Hiroshi, b. 1899) and dated 1925. Tocchi (horse chestnut) is highly prized for its wild grain patterns and figuring represented in this set of trays covered in clear lacquer. They are 15 inches (38.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1980 item #1264624 (stock #MOR4613)
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$1,250
A massive Sanuki Bori Platter with a cucumber carved into the surface, a grape and Bushukan (Buddhas Hand Fruit) carved in life-size relief. A masterpiece for any collector of Sanuki Carving. It is 35 x 17 x 2 inches (89 x 44.5 x 5.5 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1264621 (stock #MOR4597)
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$450
A carved wood fish gutted and drying, pierced with a hole through which a chord would have passed. It is an exceptionally long (Sashi) Netsuke and appears to be signed Shozan. Dried fish like this was typical travelling food in 19th c. Japan. It is 11 inches (18.5 cm) long and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre AD 1000 item #1264619 (stock #MOR4552)
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$800
A 7th to 8th century Japanese Roof Tile excavated and converted into an ink stone by carving out a grinding surface in the center, likely performed in the edo period when such things were in fashion. Traces of color where ivy had once decorated the exposed surface are still visible, and one might only imagine the palace from which such an ostentatious tile might have come. It is 25 x 20 cm (10 x 8 inches) with an arched form rising 5 cm (2 inches) to the center...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1264497 (stock #MOR4612)
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Sale Pending
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1264491 (stock #MOR4611)
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Sale Pending
A pair of Wooden doors dating from the later Meiji to Taisho period of fine clear grained panels hand-painted with butterflies, birds, and floral dials in brilliant color by Maruyama Oyo in red lacquered wooden frames retaining the original brass hardware. They are made for an opening 141.5 x 180 cm (55-3/4 x 71 inches). They are in overall fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1264490 (stock #MOR4611)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A pair of Wooden doors dating from the later Meiji to Taisho period of fine clear grained panels hand-painted with butterflies, birds, and floral dials in brilliant color by Maruyama Oyo in red lacquered wooden frames retaining the original brass hardware. They are made for an opening 141.5 x 180 cm (55-3/4 x 71 inches). They are in overall fine condition. These were acquired from a large estate along the Kamiyagawa River in Kyoto’s posh Kinugasa district...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1264453 (stock #TCR3042)
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Sold, Thank you!
A set of unique porcelain cups for Sencha green tea by five top names in Kyoto, Seifu Yohei, Takahashi Dohachi, Kiyomizu Rokubei, Mashimizu Zoroku and Miura Chikusen, all carried inside a six sided bamboo carrying case signed and stamped by each artist with each cup described, the case in turn enclosed in a wooden box. The box is titled Kosometsuke (?) Chawan, and signed within (illegible) likely by the collector for whom the set was made followed by one small and one large stamp...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1264452 (stock #MOR4610)
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Sale Pending
Finely molded and decorated on the deck with phoenix and on the side with waves and flying fish enclosed in a box signed Heian Juryu-Do It is 25 x 1.5 x 16 cm and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1264344 (stock #MOR4609)
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$350
5 brief lines of poetry like whisps of smoke impressed onto the crescent moon on this sheer white folding fan on softly glowing bamboo frame decorated by Otagaki Rengetsu. The poem reads:
noni yama ni ukarete kaerusa o neya made okuru aki no yo no tsuki
Through fields and mountains, so enchanting, on the way home
The autumn moon accompanied me, All the way to my bedroom.
It is 17-1/2 inches wide fully extended...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #1264343 (stock #MOR4608)
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$850
A pair of hollowed and lacquered coconut shells enclosed with a folding fan in a box decorated by Shimizu Hian. The gold and silver sides of the black lacquered fan are also decorated with calligraphy by this eccentric scholar artist. Inside the box lid is a poem and a painting of a tokkuri and sake cup signed Hian. The two open vessels would have been partly filled with hot water, and the Tokkuri would have been inserted to keep the sake warm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1264342 (stock #TCR4607)
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Sale Pending
A set of five Porcelain Tea Cups decorated by 5 individual artists from the early 20th century; Tomioka Tessai, Tajika Chikuson, Kamisaka Sekka, Imao Keinen and another as yet unidentfied artist, stamped on the base by the kiln. Each cup is uniquely hand painted by the artist; all stamped on the base by the potter, and come enclosed in a quality custom-made period wooden box. Each is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall, 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and all are in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1264341 (stock #TCR4173)
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Sold, Thank you!
A set of ten cups decorated with a unique poem and painting of the Five Nobles, (Bamboo, Orchid, Plum, Pine and Chrysanthemum, also known as the five Gentlemen). The cups were made by Mikuni Tanyu, and decorated by Nishimura Goun. Perfectly formed, each is delicately painted with a short verse and one of the five representatives of scholarly virtue. Each cup is 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter, 4.5 cm (2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Mikuni Tanyu of Kyoto learned potting under th...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1264340 (stock #MOR4606)
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$185
An inclusion, likely a fossil of some form, shines white on the dark, stacked hill shape side of this fine suiseki set into a superbly crafted rosewood base. It is 8 inches (20 cm) long and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1264223 (stock #TCR4239)
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$700
A scholarly landscape unfolds around this proud sometsuke porcelain tea pot by Takahashi Dohachi decorated by important artist Tomioka Tessai. The piece is signed by both artists, Dohachi within the lid, Tessai on the side. It is 8 cm tall, 5 cm diameter and in fine condition.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by the retainer of Kameyama fief, Dohachi I around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of porcelain by the second generation head of the family wh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1264222 (stock #TCR4605)
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$550
A fly whisk Symbol of the Buddhist priest and poem decorate the side of this large bowl made by Takahashi Dohachi and decorated by Tajika Chikuson enclosed in the original wooden box signed Kachutei Dohachi. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in fine condition.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by a retainer of Kameyama fief, Takahashi Dohachi I around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of porcelain and ceramic production by t...