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.
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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1261867 (stock #MOR4625)
The Kura
$395.00
A stone of dark olive sediment with fossilized inclusions of sea life and minerals, sculpted to accent them in the form of a tree viewed on a winter night. It rests in a finely carved base of rosewood. 16 inches (41 cm) tall, 3 x 5 inches (13 x 7 cm). It is in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261866 (stock #MOR4398)
The Kura
$850.00
Hotei plays Nirameko (see who laughs first at the funny faces) game with a child, a basket of dumplings the prize on this fine Sencha Tea Tray signed Beizan. The grain appears to be some form of Rosewood. While the child sticks out his tongue, Hotei is much more creative, little fingers in his mouth and index fingers raising hi eyebrows, it is a rare look at humor in 19th century Japan. The tray is 8-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (22 x 32.5 cm)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1940 item #1261525 (stock #MOR4624)
The Kura
$6,000.00
An absolutely superb antique Chinese Table of black-wood surrounding a panel of rich red burl. All pieces are expertly carved and joined, one of the finest examples I have seen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1920 item #1261511 (stock #MOR4408)
The Kura
$400.00
A beautiful squash shaped gourd with persimmon colored silk chord and ivory bung enclosed in a fine Kiri-wood viewing box. The burnished red color of the gourd is striated with fine lines, as if it is bursting from the orange bindings. It is 9 cm (4-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition.
The gourd has long associations in Asian history, and serves many uses. It was used to carry medicine, water, alchohol...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1261406 (stock #MOR4622)
The Kura
$1,200.00
A small bamboo Tea Pot cut from a node of bamboo, the spout formed from a hollowed twig, engraved by Yamamoto Shunkyo and enclosed in the original signed wooden box from the Rokasensuiso Collection. On the side is engraved the character Agaru (soar) signed Shunkyo and followed by his Kao signature. It is 3-1/2 x 2-1/4 x 2-1/2 inches (6 x 8.5 x 6 cm), in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261399 (stock #MOR4619)
The Kura
$300.00
A smoke stained Susu-dake bamboo wrist rest carved with the waxing moon suspended over a bat hovering around the upper branches of a Bonsai pine tree rooted in a shallow basin on a table. A streak of pale bamboo shows where rope had once been wrapped around the ancient bamboo pole, and the artist has chosen to use this as a feature to intimate mist...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1261270 (stock #ANR4617)
The Kura
$2,500.00
An exquisite set of small fusuma doors made for a window or alcove, decorated with Horse-tail in raised gold on one side and featuring rabbit shaped handles. The scenes are performed with gold on raised gofun and ink on paper covered with scattered gold flake, enclosed in a mulberry wood frame typical of the Taisho era. The handles are in the shape of rabbits in brass, the securing nail forming the eye of the creature. Made for an opening roughly 65 x 103.5 cm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261269 (stock #MOR4616)
The Kura
$880.00
A pentagonal box of select grained wood lacquered red within, black on bottom and the the outside clear accentuating the beautiful grain, enclosed in a period black lacquered wooden box dating from the 19th century. Removing the lid, four compartments are revealed. The lower two compartments are fitted in the sides with small serving dished of the same wood design...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1261244 (stock #MOR4615)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A carving of Mary and the baby Jesus in the form of Kannon with a child carved from a burl of raw wood, and bearing a Christian cross on the base. The Pointed robes are slightly elongated, accentuating the natural form of the wood. On back is glued an old paper label reading Kakure-Kirishitan (Hidden Christian), and was likely affixed there by some former owner. It is 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1261243 (stock #MOR4614)
The Kura
$475.00
A peaked stone in the form of a thatched roof home set onto a superbly carved wooden base rising on one side to meet the misshapen natural bottom of the form...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261102 (stock #MOR4612)
The Kura
$1,000.00
MOR4612 A beautifully polished and worn piece of natural wood hollowed out and plugged on one end, the other open with a solid zogei lid made to carry incense. The lid shows perfect grain and the wooden body is scarred and gnarled by time and nature...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1261100 (stock #MOR4405)
The Kura
$475.00
A very rare Natural Benikamo viewing stone in the shape of a thatched minka farmhouse. An excellent piece for Bonseki miniature gardens or to accompany a bonsai display. It is 9 x 5 x 8 cm (4-1/2 x 2 x 4 inches) and is of course in excellent condition. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1960 item #1261098 (stock #MOR4611)
The Kura
$525.00
Tightly woven strands of caramel colored smoked bamboo mix with raw root, the highs polished to a soft glow leaving black to accent the shadows in the spaces between. A fine anonymous Hanakago basket dating with braided arch handle from the first half of the 20th century. It is 15-1/2 inches (39 cm) tall and in fine condition. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1260964 (stock #MOR4610)
The Kura
$4,800.00
A Rimpa style design adorns this silver-rimmed raw kiri-wood suzuri-bako painted by Kawai Gyokudo and containing a ceramic ink stone, brushes, punch and knife by Ito Tozan and a silver and shakudo water dropper stamped by an unknown metal artist. Inside a river flows from top to bottom in rich, soft blue. All is held in place by a silk pillow, and it is wrapped in a silk cloth enclosed in a wooden box stamped by the studio (Miyazaki, on Kyoto’s Ebisugawa/Sakaimachi streets) for whom the box ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1980 item #1260963 (stock #MOR4609)
The Kura
$1,180.00
Raised Cloisonné flowers decorate the lid of this brass Suzuri Bako Writing box made by the Ando Studio and enclosed in a silk lined custom wood box. Inside is lacquered black, and contains the never used ink-grinding stone (Suzuri) as well as a suiteki of the same brass and cloisonne design set into a wooden tray with rests built in for brushes. It bears the Ando mark on the base and is in fine condition, measuring 10 x 7 inches (18 x 26 cm). ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1260868 (stock #MOR4608)
The Kura
Sold
A fine Kikukaseki (also Kihkkaseki) fossilized Chrysanthemum stone featuring the Chrysanthemum boldly polished from a mottled red surface and set into a slight but superbly crafted wooden stand. It is 6-1/2x 2 x 5-1/2 inches (16.5 x 5 x 14 cm) and is in fine condition.
Kikukaseki or Kikka-Seki (fossilized Chrysanthemum stone) is a kind of viewing stone featuring natural crystaline chrysanthemum patterns, and it is highly valued for it's beauty. Of course the Chrysanthemum is the symbol o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1260867 (stock #MOR2501)
The Kura
$625.00
A mischievous Shojo sprite pads forward with a long dipping scoop over his shoulder, a huge pot behind (likely filled with rice wine as the Shojo is very fond of drink). Opposite a long inscription fills the open area. The pottery vessel is deeply carved into the bamboo with the Shojo in relief before it. The piece is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall, roughly -3/4 inches (7 cm) diameter at the base and dated 1901. The bamboo is a rich amber red, lighter in the carved section, with a fixed wooden ba...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1260639 (stock #MOR4607)
The Kura
$1,250.00
A beautiful Chinese style open basket by Tanabe Chikuunsai II featuring a wide copper basin for flower arranging. It measures 15 inches (38 cm) diameter and is signed beneath, Chikuunsai. There is staining from the use of lead flower frogs on the copper insert; the basket is in fine condition.
Tanabe Chikuunsai I (1877-1937) began under the tutelage of the great Meiji bamboo artist Wada Waichisai, establishing his own studio in 1890. He is credited with having held the first exclusive b...