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.
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1263644 (stock #MOR4373)
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A small pottery suiteki water dropper used to add water to ink when grinding on a stone made by Iemoto of Urasenke Tanabe Gengensai and decorated with bats and the Subaru constellation, enclosed in a period wooden box titled Tanabe Gengen Ji-saku (No. 357) From the Yamamoto Izumi Collection...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1263508 (stock #MOR4371)
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$2,000
An iron tea pot with solid silver handle, lid and rim. Late 19th to early 20th century in excellent condition. The piece is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, 18 cm (7 inches) to the top of the handle...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1262529 (stock #TCR4572)
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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261866 (stock #MOR4398)
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$850
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1261406 (stock #MOR4622)
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$1,200
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1248028 (stock #TCR4551)
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A large Hakeme Sweets dish made by Kato Genjiro and decorated by the Buddhist Scholar Nanjo Bunyu to commemorate his ascension to temple life on the 8th day of the third month of 1923. It is 17.5 cm (67 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Tsuruma Sanko Yaki (also known as Tsurumai Yaki) was established in the Showa district of Nagoya, Aichi prefecture by Kato Genjiro in 1914...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1247181 (stock #TCR4542)
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A fine Koburi wan-gata small Chawan Tea bowl for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony decorated with a flora spray and short verse by Imao Keinen and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. As there is no potters mark, it is likely Keinen formed this bowl by his own hand. It is 11.5 cm (4-3/4) inches diameter, 7.5 cm tall and in fine condition but for one minute gold repair to a chip in the rim...