The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures



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All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1245567 (stock #MOR4529)
The Kura
$495.00
A cut for the root of a bamboo, the root nodules shaved down and the top notched with the exposed areas of the notch and rim covered in black lacquer and decorated with swirls of golden ripples. It is enclosed in the original signed wooden box. 27 cm (11 inches) tall and in fine condition. This vase is by veteran Kyoto bamboo artist Masada Soryo (Fukensai, b...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1244689 (stock #MOR4526)
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A heavy iron dish in the shape of a dried leaf with removable handle enclosed in a fine wooden box. The method of production is the same as that of tea kettles and Chagama. It is 19 x 17 cm (7-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1241825 (stock #TCR4494)
The Kura
$550.00
An abbreviated form of the character Kotobuki is scrawled in red on the side of this deep Wan-gata Chawan by Tenryuji priest Seki Bokuo enclosed in the original wooden box stamped on bottom Tenryugama and signed within by Bokuo. It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Seki Bokuo (1903-1991), former head priest of Tenryuji Temp Seki Bokuo born in Gunma prefecture, and studied at the Keio university medical course, before taking up formal Zen training...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1241589 (stock #TCR4493)
The Kura
$650.00
An Enso circle by the Daitokuji Temple priest Kankei Jokin decorates this Seto Tenmoku shaped Chawan created by Kato Shunji II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. The box is signed on the side by Kato and stamped on the lid Daitokuji beside the title Kokuso Tenmoku, and annotated within as being by Daitokuji Kankei.
Kato Shunji II (1892-1979) Studied under his father Shunji I, succeeding the family business in 1925...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1241588 (stock #TCR4492)
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$150.00
A tea bowl celebrating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Tenryu-zan Mantokuji Temple decorated with the character Nyo by the priest Ken’ei. Nyo is the character for Nyorai, the deities who come to assist mankind in the suffering of this impermanent world. It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1241433 (stock #TCR4490)
The Kura
$950.00
An exquisite repair of powdered gold patterned with waves adorns the rim of this spectacular Edo period Hakeme Chawan Tea Bowl. It comes wrapped in a purple silk bag with cotton buff and enclosed in a shiho Kiri-wood Box. The bowl is 13.5 cm diameter (just more than 5 inches)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1241432 (stock #TCR4489)
The Kura
$600.00
A spray of ink decorates the side of this Edo period Karatsu Kataguchi Chawan Tea bowl enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box. It is 6-1/2 x 4 x 3 inches (15.5 x 9 x 8.5 cm) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1241323 (stock #TCR4488)
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$1,350.00
An Aka-e Tea Leaf storage urn (Chaire) and accompanying Chakin stand for use with Chinese style steeped green tea by Seifu Yohei, both enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes. Difficult to attribute, this is possibly the work of the fourth generation head of the family (1871-1956). The Chakin tsustsu is titled Aka-e Shikunshi-zu Cha Kin Tsutsu (Decorated with the Four Friends of Winter in Red) and is 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) tall...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1239362 (stock #TCR4484)
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The 14 petal Imperial Chrysanthemum forms a triad emblazoned in gold on the lid of this exquisite mizusashi fresh water jar by Imperial Court Artist Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated as having been received in June 1911. The box is tied with a green silk chord. The piece is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm diameter, roughly 7 inches (18 cm) tall and is in perfect condition. The 16 petal seal with 16 petals between is used only by the emperor...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1238056 (stock #TCR4471)
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A bowl decorated with three characters Seikoji and the ka-o signature of Takeda Mokurai enclosed in the original wooden box impressed with the yaki-in (brand) of Mokurai on the lid, the stamp of the potter beneath. Seikoji is the name of a temple. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Takeda Mokurai (1854-1930). Mokurai began his journey down the Buddhist path at the age of 7 under the priest Ryodo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1236119 (stock #TCR4451)
The Kura
$2,000.00
Popular in Buddhist Tea Circles in the Edo period, this recovered Tokoname Fushiki pot, very roughly fired, dates from the mid to late Kamakura period (1192-1333), but was unearthed and used as a mizusashi during the Edo. A kiln mark in the shape of a fish tail, or perhaps broad leaf, (like a ginko leaf) is struck in the side, partially obscured by glaze. Old red lacquer seals a crack in the side, and a drainage hole originally in the bottom has been filled. There is an old black lacquered wo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1236118 (stock #TCR4450)
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$1,850.00
A rare 17th century Yanagikawa Tea Bowl of elongated form with a small gold repair in one end enclosed in an antique kiri-wood Kabuse-bako elaborately detailed with a story within. It features a very unusual double notched square foot, bare in parts revealing soft wet red clay. According to what we can read of the inscription, this was made around 1633 during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the same year as the Shimabara Rebellion. It is 6 x4-1/2 x 3 inches (15 x 11.5 x 7.5 cm) and has two sma...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1235919 (stock #TCR4449)
The Kura
$1,350.00
A wide Hira Chawan covered in earthy gray glaze with an upturned rim dating from the 17th to 18th centuries enclosed in a tattered red lacquered wooden box. The very small Kodai is in the style of early imported Chinese ware, yet the shape is distinctly Japanese. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in fine condition. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1235917 (stock #TCR4448)
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$500.00
A beautifully thrown Hakeme Chawan exhibiting a deep red luster over the gray and white glazes. The Kodai is thick and wide, likening it to that of the Korai era Chawan imported from Korea and the simple wan-gata form harkens back to the styles preferred by Sen no Rikyu. There is a soft spiral cut into the foot, and the quality of the clay is likely that of Hagi or Northern Kyushu, although it is also possibly a Korean import made for the Japanese market. The bowl is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) dia...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1235759 (stock #TCR4447)
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$3,000.00
A superb example of the Momoyama to early Edo style of Ki-Seto is presented by this Deep Tsutsu Chawan dating from the 17th century. It comes enclosed in a tattered ancient red and black lacquered mentori wooden box, annotated (illegible) inside the lid in lacquer, and further enclosed in a Jindai Sugi Cedar box of top quality. The Bowl is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. ...