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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1263509 (stock #ANR4372)
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Hermitage in the Plum Forest by Akashiya Shoun Antique, Japanese, screen, byobu, painting ANR4372 A hermitage lost in the early blossoms of the plum forest, ink and light color inside a wide gold border and mulberry frame typical of the Taisho era. Gold powder has been liberally applied intimating a shimmering mist throughout, creating an ethereal quality. Signed in the upper left corner, it is 68 x 149 inches (172.5 x 378 cm) and in overall fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1262727 (stock #ANR4430)
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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 : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1261270 (stock #ANR4617)
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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1194533 (stock #ANR4235)
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A small 8 panel screen dated 1923 and titled ‚ÄúView from the tower of Ro-Jo‚ÄĚ. Rojo refers to Komatsu Castle, one of the principle dwellings in the powerful Kaga domain established by Maeda Toshitsune in modern day Komatsu city Ishikawa prefecture. The screen is painted in a contemporary (for the time) Nanga style using ink and light pigments on gold flaked paper. It is bordered simply in an austere lacquer wood frame...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1181547 (stock #ANR4177 )
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A huge three legged toad climbs the back of Gama, while Tekkai exhales his spirit on another journey through the timeless classics of Chinese liturgy, two paintings by Hara Zaizen. Mineral pigments on paper mounted on applied gold and bordered in fine silk with a lacquered wood frame. Each panel measures 94 x 170.5 cm (37 x 67 inches) and is in fine condition...