The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1164420 (stock #MOR4109)
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A catfish swims among the rocks and reads, the current flowing like the swish of its tail behind on this beautiful Mingei Shrine carving dating from the later Edo period. Of course it calls to mind the Zen Koan, how does one catch a catfish with a gourd…. This came from a shrine in Otsu prefecture at the foot of Mt. Hie which was torn down last year. It had been between the upper beam and the gable on the front of a smaller Shrine on the grounds of a Tendai Temple...
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...
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 “View from the tower of Ro-Jo”. 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1226097 (stock #MOR4406)
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A fine anonymous basket of split bamboo and bamboo root with rattan binding wrapped in a complex lapping pattern. It is roughly 45 cm (18 inches) across the handle, 36 cm diameter (15 inches) and 35 cm (14-1/2 inches) tall; in fine condition, dating from the early to mid 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1233430 (stock #TCR4435)
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The 14 petal Imperial Chrysanthemum flanked by Paulownia is emblazoned in gold on the front of this exquisite vase by Imperial Court Artist Ito Tozan I. Bamboo, the tree that bends but does not break, grows up among the imperial symbology and references the Japanese Imperial line, unbroken for nearly 2000 years. The vase is 8-3/4 inches (22 cm) tall and is in perfect condition. The box is tied with a green silk chord with highlights of orange...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1233907 (stock #TCR4442)
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A beautiful large black Seto Guro Hikidashi Chawan with undulating rim sculpted to perfectly rest in the hands by some anonymous 17th to 18th century potter. It is 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1234711 (stock #TCR4216)
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An exquisite pair of 19th century Hakeme Tokkuri Sake flasks covered in age darkened crackled gray glaze with wide bold strokes of white. Color has infused the glaze with age and flavor. There are silver repairs to the rims, enhancing the antique feel and showing the value placed on the pieces by their former owner. Each is roughly 15.5 cm (6 inches) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1236191 (stock #MOR4452)
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A lovely Furuya-ishi Natural Viewing Stone set into a rosewood base and enclosed in an old Kiri-wood box titled Furuya-Ishi. It is 3 x 1-1/2 x 2 inches (7.5 x 4 x 5 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1236729 (stock #AOR4460)
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A pair of Sensu folding fans hand-painted with calligraphy and a landscape respectively by Hashimoto Dokuzan signed and dated 1929. Paper on bamboo frames, each is roughly 18-1/2 inches (47 cm) across, 11 inches (28 cm) tall and both are in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1238318 (stock #MOR4475)
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Ryugu-jo Castle is depicted in gold couched thread on the blue silk field of this superb Fukusa gift cloth dating from the turn of the 19th century. Frothing white waves surround the mythical palace, and the four corners of the cloth are secured by long-tailed minogame turtles, befitting the scene. It measures 25 x 32 inches (64 x 82 cm) and is in excellent condition but for some wear on one side of the red silk-crepe backing (see close-up photo)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1238615 (stock #MOR4477)
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A massive tiger defensively nudges the female deity on this amazing 19th century silk Fukusa. Hand-painted and composed from patchwork patterns of lavish antique brocades and featuring glass eyes and metal teeth and claws sewn into the fabric of the creature. The piece is backed with red rinzu silk patterned with cranes and plum blossoms. It is 23-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches (59 x 64 cm) and is in fine condition. It comes wrapped around a pillow in a large kiri-wood box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1238769 (stock #TCR4480)
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A Chawan tea bowl decorated in iron with a floral spray by Yamamoto Shunkyo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is over 5 inches (13.5 cm) diameter, 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall. There is a hairline glaze crack visible on the inside of the bowl, but does not go through to the outside (see close-up photo to compare)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1239493 (stock #MOR4486)
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The box is titled Gokashiki Ju-kei ko na ri, Venerable Sweets Dish, Soaring Visitation of Fortune, and is signed on the base Settei. The design of a soaring crane among clouds within is that of Takeuchi Seiho, the maki-e performed by artist Kanbei Settei. The piece is 11 x 6-1/2 x 3 inches (28 x 16.5 x 7.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1943) will be a subject of any discussion of 20th century Japanese art...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1970 item #1241203 (stock #MOR4487)
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White cranes soar in front of the rising sun on this spectacular cloisonné writing by by the Ando Studio marked on the base. Inside a suzuri stone and matching suiteki water dropper are set onto a lacquer wooden tray between brush stands. The piece is in excellent condition, 24 x 25-1/2 x 5 cm (9-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 2 inches) and comes enclosed in a kiri-wood kabuse bako box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1241355 (stock #TCR4488)
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An exquisite and rare tiny O-ko-date incense burner for stick incense from the Minpei kilns enclosed in a wooden box attributed to Sato Sekizen by Shohei Hozan. It is 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in fine condition, stamped on the base Sekizen.
Mimpei-yaki, is a type of pottery established in the late Edo era (circa 1830) by Mimpei Kasyu, the village headman of Igano mura, a small town in the southernmost part of Awaji island west of Osaka...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1241827 (stock #MBR4495)
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A mottled bronze vase decorated with overlapping carp with gold inlayed eyes by Izumi Seijo II It comes with an exquisite Karaki Chinese Rosewood Stand, the vase and stand each in a separate cloth storage bag. The box is signed and thrice stamped, the vase signed and stamped on the side and there is an inscription on the base in ancient seal script...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1241828 (stock #MBR4496)
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A fine caramel colored bronze vase inlayed with silver waves and gold plovers under silver clouds dating from the late 19th to dawn of the 20th century. It is 15 cm (6 inches) tall. There is a ding in the rim, but does not affect the shape of the vase (see close-up photos).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1241942 (stock #MBR4497)
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A double gourd shaped bronze dating from the early 20th century by Ichinose Soshin wrapped in a yellow cloth bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box...