The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their patience during the last few months since the Kumamoto Earthquake. Robert has been working with disaster relief group IDRO Japan in the earthquake affected areas of Kumamoto, and this has caused some delays in listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. For more on these efforts see IDRO Japan on Facebook.
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1294276 (stock #MOR4269)
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Incredible attention to detail defines this large Pagoda entirely gilded in gold. It is 32 inches (81.5 cm) tall, 16 inches (41.5 cm) square at the base and in excellent condition. This would have been displayed in a Butsuma as a reliquary container. Both upper and lower doors open to reveal gold lined chambers in which the Buddhist objects could be stored. A couple of the small bells dangling from the eaves have been replaced or re-hung with wire. Due to size the cost of shipping will be a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1301765 (stock #ANR4888)
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A framed nihonga painting by Shibahara Kisho exhibited at the 1934 Nitten National Exhibition (Teiten V) titled Banshun no Kogai (Late Spring in the Suburbs). Boys day banners of fish drape in the placid air, setting the scene in early May. The naive nature of the image shows a childish joy, and perhaps reflects the sentiments of Japanese as they began to look forward to a new prosperity after the worst years of the Great Depression. Unfortunately this hope would be soon quashed by the echoes...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1303048 (stock #TCR4896)
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A large Ukibori vase covered in iron with yellow slip raised imagery of birds in a pomegranate tree by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1917. It is 16 inches (40 cm) tall 10-1/2 inches (26 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1303624 (stock #MOR4903)
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Four kiri panels are set into a rosewood framework, each uniquely painted by Osaka Literati paragon Mori Kinseki. It is 12 x 12 x 11-1/2 inches (30 x 30 x 29 cm) and is in fine condition. The brass insert too, looks almost unused. Included is a small folding fan in the original box by the artist as well. Mori Kinseki (1843-1921) was born the third son in a family of Inn owners in the hotsprings town of Arima, Hyogo prefecture, in 1843. At the age of three he was sent away to be raised by ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1305627 (stock #MOR4913)
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An unusual Meiji period bronze image of the jolly Daikoku-ten, one of the 7 gods of fortune, looking incredibly relaxed and content. His hat is removable to reveal a chamber for burning incense, and the smoke would be exhaled though his open mouth. It is 6-1/2 x 8 x 5-1/2 inches 16.5 x 20 x 14 cm) and is in overall fine, original condition. The artist chop is in a raised cartouche on the base and appears to read Yoshioka Minpo.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1308512 (stock #AOR4916)
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A book of 22 images by Wakasa Seigyo (Butsugai) depicted with ink and light color on paper. The album is 9-1/2 x 13 inches (24 x 33 cm), each painting 19 x 13 inches (48 x 33 cm). It is in overall very good condition. Seigyo Wakasa (Butsugai, 1888- 1957) was born Chutaro in Akita Prefecture, in the far North of the main Japanese Isle. He studied painting first under Takahashi Chozan, and after moving to Tokyo with Terasaki Kogyo at the Tokyo University of Art. After graduation he relocated ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1308624 (stock #AOR4917)
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Sitting demurely, legs folded with her back to the viewer, an oil painting by Yoshii Kosaburo dated 1937 and encased in the original period wooden frame. Oil on canvas, the painting is 15 x 18 inches (38 x 46 cm), the frame 21 x 23-1/2 inches (53 x 60 cm) and is in fine condition. The frame has marks and wear typical of age. It comes with some period documents (Japanese) on the artist. Yoshii Kosaburo was born in 1899, and initially studied under Imperial Art Academy Member Nakagawa Hachiro. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1308959 (stock #ANR4921 )
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A large screen depicting a samurai replete with the Jakumei crest of the Takeda Clan rearing his horse in a shout of battle, wand extended at arms length giving the order to charge. The horse appears to be fighting panic, possibly at the deafening sound of the guns of Oda Nobunaga, a sound which brought in the modern era of warfare to Japan in a pitched battle between Oda forces and those of Takeda Shingen. The scene is depicted in a typical Meiji Rekishiga-style, light pigments on silk, wrapp...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1309169 (stock #MOR4923)
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A bridge and weeping-cherry (shidare sakura) draped over swirling eddies on this silver lidded Meiji period Koro incense burner on its original matching table. On the table a waterwheel is visible downstream from the same scene, tiny silver beads floating on the crests of the ripples. The incense burner has a silver lid and removable liner, with a nashiji gold-flaked bottom. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition. The table is 14-1/2 x 7 x 2-1/2 inches (37 x 17.5 x 6 cm)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1960 item #1309170 (stock #MOR4924)
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A blossoming plum rises majestically on the simulated matt-metal finish of this cloisonné vase by the Ando studio marked on the base. The interior is a rich dark blue, the exterior flat orange peel textured metal gray with the flower laden branches rising up in moriage. It is 30.5 cm (12 inches) tall, 18.5 cm (7 inches) diameter and in fine condition, enclosed in a wooden box.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1309297 (stock #MBR4926)
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A fine dark olive bronze by Living National Treasure Katori Masahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in fine condition. Katori Masahiko (1899-1988) was born into the family of prominent Bronze Artist Katori Hozuma in Chiba. He was internationally awarded at the Paris Exposition in 1925, the year he graduated The Tokyo University of Fine Arts (a student of Tsuda Shinobu). Heavily involved with the Teiten/Nitten National Art Exhibition, following the...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1309371 (stock #MBR4927)
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An exquisite mottling of reds and greens covers this Balluster Form by Hasegawa Gassen enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Hasegawa Gassen was one of the great pre-war metal artists whose work was largely collected by the Imperial household and a dominant figure in mid 20th century Japanese bronze-work.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1309466 (stock #ALR4933)
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A snake slithers through the late summer grasses on this painting by Utsumi Koho dated 1901. Painted on silk, it has been completely remounted in a fine cloth border featuring blackened wood rollers. The scroll is 20-1/2 x 71-1/2 inches (52.5 x 182 cm) and is in fine condition. Utsumi Koho (Tsunejiro) was born in Chiba prefecture in 1878, the tenth year of the Meiji period. He studied the Shijo manner of painting under Mochizuki Kinpo. He was a member of the Nihon Geijutsu Kyokai, and rec...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1309867 (stock #ALR4935)
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An interesting comment on the circle of life, the huge cicada, with only a three day (above ground) life, is dissected and carried away by a line of tiny ants, birth and death, the mighty and the tiny, and the cycle of life continues. This image is by Ishikawa Chikuson and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is performed with ink and light color on handmade paper, mounted in a field of soft-blue silk extended with beige. The scroll is 22 x 48-1/2 inches (55 x 123 cm) and is i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1311886 (stock #TCR4951)
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A Ryoro Sencha Steeped Tea Brazier by Seifu Yohei II complete with the original very rare near perfect condition bisque fired liner surmounted with a ring of swirling clouds, a pheasant, carp and Tiger. Outside it is decorated with blossoming trees and plants in the literati style and signed on the base. A window in the side pierced in the manner of bamboo growing over a garden rock would allow the preparer to fan the coals to heat water to the perfect temperature for the tea being served. Th...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1312011 (stock #ALR4956)
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A lone figure stares up at the autumn moon from the confines of his hermitage in this fine painting by Yasuda Hanpo. Ink and pigment on silk in a green patterned silk border. It is 58 x 202 cm (23 x 79-1/2 inches). There is a mark in the upper right corner, otherwise is in fine condition.
Yasuda Hanpo (1889-1947) was a Nanga artist studied under Mizuta Chikuho and Himejima Chikugai. He was first accepted into the Bunten in Taisho 6 (1918) and was steadily accepted throughout his life....
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1312045 (stock #ALR4959)
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An unusual image of a towering stone among pines by Yasuda Hanpo enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1935. It is titled Sosui Manken (In the shade of Towering Trees. Light pigment and ink on paper in a cloud-patterned satin border with large bone rollers. 46.5 x 207 cm (18-1/2 x 82 inches) and is in exceptional condition.
Yasuda Hanpo (1889-1947) was a Nanga artist studied under Mizuta Chikuho and Himejima Chikugai. He was first accepted into the Bunten in Taisho 6 (1918) ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1312628 (stock #TCR4968)
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Carp leap from the churning waves on the side of this exquisite porcelain by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box which is protected by an outer black lacquered wooden box (ni-ju-bako). The detail is crisp and clear, everything we would come to expect from this illustrious artist. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced...