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 : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1356114 (stock #MOR6416)
The Kura
Price on Request
A carved wooden figure covered in translucent red lacquer representing the Jolly Saint Hotei (Putai) holding an incense burner in one hand. It is 54 x 32 x 27 cm, (21 x 12-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with some losses to the lacquer around the bottom typical of age and use. Across his back is written:
Asa Okishi (Wake in the morning)
Fuku Wo Fukuro Ni Tori-irete (Add Fortune to the Sack)
Nochi Yasuraka ni Nemuru (Sleep Again)
Gokuraku (Paradise...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1920 item #1356113 (stock #AOR6415)
The Kura
$175.00
Antique Surimono Envelopes Woodblock printed w/ Geisha Japanese, ephemera, sosaku, hanga AOR5415 A set of 9 sosaku hanga envelopes printed with Geisha. Each is 6.5 x 15.5 cm (2-1/2 x 6 inches). Besides toning, they are in fine condition. On the envelope is imprinted Kyoto Kyogoku OOrai-Ya Han (printed by OOrai of Kyoto Kyogoku). Kyogoku is one of the main business/shopping districts of Kyoto, and has been a center of commerce and trade for more than a century.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #1356089 (stock #TCR6414)
The Kura
Sale Pending
Stylized Koi swim among the reeds and water plants which decorate this globular vase by important Seto porcelain artist Kawamoto Rekitei (1894-1975) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) tall, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Rekitei was born in Aichi prefecture, home of Seto-yaki and a long standing important production center for Japanese Sometsuke porcelains. In 1914, at the very young age of 20, he received the top prize at the...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1355848 (stock #TCR6413)
The Kura
$495.00
A crab crawls out from between the folds of crackled glaze on this large Rakuzan Yaki vase enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 22 cm (9 inches) tall, 21 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condtion. Legend holds that Matsudaira Sadanaga, lord of Matsuyama Castle, created the first Rakuzan-yaki decorated with its ubiquitous water crab in his garden kiln (Niwa-yaki) in the early 19th century. This Rakuzan-yaki is not to be confused with the Rakuzan yaki from Matsue.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355847 (stock #MOR6412)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you
3 black lacquered trays covered in hira-maki-e feathers from the Wajima lacquer studio of Hirano Yotaro. Each is 15 inches (38.5 cm) diameter, 4 cm (2 inches) tall and in fine condition, enclosed in the original paper sleeves.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1355794 (stock #TCR6411)
The Kura
$980.00
A black-eyed shrimp scoots along the sandy body of this large vase by Miyagawa Kozan capped with a crystalline green fissured glaze cascading from the rim. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall 9-1/2inches (24 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. It is stamped on the base Makuzu. For a nearly identical piece see the book Makuzu Kozan Ten (1986) figure 61.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Cou...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355717 (stock #MOR6410)
The Kura
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A smoking set of hardwood and silver which has been decorated all about with feathers in lacquer. It is roughly a perfect 20 cm (8 inch) cube. Everything about it speaks of top quality. The wood is an imported hardwood, from the rosewood family. Two silver hooks swing out in front to hold the gold, silver and shakudo pipe. The top is decorated with plum blossoms around an intricate brazier cover. A silvered handle on top allows for easy carriage, secured to the sides with silver feathers. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1355712 (stock #MOR6409)
The Kura
$650.00
A small desk made of three parts, two cabinets and a top plate, which can be configured in two arrangements; one with the cabinets together and the plank on top forming a small cabinet, the second with the cabinets separated and the plank between to become a writing desk. The entire surface is covered in thin veneers of parquetry, a style popular from the Meiji to early Showa eras, and likely hails from Nagano prefecture. Perfect for accessories, the seven drawers are roughly 5 x 8 inches (12 x...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1355508 (stock #MOR6408)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A very rare 19th century elaborate head dress (Kanmuri or crown) of gilded parts inset with glass surmounted by a phoenix flanked by two dragons for use in the Japanese Noh Theater. A golden phoenix takes flight from the peak, surrounded by sun, moon and flaming jewel from which are suspended extravagant chains of glass and coral beads and gilded ornaments. Made of brass, paper, wood and thin wire, the entire is covered in gold with the sun and moon in enamel and burning jewels in glass. On t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1355485 (stock #MOR6407)
The Kura
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A unique dry lacquer tea leaf storage jar in the shape of a sleeping “Shicho” courtier dating from the 18th to possibly early 19th centuries. The face is a paragon of serenity. Completely hollow, and very light-weight, it was most likely used to store dried tea leaves for sencha steeped tea. It is 23 x 22 x 35 cm (8 x 9 x 14 inches). There are losses to the lacquer around the base, and on the hat, and some cracks acquired from age and use. The lacquer is quite stable.
According t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1355482 (stock #TCR6406)
The Kura
$335.00
A large dark-glazed Boat-shaped flower vessel with a black lacquered insert made for Ikebana flower arranging enclosed in an old custom wooden box titled Oki-bune. It is 48 x 20 x 9 cm and is in fine condition, likely dating from the Meiji period.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355481 (stock #ALR6407)
The Kura
$650.00
An enso Zen circle encompassing nothing and everything, by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a silk border with black lacquer rollers. The scroll is 62.2 x 119.5 cm (24-1/2 x 47 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa. After a brief period at Empukuji in Kyoto, he moved to Yokohama and received inka from Nakahara Nantenb...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355420 (stock #ALR6406)
The Kura
$600.00
A single stroke of ink forms a writhing dragon on this Zen scroll by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a rough silk border with wood rollers dated Taisho 9 (1920). It is 44 x 196 cm (17-1/2 x 77 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa. After a brief period at Empukuji in Kyoto, he moved to Yokohama and received inka from ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1355418 (stock #MOR6405)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A long bronze boat with removable thatched roof revealing a compartment for burning incense. One can imagine the sage within, burning twigs to heat his tea, smoke escaping the roof as he contemplates the empty moon. It is 13 inches (33 cm) long and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. In fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1355376 (stock #TCR6404)
The Kura
Sale Pending
Tiny colorful turtles parade across the crackle-glazed surface of this large platter by Saito Unraku enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 14-1/4 inches (36 cm) diameter 2-3/8 inches (6 cm) tall and in fine condition.
The Unraku Kiln was established by Saito Unraku I in the Gojozaka area of Kyoto during the Meiji period in the later 19th century. It has been passed from father to son since and is currently headed by the 89 year old third generation.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1355374 (stock #MOR5359)
The Kura
$300.00
Carved into the surface is the phrase Unchu Kasho (Laughing among the clouds). It is likely a reference from ancient literature, although I have been unable to find it. It is 19 x 9-1/2 x 4 inches (24 x 48.5 x 10 cm) and is in excellent condition. There are scratches in the surface and wear to the black lacquer which covered the central characters, however this is simply testament to time and use and does not detract.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1355373 (stock #MOR6403)
The Kura
$1,000.00
A skeleton sits in the traditional Seiza position sheltering a huge skull between its legs. This antique Japanese carving is signed Ringyoku, and likely dates from the later 19th century. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) tall, and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1355304 (stock # TCR6402)
The Kura
$950.00
A very unusual Art-Nouveau vase by the Kinkozan studio in Pastel colors dating from the Taisho period titled Kiku-Kiri Kumo Ho-o Sakura Tachibana Moyo Heiji-gata Kabin. That is a mouthful! It means Chrysanthemum and Paulownia, Cloud and Phoenix, Cherry and Tachibana pattern Heiji-shaped Vase. On the vase are stylized chrysanthemum and clouds and rising paulownia flowers, symbols of imperial family. Inside the lid is written On the night of Nov. 18, 1915 at the Yasaka Club in Kyoto I took par...