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 scholar’s realm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1263995 (stock #MOR4601)
The Kura
$400
A natural formed Furuya-ishi stone basin mounted on a wooden base which, when filled with water, acts as a brush washing bowl for a scholars desk. This would go very well with the stone brush rest also listed in the catalog. It is 13 x 11 x 11 cm (5 x 4 x 4 inches) and is in fine condition, the bow itself stained dark from ink. The base is a lightwood, likely kiri (Paulownia, that most Japanese of woods).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1263994 (stock #MOR4600 )
The Kura
Sale Pending
An exquisite natural snag of wood lovingly polished in the shape of a whale to act as a traditional door knock suspended by a brown silk chord. It is 66 cm (26 inches) long and in overall fine condition. This could easily be hung outside the tea room for calling the visitors.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1263993 (stock #MOR4599)
The Kura
$300
A large elongated gourd in mottled red-brown patina with bone bung and ox-horn ring wrapped with dark brown chord. It is 22 inches (56 cm) long and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1940 item #1263992 (stock #MOR4598)
The Kura
$350
A Brush stand of rosewood inset with a slab of natural shaped burl dating from the early 20th century. Pegs on the side are there to hang brushes. It is 34 x 8 x 32 cm (13-1/2 x 3 x 12-1/2 inches and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1263991 (stock #MOR4597)
The Kura
$700
A very large naturally patinated burl of raw wood forming a radical object herkening to Gong Xi stones. It is roughly 20 x 8-1/2 x 13 inches (50 x 22 x 33 cm) and is perfect as a stand for Jizai okimono, or as a display with bonsai similar to a suiseki or even standing alone as in the photographs.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1263990 (stock #MOR4596)
The Kura
$250
A set of five wooden trays covered with woven bamboo and lacquered in the Shunkei style with multiple layers of colored and transparent lacquers. Each is 29.5 cm (12 inches) square, and signed on the underside. There are a couple of tiny nicks in the rim typical of use, but are in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1263807 (stock #MOR4595)
The Kura
$1,150
A tall vase in the style of bamboo ikebana vases cut from a single round of fantastically burled wood, polished to a soft glow by years of handling. Outside is a beautiful deep red patina. The upper and lower cores have been removed and inset with bamboo vases. It is 49 cm (19-1/2 inches) tall, and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1263806 (stock #ANR4375B)
The Kura
$16,000
16,000.00 An 18th-19th century Literati landscape featuring a scholars gathering in a forest of pines on one side, a pair of boats pulling up to a hermitage on the other. These are published in the book Jidai Byobu Shuei (pre-restoration, pages 76 and 77). They have been completely restored maintaining the original cloth border and are in superb condition. Each screen measures 70-1/2 x 150-1/2 inches (179 x 382 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1263804 (stock #ANR4375)
The Kura
$16,000
An 18th-early 19th century Literati landscape featuring a scholars gathering in a forest of pines on one side, a pair of boats pulling up to a hermitage on the other. These are published in the book Jidai Byobu Shuei (pre-restoration, pages 76 and 77). They have been completely restored maintaining the original cloth border and are in superb condition. Each screen measures 70-1/2 x 150-1/2 inches (179 x 382 cm)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1930 item #1263646 (stock #MOR4374)
The Kura
$340
A naturally formed burl of wood forms this rugged basin in rich candy buff finish outside, lacquered red within. It is 29 x 23 x 9 cm (9 x 11-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition, with a few minor burn marks inside accentuating age and use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1263645 (stock #MOR4491)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you!
Rich mineralization colors the mottled grain of this scholar’s desk of Jindai Sugi featuring Chinese hardwood ends and solid sliver hardware enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 58 x 35 x 13 cm and in overall fine condtion. There are some minor indentations in the surface from use (see the last two photos)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1263644 (stock #MOR4373)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A small pottery suiteki water dropper used to add water to ink when grinding on a stone made by Iemoto of Urasenke Tanabe Gengensai and decorated with bats and the Subaru constellation, enclosed in a period wooden box titled Tanabe Gengen Ji-saku (No. 357) From the Yamamoto Izumi Collection...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1263509 (stock #ANR4372)
The Kura
$2,200
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1263508 (stock #MOR4371)
The Kura
$2,000
An iron tea pot with solid silver handle, lid and rim. Late 19th to early 20th century in excellent condition. The piece is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, 18 cm (7 inches) to the top of the handle.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1263507 (stock #MOR4370)
The Kura
$875
An exquisitely carved pipe case of stag antler in the form of an elongated gourd with a brass leaf hinged to allow the end of the pipe to be inserted. It comes with a basketwork miniature box lined with antique cloth and featuring metal hardware. The gourd is 20 cm (8 inches) long, the box 7.5 x 5 x 4 cm (3 x 2 x 1-1/2 inches). Both are in fine condition. The gourd is signed.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1263506 (stock #MOR4369)
The Kura
$375
A sweet looking gourd dangles by frayed silk chords from a Hirado Porcelain Netsuke in the shape of a ebullient sage leaning on his staff. The gourd is capped with a bone bung. The netsuke is 2 inches (5 cm) long, the gourd 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall. Both are in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1950 item #1263232 (stock #MOR4638)
The Kura
$300
A hanging basket deriving its style from a merchants cash basket which would have hung near the front of a stall or shop, in easy reach to the vendor to both make change and hold payments. Unlike the vendors basket, this is of a much wider weave of thin cane bamboo. It is 12-1/2 inches (33 cm) tall including the handle, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter and is in fine condition, signed on the base. It can be displayed either hanging or standing flat.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1263231 (stock #MOR4577)
The Kura
$700
An antique bamboo pot carved with a much worn sage meditating under a pine with a poem reading “The Moon Shines Bright through the Pine Boughs”. A sideways swipe at the bamboo intimates the moon just above the branches of the aged tree. 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 5 inches (11.5 x 9 x 13 cm) and in fine, original condition, dating from the 19th century