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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1335778 (stock #TCR4958)
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A yellow-glazed porcelain decorated with Phoenix in cobalt by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box with a Kae-buta (extra lid) signed by the tea master Sokuchusai. The vase is quite large at 11 inches (28.5 cm) tall, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition. It comes with a black lacquered wooden stand as pictured.
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 imperia...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1335411 (stock #ALV5183)
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The lotus sutra is written out in perfect characters by the Zen Nun Murase Myodo. The ink on paper Sutra is mounted in patterned lavender with Kinran highlights extended in green silk and ends with black lacquered wooden rollers. It is 26 x 52 inches (66.5 x 132 cm) and comes enclosed in a kiri wood box. There are a few faint scattered spots (see photos).
Murase Myodo was born in 1924 in Aichi, one of 9 children, a chance encounter with a nun in her village led her from the age of six ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1335410 (stock #TCV5182)
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A chawan by Zen Priest Yamamoto Gempo decorated with the character Okina (elder) within, his signature the only decoration outside. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/4 inches (8.5 cm) tall and comes enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box. For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection
Yamamoto Gempo (1866-1961) was born to a poor family in Wakayama at the end of the Edo period, he was left to die of ex...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335409 (stock #TCV5181)
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A tsutsu-gata chawan decorated with Nanten (Nandina) by Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition. For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection
Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1988) Born in Gifu, he became head priest of Kaiseiji (formerly headed by Nakahara Nantenbo 1839-1925, at that time closed) in 1943, and re-...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335331 (stock #TCV5180)
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A chawan tea bowl by Zen priest Kajitani Sonin of Sokokuji Temple in Kyoto enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. The box is stamped with the Yaki-in (brand) of Sokokuji Temple. For a nearly identical piece see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection, p. 101.
Kajitani Sonin (1914-1995) was born in Oita on the southern Island of Kyushu. Diagnosed as ill in Junio...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335330 (stock #TCV5179)
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An incense case made by Mashimizu Zoroku IV and decorated by Murakami Jikai, head Priest of Rokuonji in Kyoto (Known for the gold pavilion called locally Kinkakuji), enclosed in the original wooden box dating from 1987. It is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Murakami Jikai was born in 1902 in Aichi Prefecture and received ordination in 1916 at Rokuon-ji (better known as the Golden Pavilion). After receiving a degree in philosophy from Ōtani University he trained...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1335329 (stock #TOV5178)
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A pair of Futaoki lid rests for use ing the Japanese Tea Ceremony decorated with the Kao signature in red of Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The signature on each is very different, one from his years at Myoshinji Temple, the other from before that. Each is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. For a nearly identical set see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection, p. 115.
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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1335268 (stock #ALV5177)
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An Enso circle containing the characters Cha, Setsugetsuka by Zen priest and famed calligrapher Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1977. It can be translated TEA, Snow, Moon Flowers, three of the beauties of nature to be enjoyed from the solitary confines of the tea room. The ink on paper image is enclosed in a green silk border extended with beige terminating in auburn lacquered wooden rollers. It is 19 x 49 inches (48 x 125 cm). There is faint scattered foxing. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1335010 (stock #TCR5175)
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A fine celadon vase by Miyanaga Tozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It comes with the original rosewood stand. It is 13 inches (34 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo University of Art. While a government employee, he represented Japan at Arts Expositions, and studied art in Europe before returning to Japan in 1902 to de...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1334942 (stock #MOR5174)
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A large pair of 19th c. (Edo p) votive Inari Fox images representing the god of fortune. They are 16.5 x 10 x 24 cm (6-1/2 x 4 x 9-1/2 inches). One holds the key to the treasure house in his mouth. One would have been standing over a Buddhist jewel, however that is now missing.
Inari Okami is the Japanese kami of foxes, of fertility, rice, tea and Sake, of agriculture and industry, of general prosperity and worldly success, and one of the principal kami of Shinto. In earlier Japan, Inar...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1334828 (stock #MOR5169)
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A double sided accordion album bound in iridescent cloth from the Meiji period containing 57 total pages covered in ancient cloth samples. 18th -19th centuries. The album is 19 x 24 cm (7-1/2 x 10 inches). Generally in good condition but the covers have some wear and damage
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1970 item #1334734 (stock #MOR5168)
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A bronze vase very much in the mid fifties style enclosed in the original wooden box signed Ichiyo. It is 9 inches (23.5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1334733 (stock #TCR5167)
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Three black rabbits huddle together to form this black-raku Shuro hand warmer enclosed in an old wooden box titled Kuro Mitsu Usuagi Shuro (Black 3 Rabbits Hand Warmer). They are 7 x 5-1/2 x 4 inches (18 x 14 x 10 cm) and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1700 item #1333988 (stock #ANR5163)
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Starting with the famous verse by Chinese Scholar YoYu (AD 53-18) ”The written character is a picture of the heart” (Sho kokoro Ga nari) here are written 42 rules of calligraphy spread over 10 narrow panels by the famous calligraphist Ide Gakei dated 1677. The verses appear to have been written in one sitting, the style going from crisp perfect Kaisho characters through Gyosho stylized characters and into the elegantly running Grass script (Sosho). The way the artist allows his hand to flo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1333649 (stock #ALR5160)
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A fetching scene of colored washes very much in the Taisho style by important artist Ono (Ohno) Bakufu. Pigment on silk in superb Kinrande mounting. It is roughly 21-1/2 x 79 inches (56 x 200 cm).
Born in Tokyo Ono Bakufu (1888-1976) relocated to central Japan after the great Kanto earthquake of 1923 where he became an honorary member of the Hyogo Prefectural Academy of Fine Arts. Often displayed at the Teiten National Exhibition, he is best known for paintings of fish, w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1333402 (stock #TCR5158)
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A pine and poem by Otagaki Rengetsu in Pink and Blue under-glaze decorates this bamboo shaped cup made by Kiju enclosed in an old wooden box titled Rengetsu Ni Matsu-ga Hai (Pine Cup by the Nun Rengetsu). It is 2-1/4 x 1-1/2 inches (5.5 x 4 cm) and is in fine condition. The poem reads:
Yukusue no Of future fortune
Sachi to yohai wo and longevity
Futaba nite Two needles sprout
Chitose wo matsu ya The pine that lasts
Hisashikaru ran. a tho...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1333287 (stock #TCR5156)
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A set of five sencha steeped tea tea cups by the first Suwa Sozan decorated with three seasonal or auspidcious fruits and a poem by famed literatus Tomioka Tessai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Each cup is 2-1/4 x 2 inches (5.7 x 5 cm) and is in fine condition.
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875. Over the next 25 years he would gravitate between Tokyo and Kanazawa, working...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1333201 (stock #ANR5154)
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Exceptional Edo p. Japanese Screen, Demon War An exceedingly rare set of four dramatic paintings divided into segments depicting a variety of battle scenes and supernatural phenomena, each heavy pigment on paper canvas mounted on one of four panels of a gold screen bordered in mulberry. The scenes appear to comprise a fragment of the tale of Daikozan (Oeyama), a Kyoto tale where in a powerful demon was lured to drink, then cut to pieces in his stupor. The screen itself is 20th century; howeve...