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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1341311 (stock #ANR5265)
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Shamo Chicks prance about, fluffing up their feathers and picking for fallen tidbits among the days catch of beans and fresh bamboo root. The pigment on silk scene is stamped in the right corner with a chop that appears to read Seiryu. It is 82-1/2 x 67-1/2 inches (209 x 171.5 cm) and is in overall fine condition, with faint scattered foxing and a spot of insect damage to the upper green border near the center (see close-up photo). It dates from the Taisho to early Showa eras, 1920 -1935.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1341082 (stock #ANR5261)
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The cock stretches his neck in haughty defiance as he struts across the gold panels of this painted screen dated Mid Autumn 1934 and signed Heijo Nushi Shigeo (Yamashita Shigeo). This screen is performed with oil paints on gold leaf. Overall the screen is in quite good condition, with a blue patterned cloth border and black lacquered wooden frame. It is 190 x 173 cm (72 x 68 inches) and is in overall fine condition. Yamashita Shigeo was born in Tokyo Kyobashi in December of 1883. He studi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1930 item #1340917 (stock #MOR5259)
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A finely grained piece of heart-pine carved into the shape of a leaf with rippled surface enclosed in a wooden box dated 1928. It is 23-1/2 x 14 x 1-1/2 inches (60 x 36 x 3.5 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1340835 (stock #TCR5257)
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An oki-koro wth the original ash pot by Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original wooden box titled Fuji Koro annotated Sozan-sei and dated the eigth month of 1922. The bottom of the basin and the inside of the mountain both bear the artists oval seal. It is 11-1/2 x 7 x 5-1/2 inches (29 x 18 x 14 cm) and is in fine condition. A similar work with a base annotated by Tomioka Tessai is visible in the catalog Suwa Sozan Sakuhin Shu (1971).
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, presen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1340578 (stock #TCR5256)
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A lighting shaped dish decorated with karakusa and burning motifs by Seifu Yohei I (signed with his art name Baihin) enclosed in the rare original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (13.5 cm) square, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei I (1803-1861) founded the Seifu dynasty in Kyoto. He was born in powerful Kaga-kuni, modern day Kanazwa prefecture. After apprenticing with the second generation Ninnami Dohachi, he established his own kiln in the Gojo-zaka pottery di...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1340577 (stock #TCR5255)
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A set of 5 plates from the Mino kilns of the 19th century depicting one of the Rokukasen (Rokkasen, six great poets) dating from the 19th century. Each plate is 5 x 4 x 3/4 of an inch (12.5 x 10 x 2 cm). There are two small chips to the rim (see close up photos).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1700 item #1340356 (stock #MOR5252)
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A Momoyama period (16th to 17th c) lacquered incense burner with later polished brass lid and optional hardwood cover enclosed in an ancient and delicate red-lacquered wooden box inside of a secondary nijubako wooden box which contains a compartment for the optional wooden lid as well. The koro is 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) square. There is much old wear to the gold decoration and black lacquer, and repairs around the base.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1340268 (stock #TCR5251)
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A Kyo-yaki incense burner from Kyoto in the shape of an insect astride two summer melon shapes surmounted by leaves enclosed in an old wooden box titled Yakimono Uri-gata Koro. It is 5-1/2 x 5 x 6 inches (14 x 12 x 15 cm) and is in excellent condition, 19th to opening 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1340267 (stock #TCR5250)
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A beautifully shaped miniature bell with simulated chord looping through the top, half lifting off to reveal a compartment for storing incense. A ball inside the lower section actually rattles around like a real suzu-bell. This is a very unusual and superbly crafted from from the Mino area of Edo Japan. The inside white clay is darkened with age, and the outside infused with color gathered with time. It is 1-1/4 inches (4 cm) diamater, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in excellent condition, enclose...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1340131 (stock #MOR5249)
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A Gyokusendo hand formed copper vase decorated with dragonflies enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the 1950s. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall, 9 inches (22 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1339859 (stock #MBR5247 )
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A bronze Tanuki dressed in robes and holding a Nyoi (priest scepter) sits yelping into the air, as if surprised at being discovered for his true nature. Dating from the Meiji or possibly Taisho period, it is 10 x 8 x 9-1/2 inches (25 x 21 x 23 cm) and on the base has written in red “4th year” followed by a series of letters to which I have yet to discern a meaning. Likely Meiji 4 (1871).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1339856 (stock # AOR5244)
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Ink on paper in a fine brocade border with ivory rollers and enclosed in the original signed double wood box (nijubako). It is 26 x 56 inches (66 x 143 cm) and is in overall fine condition. The rollers will be changed in event it is being shipped overseas.
Born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Kondo Koichiro (1884-1962) studied at the Tokyo school of Fine Arts and started his career as a Western-style painter. After graduation, he took a position as a cartoonist at the Yomiuri Newspaper for a l...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1339630 (stock #AOR5242)
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Pastel rooftops march among the green foliage on this iconic mid-century painting by Miwa Chosei in the original frame bearing the artists “Tomo Seal” on back and in a box from Takashimaya Department Store dating from the 1950s titled Ieshima no Ienami (Rows of houses on Ieshima). A similar work was exhibited at the 11th Nitten. Pigment on silk it is in fine condition. The painting is 22 x 23 inches (56 x 58.5 cm). The frame is 30 x 28 x 2 inches (76 x 71 x 5 cm). The label of Takashima...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1338718 (stock #TCR5239)
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A superb elephant shaped incense burner by Miyanaga Tozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seiji Zo Koro. Extreme clarity in the fine details, I will let the photos speak for themselves. It is 6 x 4 x 6 inches (15 x 10 x 15 cm) and in excellent condition. It comes with a pamphlet dated Showa 16 (1941) the last year of the artists life.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated fr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1338527 (stock #MOR5233)
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Two Meiji period Ostrich eggs hollowed and decorated with rich lacquered Maki-e designs of Uminosachi (treasures of the sea) on one, and Royal Crests among scrolling vines on the other. They come in a custom collectors compartmentalized kiri-wood box, one with the original Meiji period stand, the other with a more modern brass wire stand. They are roughly 6 inches tall each (16 cm). The Tai fish has cracks in the thick lacquer, but it is stable, and features a glass eye. More photos availabl...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1338040 (stock # ANR5229)
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A screen featuring the gate at Hikone Castle by Honjo Toen exhibited at the 1927 Teiten (mod. Nitten) National Exhibition Pigment on silk in a brocade border with original red lacquered wooden frame and cloth backing. It is in overall fine condition. Some chips in the lacquer frame have been filled, and some water marks are present in the center and upper left of the screen. It is 187 x 140 cm (73-1/2 x 55 inches).
Toen was born in Hyogo prefecture in 1900. He studied at the Kyoto Sp...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1338039 (stock # MOR5228)
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A Pair of antique Kodaiji Maki-e Chopsticks in black lacquer bearing the crest of the Toyotomi clan and the Imperial chrysanthemum with solid silver tips. One end of one has been repaired with powdered silver lacquer. The silver tips would have been to warn the person eating of poison, as it was believed pure mteals like silver, gold and pewter, would somehow change in the presence of poisons. The utensils are 12 inches (29.5 m) long, the silver tips extending 3 inches (7.5 cm) up the shafts....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1337812 (stock #MOR4836)
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A sword stand of wood covered in Nashiji Lacquer emblazoned with Mitsuba-Aoi Hollyhock crests of the Edo Shogun. It is 25-1/2 inches (64 cm) tall, the base is 9 x 10 inches (23 x 25 cm)