The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1280879 (stock #MOR4776)
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A large heavy bronze image of a Shojo Sake-Sprite holding a massive sake cup, head tilting to the side as the liquor takes affect. It is signed Shosai on a cartouche on the back of the robes. The figure is very well cast, 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 7-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (19 x 22 cm) across the base and is in fine condition, weighing roughly 5.6 kg (12.5 lbs).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1280729 (stock #MOR4775)
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A superb Furuya-ishi Stone like a prehistoric shishi covered in dinosaur scales and spikes set onto a rosewood base. One of the most unusual stones I have seen. Furuya stones are from the mountainous region of Wakayama, and are highly prized for their rugged qualities and unusual shapes scored with white lines. This is an excellent example. It is 11 x 6 x 11 inches (27.5 x 16 x 27.5 cm) and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1280726 (stock #TCR4773)
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A five character inscription decorates this chawan tea bowl signed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still recovering and many temples were quite poor...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1280725 (stock #TCR4772)
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A four character inscription decorates this chawan tea bowl signed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still recovering and many temples were quite poor...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1280577 (stock #MOR4771)
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$695.00
A red sun dominates the black field of this togidashi dry lacquer dish enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kanshitsu Seiki and signed Ryuji. It is 14 x 12-1/2 x 2 inches (35.5 x 32 x 5 cm) and in fine condition, signed beneath.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1280508 (stock #TCR4770)
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$1,550.00
A pale glazed lantern with removable top carved with floral sprays in the windows and pierced top (to allow heat and smoke from the burning candle or oil dish to escape). There is a repair to the tip of one of the flames in the finial (see close-up); otherwise is in surprisingly excellent condition. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and comes enclosed in a dilapidated wooden storage box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1280468 (stock #MOR4769)
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$1,150.00
A monkey is scratched out in Brown tinged black on a silver tinged black ground, reaching down from a limb to grasp the reflection of the moon. The scene is signed Shuko-saku and comes in a textured metalic-black lacquered frame and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 13-1/2 x 25 inches (64 x 34.5 cm), meant to be suspended by the brown silk chord attached with silver hardware at the top of the frame...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1280386 (stock #TCR4768)
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A wide low chawan tea bowl inscribed with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu reading “Yo no naka ha tata utatane no shibaraku wo samenu yume ji ni matofu wari nasa. In the world only for the span of a nap yet wandering an inescapable path of dreams…such a mystery. (Translation from Rengetsu.org). It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1280350 (stock #TCR4766)
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A superb Tenmoku shaped Chawan in crackled white glaze decorated with Fuji (wisteria) by Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1280343 (stock #TCR4765)
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A set of 5 nesting cups in assorted colors decorated with burning Buddhist jewels by Suzuki Shonen which are kept in a cloth and bamboo basket enclosed in the original wooden box. Each cup is uniquely signed by the artist. The box reads, “Shonen-hitsu, Kyu Tama no Zu” (Nine Buddhist Jewels by Shonen) and inside” Tame: Inari Jinja Shamusho Kochiku Kinen, Oju Heian ?kyu-Do Kinsei” (In commemoration of the re-building of the Inari Shrine Edifice, Made humbly by Heian ?kyu-Do...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1280296 (stock #MOR4764)
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Butterflies and Phoenix in gold and Mother of Pearl dance among the gold and silver patterns and scattered mists of gold flake on this fine lacquered box supported on four legs by the Zohiko Studio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) across, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #1280294 (stock #MOR4763)
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A beautifully preserved 16th to 17th century Annan Bronze basin inscribed with the animals of the zodiac which had been used as a prayer bell at a Japanese Buddhist temple. It makes a beautiful ring when struck. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall. An exceedingly rare find...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1280265 (stock #TCR4762)
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A large open bowl decorated with hydrangea by Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6-1/2 x 7 inches (16.5 x 18 cm) across, 3-1/2 inches (8 cm) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1280126 (stock #TCR4760)
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Seasonal Fruits and vegetables are incised into this fine celadon bowl by Seiful Yohei IV enclosed in the original wooden box. Pomegranates, grapes, oranges, peaches, chestnuts and more can be seen upon close inspection. It is 8 inches (20.5 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei IV (1871-1951) Seifu, unlike many potters of the time, was low production and tenacious in approach. The third generation head of the family (d. 1914) was honored as a member o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1279984 (stock #MOR4759)
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$600.00
A bronze statue of Nakabe Ikujiro dating from the 1950s standing 16 inches (41 cm) tall enclosed in the original signed wooden box and in fine condition. Nakabe (1866-1946) was one of the great and most creative industrial leaders in early modern Japan. Born the second son of a fish merchant in the waning years of the Edo Shogunate under the watching eyes of Akashi Castle, he grew to manhood during the tumultuous years of the Meiji period, when Japan was brought from a middle-ages feudal state...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1279851 (stock #TCR4757)
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A puppy appears through the green glaze of this finely crafted Kogo by Suwa Sozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and 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 at various kilns and research facilities. He again relocated, this time to Kyoto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1279730 (stock #TCR4756)
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A large sweets dish decorated with blossoms by Eiraku Zengoro XII (Wazen) enclosed in a custom made wooden box. The bold pattern is fitting this bold artist. It is 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Eiraku Zengoro XII (Wazen, 1823-1896) was one of the most influential potters of his time, setting the stage for the revival of and modernization of Kyoyaki, based on models by Koetsu, Kenzan and Ninsei. Although named Sentaro, he was more commonly ref...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1279729 (stock #MOR4755)
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An art-deco cast bronze box by Katori Masahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 14 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm (5-1/2 x 3-3/4 x 1 inches) 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, followin...