The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for thier 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 lisitng, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery for the next month, and actively seeking new stock, we do anticipate more disaster relief work after the rain season has ended in mid July. 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 1900 item #1328419 (stock #TCR5125)
The Kura
$950.00
A large 19th century baluster form with rign handles by Takahashi Dohachi enclosed in a period wooden display box. It is signed on the base Kachutei Dohachi-sei. The vase is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. One of the ring handles has been broken and re-glued.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by a retainer of Kameyama fief, Takahashi Dohachi I around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of porcelain and ceramic production by the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1328329 (stock #TCR5121)
The Kura
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A striking design rises up the pin-holed surface of this set of Tokkuri with genuine gold repairs about the rim dating from the late 18th to 19th century and enclosed in a period wooden box. They are 2 inches (5 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1328280 (stock # ANR5119)
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A beautifully rendered image of the three friends of winter, Plum, Pine and Bamboo rising up majestically from the forest floor along a stream of swirling eddies, the delicate white blossoms bursting forth like the charge of spring. The painting dates from the 19th century, and has been completely remounted without over-painting. The screen is mounted in patterned blue brocade with a black lacquered wooden frame. It is 382 x 180.5 cm (150 x 71 inches) and is in overall fine original condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1328279 (stock #MOR5118)
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An exquisite Japanese koro incense burner carved from a piece of plum blossom colored agate and enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 3-1/2 x 5 x 4-1/2 inches (9 x 12.5 x 11.5 cm) and is in excellent condition, dating from the early 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1328205 (stock #ANR5117)
The Kura
$1,800.00
Koi in ink and brushes of gold swim effortlessly on the surface of this pair of paintings by 19th century artist Watanabe Kiyoshi mounted on applied silver foil and enclosed in a black lacquered wooden frame. The screen is 168 x 169.5 cm (66 x 67 inches) fully open and is in fine condition.
Watanabe Kiyoshi (1778-1861) was born to the household of Rihei, a Nuihaku (specialist in Embroidery and wearing kimono) in Owari, modern day Nagoya. He studied painting first in the Kano style under...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1328203 (stock #TCR5116)
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A perfectly formed 17th-18th century Senbei Jar for storage of dry goods with a raised neck very typical of the early Edo period. The unーglazed Terracotta clay shows a blast of natural dark ash around the shoulder, and from midway down it has blackened with age and handling. It is 14 inches (36 cm) tall, 11 inches (28 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1328093 (stock #TCR5114)
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A chawan tea bowl of open form by Ito Tozan decorated with bamboo and the characters Pure Wind by Buddhist Priest Yamazaki Taiko. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) tall. There is one hairline crack leading from the rim (see close-up photos).
Yamazaki Taiko (1876-1966) was born in Shimane Prefecture, and received his Inka from the great Zen Priest and Artist Hashimoto Dokuzan. He would serve as the head priest of Sokokuji Temple
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1328092 (stock #MOR5113)
The Kura
$1,100.00
A very unusual set of 8 Sumo wrestlers and 4 referees showing progression from the start of the match to the throw and victory. They are Tsuchi ningyo, un-fired clay decorated with paints. Rings of bound straw (just like the real thing) are 24 cm(10 inches) diameter. Each figure is Roughly 18 cm (7 inches) tall. There are a few repairs, one wrestler has a broken arm repaired, the grappling pair has one head re-glued, and the referee has twice had his gunbai baton broken. Please see the phot...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1328014 (stock #MOR5111)
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Pines in the Rimpa style grow on the folded surface of this fan painted by Kamisaka Sekka and enclosed in the original signed wooden box, retaining the original paper binding on the fan itself. It is 12 inches (30 cm) long folded, and in excellent condition.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings. From 1882 he began his artistic career, however did not take-off until visiting t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1328012 (stock #TCR5110)
The Kura
$845.00
A lovely pair of matching Tea pots for Chinese steeped tea decorated by the eccentric artist Kai Kozan, each wrapped in a sarasa bag and enclosed in a compartmentalized wooden box signed by the artist. One tea pot is dated 1924. They are roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kai Kozan (1867-1961) was from the land of the literati, Oita prefecture. In 1880 he entered the studio of Hoashi Kyo-u. In 1896 he married Kai Wariko, (daughter of a Honganji Buddhist sch...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1327944 (stock #AOR5108)
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Three caliigraphic poem cards hand painted by Zen Priest Fukushima Keido and enclosed in their original paper storage sleaves. Each is 9-1/2 x 11 inches (24 x 28 cm) and are in fine condition.
The first is Sangetsu Hanrin (no) Aki (Reflecting on the Autumn Moon From the poem by Li Po, also known as Li Bai 701-762)
The second reads Mu-shin (The mind without the mind)
The third Kokoro Kiyo(kereba) Hyaku Ji Fu (With a pure heart all endeavors will naturally improve)
Fukushima...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1327937 (stock #MBR5107)
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A Fine bronze by the modern master of the Japanese bronze tradition, world renowned Hasuda Shugoro, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The modern form is belted in geometric patterns with a mottled olive and red patination, signed on the base Shu. It is 6 x 7 x 9-1/2 inches (17 x 15.5 x 23.5 cm) and weighs approximately 5.5 kg (12 lbs) in excellent condition.
Hasuda Shugoro was born in Kanazawa City in 1915. After graduating the Ishikawa Prefectural Industrial School he moved ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1327936 (stock #TCR5106)
The Kura
$600.00
A vase from the early days of the Fukagawa Company made by and decorated with Shishi lions and Peony in 8 sided windows among grape vines in cobalt. There is wear to the gold rim, otherwise is in fine condition. This was created about 1915, when the Fukagawa Company was still sub-contracting the finer works out to prominent potters of the Arita area. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) tall, 10 inches (24.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition but for the above mentioned wear to the rim.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1327771 (stock #ALR5110)
The Kura
$850.00
"KikuSuiTsukiZaiShu" written by the notorious firebrand Buddhist-Nun Murase Myodo. If you hold water in your hands, the moon will be reflected in your hands, therefore you will hold the moon in your hands. The light of the moon shines on all without discrimination. The path of the Buddha is open to all without discrimination. But one must first scoop the water and hold it up to the night sky, the choice to hold the moon in your palm lies solely with the individual. Ink on paper in a silk bor...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1327523 (stock #MOR5104)
The Kura
$380.00
An unusual re-purposed table made from the top and bottom of a traditional Hanami-Bento Picnic Box covered in exquisite Maki-e gold scenes on Nashiji ground and dating from the early Edo period (17th-early 18th century). Courtiers, Samurai, Nobles and the warlord sit entranced as a man makes the slow moves of Noh, lit only by blazing bonfires. Two filled holes in the center indicate where the original handle for the hanami-bento would have been. It is 6-3/4 x 12 x 1 inches (17 x 30.5 x 2.5 cm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1920 item #1327479 (stock #MOR5103)
The Kura
$3,600.00
Three monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, serve to remind the wearer of this important tenant. They are a very unusual set carved from boxwood and dating from the early 20th century. The eyes of the largest figure (the container) are inlayed with black wood, and it is signed on the bottom Kunimitsu. The container is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall the Netsuke 2 inches (5 cm) long and all are in fine condition. For a very similar work see the piece by Soko (1868-1935) in the book ‚...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1327478 (stock #TCR5102)
The Kura
$700.00
A chawan tea bowl decorated with iron scribbling representing the I-Ro-Ha song (and alphabet) by the former head priest of Todaiji Shimizu Kosho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/2 inches (13 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Iroha is a popular motif in Buddhism.
Kosho (1911-1999) was a unique and prolific artist-priest studied in the eccentric painting style associated with Nara. He was long time abbot of the massive Todai-ji temple co...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1327441 (stock #MOR5100)
The Kura
$1,200.00
An ink stone container in the shape of a turtle with gold lining, red and black lacquer outside. The inner lid is covered on top with mother of pearl on black lacquer, and features a bekko handle. Beneath is written a poem:
Medetaku mo (Such felicitation) Kimi ga te ni noru (Resting in my palm) Kame no ko no (Like the turtle’s Shell) Jufuku Mannen (the Fortune of eternity) Na no makuni ari (with hope it will endure). The piece is 6 x 4 x 2 inches (15 x 10 x 5 cm) and is in fine co...