The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #1226389 (stock #MOR4410)
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Overlapping flowers bloom on thepollished surface of this fine Kikkaseki (fossilized Chrysanthemum) viewing stone set into a hardwood base. It is roughly 15.5 x 9 x 10 cm (6-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 4 inches) and is in fine condition. Kikukaseki or Kikka-Seki (Chrysanthemum stone) is a kind of viewing stone featuring natural chrysanthemum patterns, and it is highly valued for it's beauty...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1226385 (stock #MOR4408)
The Kura
$300.00
A beautiful squash shaped gourd with persimmon colored silk chord and ivory bung enclosed in a fine Kiri-wood viewing box. The burnished red color of the gourd is striated with fine lines, as if it is bursting from the orange bindings. It is 9 cm (4-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1226097 (stock #MOR4406)
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A fine anonymous basket of split bamboo and bamboo root with rattan binding wrapped in a complex lapping pattern. It is roughly 45 cm (18 inches) across the handle, 36 cm diameter (15 inches) and 35 cm (14-1/2 inches) tall; in fine condition, dating from the early to mid 20th century.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1950 item #1226096 (stock #MOR4405)
The Kura
$450.00
A very rare Natural Benikamo viewing stone in the shape of a thatched minka farmhouse. An excellent piece for Bonseki miniature gardens or to accompany a bonsai display. It is 9 x 5 x 8 cm (4-1/2 x 2 x 4 inches) and is of course in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1980 item #1225961 (stock #MOR4403)
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A superb large Furuya Taki-ishi waterfall stone on a rose-wood Daiza. Well defined Jagure with a balance struck between the high tower protruding from the peak of one side and the deep water hole (mizutamari) lost in the pleats opposite, leaning forward to expose this to the viewer with a natural slope to the foot on both sides. Scoring throughout the stone is itokake white lines like snow left in the shadows or water cascading through the many deep valleys and over the steep precipices...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1225958 (stock #TCR4402)
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A truly exquisite ivory colored Koro by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Growing all about the body are flowers and grasses of the fields and the lid is pierced with a Ko-doke (Incense clock) pattern. It is roughly 5 inches (12 cm) diameter and in excellent 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 : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1225787 (stock #MOR4399)
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Lacquer covers the natural curves of this wood tray for use in the service of Sencha leaf Green Tea. It is 10 x 14-1/2 x 1 inches (25.5 x 37 x 2.5 cm). The bottom shows wear typical of use.
The importance of Sencha in the late Edo and Meiji periods cannot be overlooked, and has been studied in depth in the book Tea of the Sages, the Art of Sencha by Patricia Jane Graham.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1225619 (stock #MOR4398)
The Kura
$1,200.00
Hotei plays Nirameko (see who laughs first at the funny faces) game with a child, a basket of dumplings the prize on this fine Sencha Tea Tray signed Beizan. The grain appears to be some form of Rosewood. While the child sticks out his tongue, Hotei is much more creative, little fingers in his mouth and index fingers raising his eyebrows, it is a rare look at humor in 19th century Japan. The tray is 8-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (22 x 32.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1225470 (stock #TCR4396)
The Kura
$900.00
Sprays of orchids grow along the white ground brushed by Hashimoto Dokuzan on these 13 porcelain tea cups by Eiraku Zengoro enclosed in the original wooden box signed beneath by Zengoro and within the lid by Dokuzan. The cups are 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) Diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Originally made to hold 15, 13 tea cups remain...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1225400 (stock #TCR4395)
The Kura
$700.00
A pair of cranes are engraved into the silvered sides of this pottery tea pot made by Issei of the Yugen-do enclosed in the original wooden box. On the handle is the stamp YuGenDo, and at the base of the handle Issei Saku. Opposite the cranes a 5-7-5 Haiku poem. It is roughly 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #1225317 (stock #MOR4393)
The Kura
$985.00
Rabbits adorn the Ro-iro lid of this covered sweets bowl dating from the first half of the 20th century by Kayo Ippyosai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A solid silver rim separates the lid and bowl. The delicate creatures live among Hprse-tail grass, depicted in silver and gold raised maki-e. The work is by either the 4th generation (Eisuke II, 1854-1936) or 5th generation (Eitaro 1881-1966) and likely dates from the 1930s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1225183 (stock #MOR4389)
The Kura
$460.00
An Edo period wicker work woven double gourd sake flask covered in black lacquer and decorated with maple leaves in gold. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in fine condition. A very rare item, I have not seen another like it.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1224788 (stock #TCR4387)
The Kura
$600.00
Gold mist over iron forms the backdrop for Gosu hills covered in flowering cherry on this stunning Kyo-yaki bowl by Shozan dating from the first half of the 20th century and enclosed in the original wooden box. The box is titled Kenzan Utsushi Arashiyama Kei Kashi-Ki (Kenzan Style Bowl with designs of Arashiyama) and the bowl bears on the base the stamp Shozan. It is roughly 9 inches (22 cm) diameter, 5-1/2 inches (13.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1960 item #1224236 (stock #MOR4385)
The Kura
$880.00
Layers of various colored lacquers are cut through and polished to reveal this mysterious creature wrapped in a vortex of color, his mother of pearl eye looking ever ahead. A fine piece of lacquer work dating from the mid twentieth century with a two character chop on the base and enclosed in period custom wood box titled Sakana Moyo Kazaribon. The piece is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1950 item #1223610 (stock #MOR4384)
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A superb Sajigawa stone of deep olive patina, completely natural, on a carved rosewood base and enclosed in a fine old straight grain wood box. Notice the entirely natural arch growing between the two spires. This is incredibly rare and a fine prize. This would be considered a house shaped stone, reminiscent of a farm-house and its adjoining out-building, a covered passage between. Saji stones come from the Saji river in Tottori prefecture...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1950 item #1223607 (stock #MOR4382)
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A superb Wagumi basket of Bamboo and root-wood signed on the base Kosai. It is 14 inches (36 cm) diameter, 19 inches (48 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The random pattern of Madake is refreshing and surprising, seemingly at random and yet forming a perfect closed body. From one side springs what appears to be a plum root, which rises to the zenith, sprouting two branches which descend to form the handles wrapped with a complete round of bamboo. A truly magnificent work.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1223467 (stock #ALR4381)
The Kura
$700.00
"To he who answers a strike of the Nanten; To he who refrains a strike of the Nanten". Nantenbo derived his name from his bo (staff) cut from a 200-year-old Nanten tree. He used it to instruct his students and it served as a favorite illustration in his well known adage above and listed on this fan painting backed and ready for framing. Ink on paper, the folds and wear to the edges indicate this was actually used as a fan. It is 51 cm (20 inches) from tip to tip...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1223439 (stock #ALR4378)
The Kura
$700.00
An image of a man seated alone before a humble tea cup, titled ChaRakuJuToku (The Ten Pleasures of Tea) by Yamada Kanzan and Oshima Kunsen. The image is signed Kanzan, the calligraphy Kunsen. The solitary figure brings to mind the solitary nature of the Japanese tea aesthetic, working constantly both with and against oneself toward perfection. Ink on paper in a paper border with bamboo rollers befitting the rustic scene...