The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
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.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku...
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...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #1279852 (stock #MOR4758)
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A very elegant sculpture of Nichiren finished in matte black, a scroll in one hand, paddle in the other and glass eyes staring out from a benign face. The image appears to be taken from the Kamakura era figure of Nichiren held by Hokkeji Temple in Matsumae. On the back in Mandala-like red script is written the NamuAmidabutsu. It rests on a fine base gilded in genuine gold, and comes enclosed in a wooden box signed Shofudo (the studio which produced this piece)...
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...
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...
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)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1279727 (stock #TCR4754)
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A dark metallic glaze covers this heavy Mizusashi by Miyanaga Tozan decorated with deeply carved grasses and resist decoration of a soaring crane and calligraphy by Muto Sanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) tall and in fine 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1279517 (stock #MOR4753)
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A mid Edo period carved woodn mask for Shishi-mai festival dance covered in red and black lacquer with gilded teath and eyes in rarely seen good condition. The mask is used with the hand, not worn over the head, the dancer usually hidden beneath a long flowing cape. It is 22 x 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 x 9 inches) excluding the horn and ears. There is an old metal plate nailed over one hinged jaw inside (not visible from outside), where the wood had likely once given way...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1279516 (stock #MOR4752)
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The famous warrior Benkei, Amagozen and a stately samurai are represented by these three traditional Japanese theater puppets dating from the late 19th to early 20th century...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1279515 (stock #MOR4751)
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$370.00
Seasonal vistas hand painted by Mizuta Kenzan decorate this set of five Kashiki sweets trays used typically in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. These would be for dried sweets which are ingested before drinking the thick maccha green tea. Each tray is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) square and in fine condition, wrapped in individual cloth bags and enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Five Views of Mt. Fuji.
Mizuta Kenzan (1900-1988) was a prominent figure in Japanese Nanga circles frequently di...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1279432 (stock #TCR4747)
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$1,325.00
A classical shape for the sencha tea room by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hyo-gata Kake Kabin. The gourd form is molded from rough sandy clay and covered in ame-iro glaze reminiscent of Ohii-yaki. It is 17 inches (43 cm) long and in fine condition. The box has been chewed on in one corner by a mouse, and the wood has much darkened with age.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1279227 (stock #MOR4746)
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$1,350.00
A tanzaku-ire poem card storage box decorated with a spray of bamboo in gold on shunkei red lacquer designed by Kamisaka Sekka and enclosed in the original wooden box signed by the lacquer artist Iwamura. It is 3 x 15 inches (8 x 38 cm) and is in fine 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 visiti...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1279225 (stock #TCR4745)
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$1,680.00
A bottle gourd shaped vessel decorated in ukibori style with scrolling peonies and fortuitous symbols by Seifu Yohei enclosed in a double wooden box annotated by the fifth generation. Paperwork enclosed with the vase shows a piece of the same design was exhibited as part of the Matsutake (Shoin) Collection before the second world war. The vase is 17 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall and in fine condition. There is a secondary stamp impressed near the signature I have never seen before on a Seifu work wh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1279008 (stock #TCR4744)
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The seven gods of fortune are depicted in rich gold, vibrant colors and textures on this exceptional set of Kutani Sake Cups from the Kaburagi Studio enclosed in the original compartmentalized wooden box. Each cup is unique, measuring roughly 5.5 cm (2 inches) diameter, 3 cm (1 inch) tall and all are in excellent condition. The Kaburagi studio produced some of the finest wares in Kutani. Founded in 1822, it survives to this day under the same family, now in the 8th generation. These date fro...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1278942 (stock #MOR4742)
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Mother of pearl is inset into the silver powder dusted lattice set between red lacquered pillars forming this art-deco era lacquer vase enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Iwamura Sadao (1912-1944). A brass insert which rests perfectly between the four corners allows for flowers. The strong geometric patterning embodies the Art Deco style so popular in Japan in the 1930s. It is 6-1/4 inches (16cm) square, 15-1/2 inches (39.5 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. The design is simi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1278941 (stock #ANR4741)
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$2,600.00
8 calligraphic paper poetry cards float on clouds of gold and silver flake over delicate flowers blossoming on applied gold. Some of the poem titles are: Autmn Moon in the Old Garden, Faraway Temple Bell at Night, and Evening Lights in the Fishing Village. Exchanges of poetry on these types of cards or on Tanzaku cards is a long esteemed tradition throughout the year in Japan. Often these cards would be kept for generations, and often applied to paneled screens such as this one. The elegant ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1278892 (stock #MOR4739)
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Stained Ivory plovers soar over rough seas on all sides of this spectacular anonymous mulberry wood tea box dating from the opening years of the 20th century. It is made to carry a small tea set, whisk, bowl, natsume, fukin, kogo and chashaku etc. There is a mark on the underside of the inner tray by the wood-worker (sashimono-shi) that reads Senshin. The wave patterns follow the style of Shibata Zesshin, one of the most important turn-of-the-century lacquer artisans whose influence on his di...