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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1321804 (stock #TCR5054)
The Kura
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Roughly 4-1/2 inches diameter and in fine condition, enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Yagi Isso (1895-1974) was born into the founded the pottery movement “Akatsuchi” in 1920 with five others, one of the first important groups seeking to reform and revitalize Japanese ceramics from and gain recognition for the crafts in the National Exhibitions. This proved successful, and through their efforts were able to elevate public recognition for crafts to an art form, with the Nit...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1321377 (stock #TCR5051)
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A trumpeting form engraved with a carp ascending a waterfall in sky-blue glaze by Seifu Yohei enclosed in the original signed double wood box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall plus the rosewood stand. This piece dates from early in his career.
Seifu Yohei V (1921-1992) was the son of the fourth Seifu, and took the reigns of the kiln in 1946. Trained in the traditional Seifu style of the Meiji to Early Show period by his father, he took that and added an element of design, producing much de...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1320903 (stock #TCR5046)
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A tiger decorates the side of this cup made by Clifton Karhu enclosed in the original signed wooden box decorated on all sides with a tiger, and inside with a self portrait of the artist at work. It is 2-1/2 inches (7 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter, and in excellent condition.
Clifton Karhu (1927-2007) had his first introduction to Japanese living stationed in Sasebo during the occupation from 1946 to 1948, and returned not long after graduating the Minneapolis Art University to spen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1320896 (stock #TCR5045)
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$1,000.00
A 19th century Yixing oblong ovoid from the Koto Kiln (Japanese reading) in China, stamped on the base Kuzumeisho-sei (Ge Mingxiang). Guaranteed genuine of course. These were brought to Japan in large numbers from the 18th century, when two brothers Kuzumeisho and Kuzugensho succeeded and expanded the family kiln in China. The Namako (Sea Slug) glaze is very typical of their style. This vase is large at 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) tall and in great condition, with a fine elegant form. For more on thes...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1320836 (stock #AOR5043)
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An oil on canvas by Ono Sue titled “Inaka no Kyokai, Paris” or Rustic Church in Paris set into a double wood frame. The canvas is 15-1/2 x 18 inches (40 x 45 cm), the frame 24 x 27 inches (61 x 69 cm) and all is in excellent condition.
Ono Sue (1910-1985) was born in Niigata prefecture, and after serving as a school teacher for one year, moved to Kyoto in 1934 to pursue a career in oil painting under Yasui Sotaro. He began exhibiting with the Issuikai in 1938, garnering a number of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1320754 (stock #TCR5042)
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A celadon vase inlayed with Chrysanthemum designs by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box featuring the Imperial Art Academy Seal and titled Kiku-Zogan Hana-Ire. Tendrils of blossoming chrysanthemum climb up the sides in dark inlay on the slightly pitted celadon sueface, a perfect rendition of Korean style wares from an earlier era with the addition of the Japanese design motif. It is 10-1/4 inches (26 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Artists mark on ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1320753 (stock #AOR5041)
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A long “Hengaku” framed painting meant to sit above the transom by Yoshimura Horyu featuring monkeys riding on the back of a deer. One has fallen and is being dragged along like a water-skier by vines tangled in the deers horns. A very humorous scene by this rare Osaka artist. Pigment and ink on silk mounted on gold with a carved rosewood frame. The frame is 154.5 x 50 cm (61 x 20 inches) and is in fine condition, with toning to the silk typical of age.
Yoshimura Horyu (1874-1936)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1320670 (stock #ALR5040)
The Kura
$1,400.00
The sun rising behind pine boughs, a celebratory ink and pigment on paper painting by Fukuda Kodojin in a silk border with ivory capped bone rollers enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 45 x 152 cm (18 x 60 inches) and in overall fine condition, with minor marks from handling. Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944) was an eccentric self taught artist, his status as a poet, calligrapher and literati artist has reached legendary status. Born at a time of great change (4 years before the final fall of th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1320620 (stock #ALR5038)
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A family of Monkeys rests along a stream under branches offering fresh new leaves, a promise of spring to come on this first day of the year of the monkey. It is performed with ink and light color on silk, bordered in patterned green satin extended with beige and features bone rollers. The scroll is 21 x 73-1/2 inches (53.5 x 186 cm) and comes enclosed in a period wooden box titled Mori Kansai Okina Kensho San Saru no Zu Painting of three monkeys observed by the Old Man Mori Kansai). It is in...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1320584 (stock #MOR5037)
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$475.00
A wood Sweets container repurposed from an Edo period mokugyo prayer drum enclosed in a period wooden box, the inscription within dated Bunka 8 (1812) and titled Mokugyo Kashi Ire. The bulbous drum end has been cut off, filled and lacquered black inside forming a bowl, the top then fitted onto it with a lip. It is 14 x 12 x 15 cm (5-1/2 x 5 x 6 inches) and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Western Artists : Pre 1980 item #1320583 (stock #AOR5036)
The Kura
$950.00
Margin titled and dated 80’ with pencil, Snowy Gate, numbered edition 24 of 100. Unframed, it is in good condition with minor scuffing and toning typical of exposure mostly concentrated in the margins. It is 48 x 38 cm (19 x 15 inches).
Clifton Karhu (1927-2007) had his first introduction to Japanese living stationed in Sasebo during the occupation from 1946 to 1948, and returned not long after graduating the Minneapolis Art University to spend many years as a missionary before he too...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1320334 (stock #MOR5034)
The Kura
$700.00
A mid edo period (18th century) hibachi of solid kiri-wood decorated with pampas grass in raised maki-e lacquer with a brass insert. It is 12 inches (30 cm) diameter. A wonderful looking antique which has a true sense of age. It comes enclosed in an old wooden box.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1320333 (stock #ANR4808)
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$3,300.00
A fox stands bushy and alert among autumn grasses and blossoming thistle, all background lost to the mist on this excellent example of the early Showa aesthetic by Kimoto Taika. Each panel is 34 x 65 inches (86 x 165 cm). The open size is total 68 x 65 inches or 172 x 165 cm). The scene is bordered simply in Shunkei Red lacquer and is in fine condition, dating from the mid forites. It is possible to be the screen exhibited at the 3rd nitten (1947) titled Aki no Omomuki “Indication of Autum...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1320281 (stock #MOR5032)
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A minogame sea turtle adorns in black the gold leaf of this fine sake cup decorated by Morikawa Sobun enclosed in an ancient wooden box. It is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches ) diameter 3 cm (1 inch) tall and in fine condition. The Sea Turtle is a celebratory representation of longevity.
Morikawa Sobun (1847-1902) was born in Kyoto, and studied painting in the Shijo manner under Maekawa Gorei and Hasegawa Gyokuho. He was exhibited widely and prized, including the Naikoku Hakurankai Domestic Exposit...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1320280 (stock #MOR5031)
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A large bronze figure of a Shojo sake-sprite offering a cup of merriment to a turtle (the symbol of longevity) signed by Shoun and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is x 6 x 7 x 7-1/2 inches (14 x 18 x 19 cm) and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1319699 (stock #TCR5029)
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A pair of rare Koto-yaki sake flasks decorated with florals and dating from the 19th century. Written on the side is the kiln name Koto (East Lake). Each piece is roughly 6 inches (15 cm) tall and in fine condition but for a chip on the inside of the foot ring of one.
Koto ware is one of those rare and highly prized ceramics of low production, once the official kiln of the Ii clan in Hikone on the Eastern Shores of Lake Biwa, its production rand from the early to late 19th century. Und...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1319536 (stock #TCR5027)
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A fierce image of a Shishi lion made as a Koro incense burner, his head turned in an unusual jaunt as he roars defiance to the evils of the world. This piece, judging by the large-body to head ratio, likely dates from the late 20s or 30s, when powerful, muscular images were popular. The head is removable to reveal the ash chamber, and when incense is burning, the smoke would escape through his mouth. It is 8 x 5 x 8 inches (20 x 12.5 x 20 cm) and in overall fine condition, the body stained sl...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1319172 (stock #TCR5026)
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This is a set of 10 Dango-zara dishes served with sweets at the Miyako Odori Geisha/Maiko Dancing event held anuualy in the Gion in Kyoto. Visitors to the dance are allowed to take the dish home as a souvenier. They are made by different potters every year, and here we have a selection of potters incluing Kiyomizu Rokubei and Eiraku Zengoro. Each dish is roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter 1 inch (3 cm) tall and all are in fine condition dating from the early 20th century.