The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their 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 listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. 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 1980 item #1357062 (stock #TCR6423)
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A square sided bowl hand formed by Kiyomizu Rokubei V decorated with a raddish and the phrase “Wind, Flavor, Life” by Seki Seisetsu, Former head priest of the Zen Temple and world heritage site Tenryuji, enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 18.5 cm square, and in excellent condition. Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945) was the head priest of Tenryuji and a prolific painter and calligraphist. He was given to the priesthood as a baby, under the care of Seki Soshun in Te...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1356980 (stock #TCR6422)
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A Pottery Mizusashi by Suwa Sozan I decorated with iris by Zen Priest Hashimoto Dokuzan and enclosed in a wooden box signed by both Sozan and Zen Priest Takeda Mokurai. It comes complete with the original fired lid as well as a black lacquered Kae-buta lid for other occasions. It is 7-1/2 inches (18.5 cm) tall, 5-1/2 inches (14.5 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1356979 (stock #TCR6421)
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An important figure of the protector deity Kannon in raw clay and celadon glaze by Suwa Sozan 1 enclosed in the original signed wooden box annotated by Takeda Mokurai, priest of Kenninji Temple, attesting to the fact this piece was exhibited in his posthumous exhibition of works held at Kenninji in 1925, drawing on pieces from the personal collections of close friends and compatriots in the Literati world, including Mokurai himself and Tomioka Tessai (A copy of the catalog page is included). Th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1356949 (stock #TCR6420)
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A Teapot by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I decorated by his friend the famous scholar artist Tomioka Tessai and enclosed in a signed double wood box. A custom pad between the pot and lid protect it during storage from chipping, and it has a silk bag in which it is wrapped. . It is 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 6 inches (11 x 19 x 15 cm) and in excellent condition. The box is titled Daibutsu Sozan – Chossen – Suichu and signed Hachiju Okina Kyuso Tessai Dai, Sozan Yakisei.
A strikingly similar ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1356948 (stock #TCR6419)
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A koro incense burner by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I decorated by his friend the famous scholar artist Tomioka Tessai and enclosed in a signed double wood box. The silver lid is by Nakagawa Joeki. It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall (plus the lid), 5 inches (12 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. The box is titled Daibutsu Sozan zo Juhana Koro Tessai Dai and signed Sozan Yakisei.
Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) was a scholar artist trained from age seven in the traditional Confucian manne...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1356894 (stock #TCR6419)
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Orchids delicately brushed by legendary scholar Tomioka Tessai decorate this chawan tea bowl thrown by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I enclosed in a double wood original signed box. The low bowl is formed in a traditional open “imported” style reflecting the literati taste for which Tessai was renowned. It is a rare chance to acquire a “Gassaku” work by these two very important turn of the century artists. The bowl is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in excellen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1356893 (stock #TCR5376)
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Here is a fine hand formed tea pot of dark clay by Otagaki Rengetsu engraved with a poem and enclosed in the original signed and age darkened wooden box. It reads:
Oyamada no Hita no kakenawa, Uchi Haete, Keburi Nigiou, Miyo no aki Kana
In the hillside Paddies, Clappers with ropes as long as the smoke trails, the peaceful abundance of an Imperial Reign in Autumn…
It is 6 cm (2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1356272 (stock #ANR6412)
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Mt. Fuji looms over the dark spotted ink landscape by Kishi Ganku painted on six broad panels of applied gold. The screen is 142 x 370 cm (56 x 145-1/2 inches). It has been completely restored utilizing the original frame and antique textiles for the borders. At that time several areas of damage gathered over the last two centuries were repaired without over-painting. Ink on applied gold foil, in a border of black silk patterned with pine boughs matching the pines on the scene but separated ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1356114 (stock #MOR6416)
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A carved wooden figure covered in translucent red lacquer representing the Jolly Saint Hotei (Putai) holding an incense burner in one hand. It is 54 x 32 x 27 cm, (21 x 12-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with some losses to the lacquer around the bottom typical of age and use. Across his back is written:
Asa Okishi (Wake in the morning)
Fuku Wo Fukuro Ni Tori-irete (Add Fortune to the Sack)
Nochi Yasuraka ni Nemuru (Sleep Again)
Gokuraku (Paradise...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #1356089 (stock #TCR6414)
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Stylized Koi swim among the reeds and water plants which decorate this globular vase by important Seto porcelain artist Kawamoto Rekitei (1894-1975) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) tall, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Rekitei was born in Aichi prefecture, home of Seto-yaki and a long standing important production center for Japanese Sometsuke porcelains. In 1914, at the very young age of 20, he received the top prize at the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355847 (stock #MOR6412)
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3 black lacquered trays covered in hira-maki-e feathers from the Wajima lacquer studio of Hirano Yotaro. Each is 15 inches (38.5 cm) diameter, 4 cm (2 inches) tall and in fine condition, enclosed in the original paper sleeves.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355717 (stock #MOR6410)
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A smoking set of hardwood and silver which has been decorated all about with feathers in lacquer. It is roughly a perfect 20 cm (8 inch) cube. Everything about it speaks of top quality. The wood is an imported hardwood, from the rosewood family. Two silver hooks swing out in front to hold the gold, silver and shakudo pipe. The top is decorated with plum blossoms around an intricate brazier cover. A silvered handle on top allows for easy carriage, secured to the sides with silver feathers. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1355508 (stock #MOR6408)
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A very rare 19th century elaborate head dress (Kanmuri or crown) of gilded parts inset with glass surmounted by a phoenix flanked by two dragons for use in the Japanese Noh Theater. A golden phoenix takes flight from the peak, surrounded by sun, moon and flaming jewel from which are suspended extravagant chains of glass and coral beads and gilded ornaments. Made of brass, paper, wood and thin wire, the entire is covered in gold with the sun and moon in enamel and burning jewels in glass. On t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355481 (stock #ALR6407)
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An enso Zen circle encompassing nothing and everything, by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a silk border with black lacquer rollers. The scroll is 62.2 x 119.5 cm (24-1/2 x 47 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa. After a brief period at Empukuji in Kyoto, he moved to Yokohama and received inka from Nakahara Nantenb...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355420 (stock #ALR6406)
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A single stroke of ink forms a writhing dragon on this Zen scroll by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a rough silk border with wood rollers dated Taisho 9 (1920). It is 44 x 196 cm (17-1/2 x 77 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa. After a brief period at Empukuji in Kyoto, he moved to Yokohama and received inka from ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1355418 (stock #MOR6405)
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A long bronze boat with removable thatched roof revealing a compartment for burning incense. One can imagine the sage within, burning twigs to heat his tea, smoke escaping the roof as he contemplates the empty moon. It is 13 inches (33 cm) long and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. In fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1354796 (stock #AOR6401)
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14 images spanning two pages each are sandwiched between the silk binding of this two sided accordion album by Zen Priest Inaba Shinden enclosed in the original storage sleeve. The images span from Mount fuji to the Daruma to Zen Circles, each annotated with some verse or Buddhist anecdote. It is in excellent condition, the album (closed) measuring 8-1/4 x 12 inches (21 x 30 cm).
Inaba Shinden (1906-1986) was an important priest of the Rinzai sect of Japanese Buddhism. Born in Aichi, h...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1354792 (stock #MOR6399)
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$1,275.00
A large bronze water basin in the shape of a lotus leaf supported by three “Renkon” lotus root feet and upon which play frogs. Dating from the 19th century, it has acquired a lovely patina over the last century, of soft greens on richly burnished olive, and unusually, the veins are highlighted in reddish brown. It is 15 inches (38 cm) diameter, 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) tall and in fine condition.