The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1253132 (stock #MOR4598)
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A stunning selection of burled wood makes up this intricate compartmentalized picnic box dating from the opening years of the 20th century (Later Meiji). It would make a great jewelry box. There are 23 individual compartments and one sake flask. The set is 32 x 20 x 42 cm (12 x 8 x 17 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with minor Chips typical of use. The lower most box lid has warped some with age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1251900 (stock #MOR4588)
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Five paintings on paper mounted on split bamboo Ogi fan frames with five bamboo handles with green silk chord enclosed in the original signed wooden box. They are backed with white paper flecked with genuine gold. Roughly 9 inches (22 cm) diameter and in fine condition but for a few nibbles around the base of the fans near the satin handle-inserts. Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1250843 (stock #MOR4138)
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A set of five handpainted wooden dishes dating from the Meiji period from painters at the studio of Kono Bairei (1844-1895), one of the most famous studios of the Meiji, including work by Takeuchi Seiho, Yamamoto Shunkyo Tamanami Gyokuha and 2 by Tsuji Kako. Turned from what appears t be Zelkova, each is covered in clear lacquer upon which the respective artists have decorated in black. Each dish is 16 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition enclosed in a stamped wooden box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1250384 (stock #TCR4569)
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A deep e-karatsu bowl dating from the Meiji period depicting a garden scene of stones and bamboo signed Shasosai. The poem reads: “Kinpu, Gyokuro, Keika, Kaiki Kotsuki Kuru, Shokyo Shin Gei Ya.”
Golden wind, Jade dew, Winter Chrysanthemum, A large moon blossoms beautiful, The light assailing my pillow at night. The first three lines here are translated literally, but are also a play on the names of exalted green teas. A very powerful image...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1249820 (stock #TCR4565)
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A hermit rides comfortably on the back of an ox, a reference to the 10 stages of enlightenment of Zen lore. This piece is by Miyagawa Kozan I (1842-1916) and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koro (outside), and inside Ninsei Utsushi Ushi-Jinbutsu hijiri followed by the signature and the Teishitsu Gigei-in seal. In addition, the box has been annotated on the side by the current Makuzu Kosai...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1249151 (stock #TCR4559)
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A dark bamboo grows up the side of this gohon bowl by Kiyomizu Rokubei decorated by Nishiyama Suisho and enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in fine condition.
Nishiyama Suisho (1879-1958) was born in Kyoto, graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and studied the Shijo manner under Takeuchi Seiho. He served as head of the Kyoto Special School of Painting (mod Kyoto University of Fine Art)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1248028 (stock #TCR4551)
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A large Hakeme Sweets dish made by Kato Genjiro and decorated by the Buddhist Scholar Nanjo Bunyu to commemorate his ascension to temple life on the 8th day of the third month of 1923. It is 17.5 cm (67 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Tsuruma Sanko Yaki (also known as Tsurumai Yaki) was established in the Showa district of Nagoya, Aichi prefecture by Kato Genjiro in 1914...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1247599 (stock #MOR4545)
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A small round gourd: polished, cut and decorated inside with delicate fronds in gold on black maki-e. This is superb. It is 3 inches diameter (7.5 cm) and in perfect condition, enclosed in a quality old kiri-wood box. .
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1247598 (stock #TCR4544)
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A floral spray by Maruyama Oyo decorates this Hakeme serving dish By Eiraku Zengoro enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) diameter.
The box bears the stamps used by the two 14th generation heads of the Eiraku family, Tokuzen (1853-1909) and his wife Myozen (1852-1927)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1247370 (stock #TCR4543)
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Daikoku, the happy go lucky god of good fortune, dances on a bale of rice, a huge sack full of treasure over his shoulder sealed with the Dohachi stamp and his lucky hammer shaking out gold coins which fall to the bottom of this beautiful tokkuri sake flask. A date on the side indicates it was made over the New Year of 1804-1805 2nd generationDohachi, the year he took over the kiln in Awataguchi) or 1864-1865 (third generation Dohachi. Likely the former...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1247181 (stock #TCR4542)
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A fine Koburi wan-gata small Chawan Tea bowl for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony decorated with a flora spray and short verse by Imao Keinen and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. As there is no potters mark, it is likely Keinen formed this bowl by his own hand. It is 11.5 cm (4-3/4) inches diameter, 7.5 cm tall and in fine condition but for one minute gold repair to a chip in the rim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1244605 (stock #MOR4524)
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A fine tame-nuri three tiered Jubako Lacquered box made by Heian Zohiko and decorated by Suzuki Shonen. A gold landscape creates a wavering band about the middle box, with a single pine tree rising majestically up over the lid. The set of three boxes sits on a wooden base. It is covered in a soft transparent red lacquer outside, and lacquered black within. The lid is signed in ink by Shonen and comes in the original wooden box signed Heian Zohiko...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1244418 (stock #MOR4523)
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Flowers in burnt orange spray across the front of this red fan shaped sweets tray decorated by by Kamizaka Sekka and enclosed in a period paper box. It is 10 x 8-1/2 x 1/2 inches (25.5 x 21.5 x 1.5 cm). There is one minor nick in the rim which can be repaired if desired.
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 visit...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1244416 (stock #TCR4522)
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A latticework Hoya of solid silver caps this fine porcelain koro incense burner, a joint work by Miura Chikusen and Hashimoto Kansentsu, enclosed in the original shiho-kiri-wood box signed by both artists. It is 8.5 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall 11 x 16 cm across the handles (4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches). Beast heads form the handles with a scholarly hut on one side, a poem in ancient script opposite. It is signed on the base by Chikusen and on the side by Kansetsu.
Born into the family of literatus...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1242601 (stock #MOR4504)
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The dark skinned foreigner stares out from his bundle of light colored rags, a whisk staunchly gripped across his exposed midriff on this root-wood carving of the famous patriarch of Zen Buddhism, the Daruma, cut from a single piece of natural shaped wood. The heart of the wood forms the figures exposed body, while the outer pith wood wraps around an old scar, forming the robes naturally. It is a most unique bit of mingei sculpture, well patinated and features a fine carved base. With the bas...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1980 item #1242420 (stock #MOR4501)
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A beautiful Suiseki mounted on rich red carved wood base enclosed in a custom made kiri-wood display box. There is a sublime balance between the ragged peaks and deep clefts in the stone, and excellent example of the Renzan (Range) type of stone. The stone is 37 x 10 x 12 cm (15 x 4 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition. There is one very small nick in the wooden base (1/8th of an inch or 3 mm in size). Together the stone and box weight 3.5 kilograms (roughly 8 pounds). The chip in the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1242368 (stock #TCR4499)
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A pair of sake flasks enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Kiyomizu Rokubei decorated with floral themes by Kikuchi Hobun. They are 16 cm tall and in fine condition, each stamped on the base Rokubei and signed on the side Hobun.
Kiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959) began by studying painting from the age of 12 under the 19th century master Kono Bairei. Upon graduation from the Kyoto Municipal School of painting, he apprenticed under his father Rokubei IV. After the death of Bairei in ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1241942 (stock #MBR4497)
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A double gourd shaped bronze dating from the early 20th century by Ichinose Soshin wrapped in a yellow cloth bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The box reads Jundo Karamono-Utsushi Hana-Ire (Pure Bronze Chinese Style Vase) and is signed in the lower left corner Ichinose Soshin followed by the stamp Soshin. The vase is 24.5 cm (10 inches) tall, 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
The First Soshin (Chotaro) began a metalworking studio in 1876. The second gen...