The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1280508 (stock #TCR4770)
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$1,550.00
A pale glazed lantern with removable top carved with floral sprays in the windows and pierced top (to allow heat and smoke from the burning candle or oil dish to escape). There is a repair to the tip of one of the flames in the finial (see close-up); otherwise is in surprisingly excellent condition. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and comes enclosed in a dilapidated wooden storage box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1280468 (stock #MOR4769)
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A monkey is scratched out in Brown tinged black on a silver tinged black ground, reaching down from a limb to grasp the reflection of the moon. The scene is signed Shuko-saku and comes in a textured metalic-black lacquered frame and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 13-1/2 x 25 inches (64 x 34.5 cm), meant to be suspended by the brown silk chord attached with silver hardware at the top of the frame...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1280386 (stock #TCR4768)
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A wide low chawan tea bowl inscribed with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu reading “Yo no naka ha tata utatane no shibaraku wo samenu yume ji ni matofu wari nasa. In the world only for the span of a nap yet wandering an inescapable path of dreams…such a mystery. (Translation from Rengetsu.org). It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1280350 (stock #TCR4766)
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A superb Tenmoku shaped Chawan in crackled white glaze decorated with Fuji (wisteria) by Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1280343 (stock #TCR4765)
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A set of 5 nesting cups in assorted colors decorated with burning Buddhist jewels by Suzuki Shonen which are kept in a cloth and bamboo basket enclosed in the original wooden box. Each cup is uniquely signed by the artist. The box reads, “Shonen-hitsu, Kyu Tama no Zu” (Nine Buddhist Jewels by Shonen) and inside” Tame: Inari Jinja Shamusho Kochiku Kinen, Oju Heian ?kyu-Do Kinsei” (In commemoration of the re-building of the Inari Shrine Edifice, Made humbly by Heian ?kyu-Do...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1280296 (stock #MOR4764)
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Butterflies and Phoenix in gold and Mother of Pearl dance among the gold and silver patterns and scattered mists of gold flake on this fine lacquered box supported on four legs by the Zohiko Studio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) across, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #1280294 (stock #MOR4763)
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A beautifully preserved 16th to 17th century Annan Bronze basin inscribed with the animals of the zodiac which had been used as a prayer bell at a Japanese Buddhist temple. It makes a beautiful ring when struck. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall. An exceedingly rare find...
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 : 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...
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. Although named Sentaro, he was more commonly ref...
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). Heavily involved with the Teiten/Nitten National Art Exhibition, followin...
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. While a governmen...
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. Overall it is in surprising...
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. The heads (kashira) are made in the manner of traditional Bunraku puppets, hollow wood carved and covered in gofun and paint. The head is manipulated from a handle extending down from the neck, held through an opening in the back of the clothing. With the clothing the overall height is roughly 30 inches (76 cm) tall. Th...
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...