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 : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1315230 (stock #ALR4993)
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A moon rises behind the silhouette of a ragged tree by Kimura Hyakuboku enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1934 and titled Rokagami. Bordered in soft gray silk with dark wood rollers suiting the scene. It is 21-1/2 x 69 inches (54.5 x 175 cm) Kimura Hyakuboku (Shunzo) was born in Tokyo in 1884. While attending Kyoto University, he found himself attracted to Zen, and left the prestigious School to travel the Buddhist path. He was well known for his sumi-e ink paintings, especia...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1314897 (stock #MOR4988)
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An exquisite Lacquer Tray decorated with a spray of flowering Azalea in gold powder with mother of pearl, ceramic and lead inlays. Large kirigane flakes of solid gold decorate the petals. It is enclosed in a wooden box titled Tsutsuji Maki-e Nagatebon (Azalea Makie-e Tray). It is quite large at 19-1/2 x 14-1/2 x 2 inches (49.5 x 37 x 4.5 cm) and is in fine condition, dating from teh later Meiji to early Taisho period (1895-1915).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1314391 (stock #TCR4985)
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Traces of the artist’s fingers decorate the body of this vase by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began his artistic career studying painting in the Shijo manner under Koizumi Togaku before moving to the plastic arts under a number of teachers, including Takahashi Dohachi. He began using the name Tozan in 1895, and later received a number of prizes from...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1313684 (stock #TCR4982)
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A raw earthen bottle hand formed for sake and engraved with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. The poem reads:
Fuyubata no On the Daikon Leaves
Oone no kuki ni In a winter field
Shimo Sae Te Frost gleams
Asatode Samushi Going out in the morning I feel cold
Okazaki no sato Here in Okazaki village
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu. Born into a samurai famil...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1313156 (stock #MOR4978)
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A dramatic pair of large trays decorated with silver characters for sun and moon on dynamic black and red surfaces. Each comes in the original wooden box made by craftsmen at the Yabashi Studio in Gifu prefecture. They are 47 cm square and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1313001 (stock #TCR4974)
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A large trumpeting celadon by Suwa Sozen II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall roughly 6 inches (15 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. He again relocated, this time to Kyoto in 1900 to manage...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1312628 (stock #TCR4968)
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Carp leap from the churning waves on the side of this exquisite porcelain by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box which is protected by an outer black lacquered wooden box (ni-ju-bako). The detail is crisp and clear, everything we would come to expect from this illustrious artist. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1970 item #1312101 (stock #MOR4960)
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A tall trumpeted form by LNT Katori Masahiko accompanied by the original 1950s exhibition catalog. It is 11 inches (27.5 cm) tall and in fine condition, with incised signature on the base.
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 A...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1312045 (stock #ALR4959)
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An unusual image of a towering stone among pines by Yasuda Hanpo enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1935. It is titled Sosui Manken (In the shade of Towering Trees. Light pigment and ink on paper in a cloud-patterned satin border with large bone rollers. 46.5 x 207 cm (18-1/2 x 82 inches) and is in exceptional condition.
Yasuda Hanpo (1889-1947) was a Nanga artist studied under Mizuta Chikuho and Himejima Chikugai. He was first accepted into the Bunten in Taisho 6 (1918) ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1312011 (stock #ALR4956)
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A lone figure stares up at the autumn moon from the confines of his hermitage in this fine painting by Yasuda Hanpo. Ink and pigment on silk in a green patterned silk border. It is 58 x 202 cm (23 x 79-1/2 inches). There is a mark in the upper right corner, otherwise is in fine condition.
Yasuda Hanpo (1889-1947) was a Nanga artist studied under Mizuta Chikuho and Himejima Chikugai. He was first accepted into the Bunten in Taisho 6 (1918) and was steadily accepted throughout his life....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1311886 (stock #TCR4951)
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A Ryoro Sencha Steeped Tea Brazier by Seifu Yohei II complete with the original very rare near perfect condition bisque fired liner surmounted with a ring of swirling clouds, a pheasant, carp and Tiger. Outside it is decorated with blossoming trees and plants in the literati style and signed on the base. A window in the side pierced in the manner of bamboo growing over a garden rock would allow the preparer to fan the coals to heat water to the perfect temperature for the tea being served. Th...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1311261 (stock #TCR4942)
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A large baluster celadon vase by Miyanaga Tozan with auspicious beast-head ring handles enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Superb craftsmanship, signed on the base. It is 13 x 9-1/2 inches (32 x 24 cm) and is in excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping may be accrued separately depending upon destination.
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 Univers...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1309867 (stock #ALR4935)
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An interesting comment on the circle of life, the huge cicada, with only a three day (above ground) life, is dissected and carried away by a line of tiny ants, birth and death, the mighty and the tiny, and the cycle of life continues. This image is by Ishikawa Chikuson and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is performed with ink and light color on handmade paper, mounted in a field of soft-blue silk extended with beige. The scroll is 22 x 48-1/2 inches (55 x 123 cm) and is i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1309466 (stock #ALR4933)
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A snake slithers through the late summer grasses on this painting by Utsumi Koho dated 1901. Painted on silk, it has been completely remounted in a fine cloth border featuring blackened wood rollers. The scroll is 20-1/2 x 71-1/2 inches (52.5 x 182 cm) and is in fine condition. Utsumi Koho (Tsunejiro) was born in Chiba prefecture in 1878, the tenth year of the Meiji period. He studied the Shijo manner of painting under Mochizuki Kinpo. He was a member of the Nihon Geijutsu Kyokai, and rec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1309382 (stock #MOR4930)
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A set of three Edo period gold Maki-e cups representing the three friends of winter, plum, pine and bamboo enclosed in a period wooden box dated the sixth month of Tenpo 7 (1836). They are 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and consecutively smaller, and in fine condition. Although we cannot decipher the first character, the box is titled ? Kin Taka Maki-e, Mitsukumi (? Gold Takamaki-e, Set of Three). Inside is written the date followed by the presenter Shiotani Daishiro yori Hairyo, followed by the re...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1309371 (stock #MBR4927)
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An exquisite mottling of reds and greens covers this Balluster Form by Hasegawa Gassen enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Hasegawa Gassen was one of the great pre-war metal artists whose work was largely collected by the Imperial household and a dominant figure in mid 20th century Japanese bronze-work.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1309297 (stock #MBR4926)
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A fine dark olive bronze by Living National Treasure Katori Masahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 inches (20 cm) tall 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, following the...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1960 item #1309170 (stock #MOR4924)
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A blossoming plum rises majestically on the simulated matt-metal finish of this cloisonné vase by the Ando studio marked on the base. The interior is a rich dark blue, the exterior flat orange peel textured metal gray with the flower laden branches rising up in moriage. It is 30.5 cm (12 inches) tall, 18.5 cm (7 inches) diameter and in fine condition, enclosed in a wooden box.