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 : Baskets : Pre 1980 item #1325606 (stock #MOR5081)
The Kura
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A fine basket of wide plates of bamboo in a radical wa-gumi open weave and containing a bamboo basin. It is roughly 15 x 11 x 11 inches (38 x 28 x 28 cm). There is a small amount of cracking in the bamboo near one side of the handle (see close-up photos) otherwise is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1325493 (stock #TCR5080)
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A Praying Mantis clings to enamel vines creeping up the side of this unusually large terracotta cylinder by Mori Suiho enclosed in the original wooden box titled Bankogama Mushi no E Hanaike (Banko Kiln Vase with Insect Design) and signed with the Tokaen kiln name. Outside is raw clay, but inside is covered with a thin coat of transparent glaze, making it waterproof. On the base it is stamped Banko Suiho. Mori Suiho (1865-1929) was one of the most famed workers in traditional Ba...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1325328 (stock #MOR5079)
The Kura
$2,500.00
A very unusual image of Daikoku, one of the seven lucky gods whose raised mallet hammers out gold coins carrying a sack of treasure on bails of rice, signed and dated Genroku 12 (1699). The signature reads Kyo-Yamashina-Ju (Resident of the capitol in Yamashina, a district of Kyoto) Saigen Saku (made by Saigen). It is carved wood covered with a type of doro-e typical of Southern Chinese or Annan style and features inlaid glass eyes. Although the subject is very Japanese, this style of decorati...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1324994 (stock #TCR5077)
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An exquisite landscape circles the body of this voluminous ballister form by Eiraku Zengoro XV (Shozen) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 15 inches (38 cm) tall, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Eiraku Shozen (1879-1932) was the backbone of the family tradition after the passing of his father in 1909, and worked tirelessly to maintain the family reputation. His works were preferred by the 12th generation head of Omote Senkei Seisai, and were also...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1324891 (stock #TCR5076)
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A smiling foo-dog sits astride this box shaped koro by Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seiji Shishi Koro. It is 6.5 x 6.5 c 16 cm (2-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
Suwa 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 r...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1324627 (stock #MBR5074)
The Kura
$2,800.00
An excellent late Edo bronze tiger on a later Meiji period wooden stand. The features are very much in the later Edo form, with a very squat face, very distinct in that era. It is 20 x 14 cm (8 x 5-1/2 inches) and in fine condition, with some wear to the custom made carved wooden base where the creature has moved back and forth on it.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1324530 (stock #ALR5072)
The Kura
$850.00
A fan by Tofukujji Priest Fukushima Keido mounted on patterned brown silk extended with beige and featuring lacquered wooden rollers. Written is the verse Meigetsu Hyakuso Kage (shadows of a hundred grasses under the bright moon). Enclosed is a small wrapping paper for the 550th anniversary of the founding of Nanmei-in. It was likely the fan was given upon that occasion, and has later been mounted on the scroll, as indicated by the fact the paper has once been folded. Nanmei-in is a structur...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1324521 (stock #ALR5071)
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Monks coming and going, Ink on paper in a silk border patterned with clouds with bone rollers. The inscription reads One bowl, the offering of a thousand houses; Walking, walking, this Buddhist path (Translation Stephen Addiss). They are 28.5 x 192 cm (11-1/4 x 76 inches) in overall good condition, minor wrinkles with one crease bottom right. For an identical set of scrolls see the book “The Art of Twentieth Century Zen (1999).
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a militar...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1324428 (stock #ALR5070)
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Ink on hand-made mulberry paper in immediate patterned silk borders extended with momigami paper and featuring Shunkei rollers. Each is 16 x 49-1/2 inches (41 x 126 cm), in overall fine condition. The scroll inscriptions are:
Boat (fukujukaimuryo) Fortune and happiness are immeasurable, like the sea. and on the boat sail is the characters Shichifukumaru, the seven gods of fortune boat. (Translation V. Dujin)
Snail: (Zuisho ni Shu to naru)Everywhere and every time become a master (t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1324318 (stock #ALR5069)
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A priest on begging rounds calls out to the residents as he passes, a superb and unusual singular image by Kutsu Deiryu enclosed in a wooden box decorated with the same motif. The scroll reads: "Mori no toni, Kumo no kyorai ya, Natsu no sora" (The forest is full of clouds coming and going; summer sky). Meaning Summer days are hard for working monks. Cloud in the second line is a play on words, or characters actually, with the word unsui, another name for a Buddhist monk. [Translation and expl...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1324041 (stock #TCR5068)
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A fine image of a lobster is boldly written in fine detail on the surface of this large vessel by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan II, the body of the vase ranging from pure white to a deepening blue simulating the depths. It is 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It comes in a custom made wooden box. .
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Court by the tenth...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1324039 (stock #TCR5067)
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A large Buddhist tower in three parts forms this Koro by Teishitsu Gigei-in Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and aside from a small repair in the rim of the inner incense container (see close-up), it is in excellent condition. A rare opportunity to acquire a large work by one of the most famous potters of the Meiji era.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1323987 (stock #ANR5066)
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A Nandina (Jap.Nanten) grows up in brilliant red hues over a dark garden stone on thie black panels of this unique painting by Ono Tosaburo. Heavy pigment on paper mounted as a two panel screen with light cloth border and hardwood frame. This was exhibited at the 12th Nitten in 1956, and is visible in the catalog for that year. It is 85 x 74 inches (188 x 216 cm) open. Ono Tosaburo was born in Osaka in 1917 and studied under Konoshima Keika, The war interrupted his career, and he was first...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1323986 (stock #MOR5065)
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A pair of root-wood geese carvings 10 x 4 x 3 inches (24 x 10 x 9 cm) and 6 x 3 x 8 inches (14 x 6.5 x 20 cm) respectively. There are some minor losses around where the feet are attached to the natural form polished wood bodies, otherwise are in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1323817 (stock #MBR5064)
The Kura
$2,700.00
A large image of a crab in bronze stretches his claws as he sidles across a lotus leaf, the very back of the leaf opening into a small basin in which either incense could be burned (where the creature would be attempting to grasp the smoke) or a flower frog could be inserted (and the creature would be reaching round the flower display, holding it erect). It is 12 x 8 x 5-1/2 inches (30 x 20 x 13.5 cm) and is in excellent condition. A very rare and versatile work of anonymous antique Japanese c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1323814 (stock #TCR5062)
The Kura
$675.00
A set of five 15th-17th century Karatsu plates from various kilns repaired with five unique shades of gold and silver kintsugi. They are roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, and in fine condition. Enclosed in a custom made wooden box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1323683 (stock #MOR5061)
The Kura
$580.00
A small ichiboku-bori image of Jizosama dating from the Edo period. It is 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in completely original condition. There are some worm holes and nibbles on the left ear.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1323487 (stock #ALR5059)
The Kura
$1,650.00
A woman stands wrapped in a kimono, aloof , her gentle curves inviting yet the fan in her hand, showing the image of a skull, warns of danger. It is by Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942) signed using the original character for his name and thus dating it from between 1885 and 1900. A very unusual scene by the artist, certainly showing that he was already deeply rooted stylistically before going to Europe. Ink on paper in a later mounting; the scroll is 29-1/2 x 82 inches (75 x 208 cm). There is som...