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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1364556 (stock #MOR6492)
The Kura
$900.00
A very unusual Iron candle stick decorated in doro-kin gold in the shape of a lotus leaf supplanted by a stalk about which are tied small leaves and buds, an elongated set of petals and a dried lotus seed pod from which protrudes the candle holder. It is roughly 80 cm (32 inches) tall and is in overall fine condition, still bearing the soot of ages in the darkened incense filled hall of a temple.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1364442 (stock #TCR6491)
The Kura
$225.00
Sale Pending
A set of five Hirado dishes dating from the Meiji period (19th century) decorated with vines burgeoning with grapes and waves over which soar plovers. They are roughly 14 x 22 cm (5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1364441 (stock #MOR6490)
The Kura
$795.00
A pair of long necked geese in minimalist style by Seiko (Yasutaka) enclosed in the original signed wooden box and retaining the original black lacquered display stand. The birds are 13 and 17 cm long respectively (5-1/2 and 7 inches) and are in fine condition. The table has a few minor nicks and scratches, however is overall very presentable as the photographs evidence.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1364385 (stock #TCR6489)
The Kura
$1,200.00
Flying yellow clings around the sides and underlies the vitrified yellow ash which runs down the front of this unusual open Kame shape from the early to mid Edo period kilns of Echizen. Something dripped during the firing or cooling time in the kiln right onto the front, creating a wonderful if not haphazard focal point of silver gray. The low, out turned rim is very typical of this region. It is 23.5 cm (9-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter, weighing 3.8 kg (8 lbs) and is in excelle...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1364384 (stock #MOR6488)
The Kura
$375.00
Stout bamboo grows strongly up the fine wood grains of this tray decorated by bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910-2000) covered in lacquer and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 33.5 cm (13-1/2 inches) diameter and in prefect condition. Tanabe is one of the most important names in Basketry in the Kansai region of central Japan. Chikuunsai I lived from 1877 to 1937; this basket was made by his son Chikuunsai II, who in turn passed on the artist name to his oldest son, Chik...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1364383 (stock #TCR6487)
The Kura
$575.00
Three Seto-yaki monkeys made to fit hand in hand forming a chain for the display of a flower basket or other hanging ornament. Each is roughly 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) long and all are in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1364286 (stock #TCR6485)
The Kura
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A porcelain okimono of two mandarin ducks, symbol of marital bliss and eternal love, the male standing fiercely on guard over the female as she rests. It comes enclosed in the original box signed inside the door Heian Juko (Yoshimitsu) and dated on bottom January 31 of Showa 16 (1941). It is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1364161 (stock #ALR6483)
The Kura
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A superb image by Hirai Baisen depicting the fire lit on the mountains surrounding Kyoto on the final day of Obon enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled “Okuribi”. It is performed with washes of ink and gold on silk, bordered in a fine frame of patterned brocade. It is 22 x 79 inches (56 x 200 cm). It features large ivory rollers, which will need to be changed if shipped outside Japan. There is a wrinkle in the scroll (not a hard crease) through the line of housing (see photo)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1364158 (stock #TCR6481)
The Kura
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A lightning shaped Narumi-Oribe Mukozuke dish decorated with geometrics and drying persimmons enclosed in a fine custom kiri-wood box titled “E-Oribe Mukozuke” and annotated “Mino Ko-gama” by Living National Treasure Kato Takuo, who was well known for his research into old kilns and firing techniques. One of the best preserved pieces I have seen in a long time dating from the Momoyama to early Edo period.; it originally had three looping feet which have been lost. The dish is 5 x 4-1/4 ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1364106 (stock #TCR6480)
The Kura
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Soft crackled glaze stained lightly from use around the rim drapes over the raw clay form which shows tellingly the hands of the virtuoso who created it, Otagaki Rengetsu. Scratched into the side is a bucolic poem of Autumn:
Uchi watasu Along ridges
kuro no ogawa ni around the paddies
nagaruru ya a stream flows
tori amari taru carrying forgotten
sanae naru ran. seedlings of rice.
It comes enclosed in a box annotated by a priest of Jinkoin Temple dat...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1363909 (stock #TCR6476)
The Kura
$2,300.00
A 17th century (Momoyama to Early Edo period) Kiseto koro incense burner with silvered bronze lid enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box titled in red lacquer Kiseto Marukoi Koro. A deeply incised line about the center allows the glaze to pool and waft in green clouds from it. The low base shows clearly within where it had been stacked on another piece during firing. It is 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1492 item #1362325 (stock #TCR6475)
The Kura
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Delicate fish scale patterns in gold on bronze lacquer highlight old chips on the rim of this large Yamachawan Tea bowl dating from the Kamakura to early Muromachi periods (12th -15th centuries). Blue glaze twinkles on the heavily eroded surface, where Shizen-yu ash pooled and crystallized. There is a large slash in the glaze where another bowl had been stacked inside, and there are much losses to the surface glazing typical of excavated works. It is this very sense of loss which defines the ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1362082 (stock #ALR6473)
The Kura
$500.00
A bucolic scene of a fisherman in grand open scenery by Miyake Kokki mounted in double matting and enclosed in a modern wooden frame. It is stamped on front and back, with the date Year 17, 11th month 8th day (November 8 1943) and the place Uji-gawa (Uji River south of Kyoto). The paper canvas is 19.5 x 13.5 cm (7-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches). Originally taken from an album, there is a crease down the middle and toning to the paper typical of age.
Miyake Kokki (1874-1954) was born in Tokushima,...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1361754 (stock #TCR6472)
The Kura
$2,700.00
A very unusual incense burner in the form of two servants holding up Hotei as he looks joyously toward the night sky. It is performed in crackled white glaze over pale clay with simple iron decoration. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in seal titled Ga-korai Hotei Koro indicating it was based on Korean decoration techniques. It is 18.5 x 10 x 14 cm (7-1/2 x 4 x 6 inches) and is in fine condition. He may have originally held a gumbai-fan, which is...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1361677 (stock #TCR6471)
The Kura
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Copper green and dark iron decorate the pale glazed sides of this exquisite box dating from the early Edo period (17th century) wrapped in a silk lined sarasa bag and enclosed in a black lacquered wood box. It is 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) square, roughly 3 inches (7 cm) tall and in overall fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1361676 (stock #TCR6470)
The Kura
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An Edo period Kogo decorated with geese on white glaze from the Kilns of Kyoto enclosed in a period wooden box. Inside the lid of the Kogo is the date Kansei 2 (1790) and signature Hogan Chikushun-Zo (Hogan is a titled reserved for artists of high stature). The wooden box is titled Chikushun-zo Raku-kogo Shikaku dated the ninth day of the 11th month of Tenpo 11 (1840). It is roughly 2 inches (4.5 cm) square and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1361620 (stock #TCR6468)
The Kura
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A Tokkuri decorated with an Otsu-e image of a sword bearer and a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu enclosed in a wooden box annotated by the head of Jinkoin Temple and titled Rengetsu-ni saku, Otsu-e Tokkuri, The poem reads:
Furi tate shi As if raising and lowering
mameshi gokoro no his true heart like a standard
hitosuji ni in one line
koyuru ka imo ni will he pass through to meet his love
Osaka no seki. beyond Osaka Gate?
This may be ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1361580 (stock #ANR6467)
The Kura
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A tall screen titled “Yubae” depicting trees before a high skyline of mountains by Muto Akira in thick pigments exhibited at the 1960 Nitten National Exhibition. Yubae is a word which describes the quality of light reflecting off of something from the setting sun. This style of heavy textures is typical of Nihonga in the mid-century, a brief era lasting for only about a decade when Nihonga artists were reaching out for new styles following the Second World War. It is published in the Nitt...