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 #1351854 (stock #ALR6382)
The Kura
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A delicate image of a Zari-gani fresh water shrimp by Oishi Junkyo enclosed in a period wooden box. The poem reads:
nanigotomo
naseba naratefu
kotono wa wo
Mune ni Kizamite
Ikite Kishiware.
Whatever happens, no matter the hardships and pain, Set it in your heart to live with Spirit! This little fellow looks up to the challenge, a stern look on his face and his dukes up, ready to battle giants. What a fitting image for this artist. Ink on silk in a fine bro...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1351850 (stock #MOR6381)
The Kura
$240.00
An antique iron votive candlestand hand forged in Japan in the opening years of the twentieth century. It is 46 cm (18 inches) tall and in fine condition. On one side is engraved Ito Kiyouemon. Opposite 8th Month Taisho 4 (1915).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1351849 (stock #MOR5079)
The Kura
$1,800.00
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 inlayed glass eyes. Although the subject is very Japanese, this style of decorat...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1351724 (stock #TCR6379)
The Kura
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A beautifully crafted 19th century bottle likely from the Takatori region of Kyushu enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Kyushu-gama Tokkuri (Flask from Kyushu Kiln). On the side is written Utsutsugawa-kama. Utsutsugawa-yaki can encompass the modern Gagyu Kilns, Takatori and possibly those of Agano. It is a truly exquisite form 11 inches (28.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1351723 (stock #TCR5094)
The Kura
$1,150.00
A pair of gorgeous Meiji period vases from the Kyushu kilns of Takatori enclosed in a superb compartmentalized cross-cut-cedar wood box. They are roughly 12 inches (30 cm) tall each and in fine condition.
Takatori Yaki was started by Korean potters brought over to Japan during the invasion of Korea in the Momoyama period. From its founding until 1871, Takatori production was controlled and patronized by the Kuroda Daimyo family, Lords of Chikuzen province in Kyushu (modern day Fukuoka)....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1351137 (stock #MOR6378)
The Kura
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A water-worn bowl of natural wood lacquered inside with black and gilded, leaving black lacquer on the rim, to create a startling contrast between the mirror like black, shining gold and ancient weathered wood. It is enclosed in a period wooden box titled Jidai Kihachi Sunabachi (antique Wooden Sunabachi Bowl). It measures 34.5 x 30 x 11 cm (14 x 12 x 4 inches). There are two hairline cracks in the gold (see photos).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1351135 (stock #TCR6377)
The Kura
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A celadon incense burner in the shape of a kabuto samurai helmet on an armor box by the first generation Suwa Sozan wrapped in the original stamped cloth and enclosed in a wooden box. It is 9.5 x 10.5 x 15 cm (4 x 4 x 5-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition, with much residue inside from years of incense smoke. The box has been broken and re-glued.
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875. Ove...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1350991 (stock #MOR4657)
The Kura
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A pair of hollowed and lacquered coconut shells enclosed with a folding fan in a box decorated by Shimizu Hian. The gold and silver sides of the black lacquered fan are also decorated with calligraphy by this eccentric scholar artist. Inside the box lid is a poem and a painting of a tokkuri and sake cup signed Hian. The two open vessels would have been partly filled with hot water, and the Tokkuri would have been inserted to keep the sake warm. The fan was likely to be used to fan the flames...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1350888 (stock #TCR4669)
The Kura
$2,600.00
A set of 21 dishes made by Kiyomizu Rokubei III (1820-1883), Shiokawa Bunrin (1808-1877), Kono Bairei (1844-1895), and other members of Bunrin's atelier enclosed in a custom compartmentalized wooden box. Inset into the lid is the original signed wooden box top titled Shiokawa Bunrin Sensei E no Kiyomizu Rokubei Saku. Each gourd shaped dish is uniquely decorated with a seasonal image and poem, and is signed by the artist who decorated it and stamped by the maker Rokubei. The set is likely datin...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #1350887 (stock #MOR6375)
The Kura
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A tall crystal vase by Kagami Kozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box and signed on the base, dating circa 1965. The hand blown form is very thick, with large air pockets creating a wonderful sense of drama and a dream-likequality. It is 27 cm (11 inches) tall in in fine condition.
Kagami Kozo (1896-1985) was born in Gifu, central Japan, and graduated the Tokyo School of Art Design Department. He entered the Southern Manchuria Rail Road Research Facility in 1920, and while there...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1350839 (stock #ALR6374)
The Kura
$950.00
Water streams between the verdant hills on this lurid landscape by 20th century artist Shimizu Hian. Ink on paper completely remounted in silk with black lacquer rollers. The poem reads:
Hana chirite Arui ha, Samuki hi mo arinu, Haru no Yukue no shizuka nari keru (Early flowers have fallen and the cold lingers, nonetheless Spring quietly approaches).
It is 63 x 129 cm (25 x 51 inches) and in excellent condition.
Shimizu Hian (1883-1975) was a popular poet and painter of the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1350838 (stock #MOR4667)
The Kura
$1,700.00
A pair of Geese made from gourds capped with zogei beaks and filled with tiny lead balls so that they may be balanced into any position on their root-wood base. One of the most elaborate Scholar art gourd designs I have seen. Each goose is roughly 8.5 cm and 10 cm respectively (3-1/2 and 4 inches), the base 17 x 12 cm (7 x 5 inches) and all in excellent condition, dating likely from the Meiji or opening years of the 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1350787 (stock #MOR6373)
The Kura
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A 19th century (Edo to Meiji periods) gilded bronze branch bearing three golden fruits, each of which opens to reveal a small compartment. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) long, 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall and comes enclosed in an age darkened kiri-wood box. Certainly of Buddhist connotations, it likely held some small sweets or incense.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1350786 (stock #TCR5106)
The Kura
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A vase from the early days of the Fukagawa Company made by and decorated with Shishi lions and Peony in 8 sided windows among grape vines in cobalt. There is wear to the gold rim, otherwise is in fine condition. This was created about 1915, when the Fukagawa Company was still sub-contracting the finer works out to prominant potters of the Arita area. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) tall, 10 inches (24.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition but for the above mentioned wear to the rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1350651 (stock #TCR5125)
The Kura
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A large 19th century baluster form with ring handles by Takahashi Dohachi enclosed in a period wooden display box. It is signed on the base Kachutei Dohachi-sei. The vase is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. One of the ring handles has been broken and re-glued.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by a retainer of Kameyama fief, Takahashi Dohachi I around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of porcelain and ceramic production by the ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1350650 (stock #MOR6372)
The Kura
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Hand formed copper vase with waves in annealed silver signed on the side and enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the 1950s. It is 20 x 15 x 21 cm (8 x 6 x 8 inches) and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1350649 (stock #MOR6371)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A Bronze Crane carrying fortuitous items on its back dating from the 19th century. The bundle of treasures is removable to reveal and incense compartment. It is 29.5 x 12 x 12 cm (11-1/2 x 5 x 5 inches) and is in fine condition. The sharp appearance of the creature is indicative of older works.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1350449 (stock #ALR5040)
The Kura
$1,250.00
The sun rising behind pine boughs, a celebratory ink and pigment on paper painting by Fukuda Kodojin in a silk border with ivory capped bone rollers enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 45 x 152 cm (18 x 60 inches) and in overall fine condition, with minor marks from handling. Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944) was an eccentric self taught artist, his status as a poet, calligrapher and literati artist has reached legendary status. Born at a time of great change (4 years before the final fall of th...