The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholars realm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1960 item #1260581 (stock #MOR4604)
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A fine mountain shaped stone with linear stripes called Toraishi (Tiger Stone) from the Seta River in a soft olive color with red undertones and black stripes. It sits on a base of beautifully sculpted rosewood. It is 20 x 12 x 12 cm (8 x 5 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1260383 (stock #MOR4602)
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A large wa-gumi bamboo basket by Wada Waissai (also Waichisai) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This sophisticated basket, woven of split, smoke stained Susu-dake bamboo, has an ovoid form featuring a looping handle of knotted plait. It comes with the original bamboo otoshi or water container for the interior of the basket, cut from a broad cylinder of bamboo, the exterior surface shaved away, scored vertically and lacquered...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1254333 (stock #TCR4601)
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A large porcelain vase by Miyanaga Tozan decorated with a garden scene of young pine growing up around a large stone brushed by Yamamoto Shunkyo and enclosed in a double wooden box signed by both artists. It comes with the pictured rosewood stand in a separate section in the box. The vase is 12 inches (31cm) tall 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1253536 (stock #TCR4600)
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A sophisticated soft yellow Kiji Celadon vase by important early 20th century female potter Suwa Sozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in fine condition. The vessel dates from the late Taisho to early Showa period (1922-1940), when Sencha and the ideas of Chinese Scholarly life reigned in Japan.
Suwa Sozan II (Torako (1890-1977)) was the niece and adopted daughter of Teishitsu Gigei-in Suwa Sozan I (1852-1922)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1253261 (stock #TCR4599)
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A kiji Yellow Celadon Koro incense burner with a horse finial enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Kato Kozan. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kato Keizan (1886-1963) was born in Tajimi city, Gifu, a pottery center in its own right, however came to Kyoto to apprentice under Kiyomizu Rokubei IV. He established himself in the same neighborhood in Kyoto, where he became well known for celadon and Chinese based porcelain forms...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1253132 (stock #MOR4598)
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A stunning selection of burled wood makes up this intricate compartmentalized picnic box dating from the opening years of the 20th century (Later Meiji). It would make a great jewelry box. There are 23 individual compartments and one sake flask. The set is 32 x 20 x 42 cm (12 x 8 x 17 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with minor Chips typical of use. The lower most box lid has warped some with age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1251900 (stock #MOR4588)
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Five paintings on paper mounted on split bamboo Ogi fan frames with five bamboo handles with green silk chord enclosed in the original signed wooden box. They are backed with white paper flecked with genuine gold. Roughly 9 inches (22 cm) diameter and in fine condition but for a few nibbles around the base of the fans near the satin handle-inserts. Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1250843 (stock #MOR4138)
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A set of five handpainted wooden dishes dating from the Meiji period from painters at the studio of Kono Bairei (1844-1895), one of the most famous studios of the Meiji, including work by Takeuchi Seiho, Yamamoto Shunkyo Tamanami Gyokuha and 2 by Tsuji Kako. Turned from what appears t be Zelkova, each is covered in clear lacquer upon which the respective artists have decorated in black. Each dish is 16 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition enclosed in a stamped wooden box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1250384 (stock #TCR4569)
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A deep e-karatsu bowl dating from the Meiji period depicting a garden scene of stones and bamboo signed Shasosai. The poem reads: “Kinpu, Gyokuro, Keika, Kaiki Kotsuki Kuru, Shokyo Shin Gei Ya.”
Golden wind, Jade dew, Winter Chrysanthemum, A large moon blossoms beautiful, The light assailing my pillow at night. The first three lines here are translated literally, but are also a play on the names of exalted green teas. A very powerful image...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1249820 (stock #TCR4565)
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A hermit rides comfortably on the back of an ox, a reference to the 10 stages of enlightenment of Zen lore. This piece is by Miyagawa Kozan I (1842-1916) and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koro (outside), and inside Ninsei Utsushi Ushi-Jinbutsu hijiri followed by the signature and the Teishitsu Gigei-in seal. In addition, the box has been annotated on the side by the current Makuzu Kosai...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1249151 (stock #TCR4559)
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A dark bamboo grows up the side of this gohon bowl by Kiyomizu Rokubei decorated by Nishiyama Suisho and enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in fine condition.
Nishiyama Suisho (1879-1958) was born in Kyoto, graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and studied the Shijo manner under Takeuchi Seiho. He served as head of the Kyoto Special School of Painting (mod Kyoto University of Fine Art)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1248028 (stock #TCR4551)
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A large Hakeme Sweets dish made by Kato Genjiro and decorated by the Buddhist Scholar Nanjo Bunyu to commemorate his ascension to temple life on the 8th day of the third month of 1923. It is 17.5 cm (67 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Tsuruma Sanko Yaki (also known as Tsurumai Yaki) was established in the Showa district of Nagoya, Aichi prefecture by Kato Genjiro in 1914...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1247599 (stock #MOR4545)
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A small round gourd: polished, cut and decorated inside with delicate fronds in gold on black maki-e. This is superb. It is 3 inches diameter (7.5 cm) and in perfect condition, enclosed in a quality old kiri-wood box. .
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1247598 (stock #TCR4544)
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A floral spray by Maruyama Oyo decorates this Hakeme serving dish By Eiraku Zengoro enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) diameter.
The box bears the stamps used by the two 14th generation heads of the Eiraku family, Tokuzen (1853-1909) and his wife Myozen (1852-1927). Eiraku Myozen was a rarely accepted female potter of the Meiji to Early Showa eras, protecting and propelling the name of Eiraku into a new generation after the early deat...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1247370 (stock #TCR4543)
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Daikoku, the happy go lucky god of good fortune, dances on a bale of rice, a huge sack full of treasure over his shoulder sealed with the Dohachi stamp and his lucky hammer shaking out gold coins which fall to the bottom of this beautiful tokkuri sake flask. A date on the side indicates it was made over the New Year of 1804-1805 2nd generationDohachi, the year he took over the kiln in Awataguchi) or 1864-1865 (third generation Dohachi. Likely the former. It comes enclosed in an old wooden sto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1247181 (stock #TCR4542)
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A fine Koburi wan-gata small Chawan Tea bowl for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony decorated with a flora spray and short verse by Imao Keinen and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. As there is no potters mark, it is likely Keinen formed this bowl by his own hand. It is 11.5 cm (4-3/4) inches diameter, 7.5 cm tall and in fine condition but for one minute gold repair to a chip in the rim.
Imao Keinen (1845-1924) was born in Kyoto, and initially schooled in the Ukiyoe style before...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1244605 (stock #MOR4524)
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A fine tame-nuri three tiered Jubako Lacquered box made by Heian Zohiko and decorated by Suzuki Shonen. A gold landscape creates a wavering band about the middle box, with a single pine tree rising majestically up over the lid. The set of three boxes sits on a wooden base. It is covered in a soft transparent red lacquer outside, and lacquered black within. The lid is signed in ink by Shonen and comes in the original wooden box signed Heian Zohiko. There are a few minor nicks in the edges an...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1244418 (stock #MOR4523)
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Flowers in burnt orange spray across the front of this red fan shaped sweets tray decorated by by Kamizaka Sekka and enclosed in a period paper box. It is 10 x 8-1/2 x 1/2 inches (25.5 x 21.5 x 1.5 cm). There is one minor nick in the rim which can be repaired if desired.
Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings. From 1882 he began his artistic career, however did not take-off until visit...