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 : Wood : Pre 1960 item #1369346 (stock #MOR6594)
The Kura
$350.00
A lovely hollowed out root forming a basket in which rests a large mushroom; an anonymous 20th century work of Mingei art. It is roughly 8 x 6-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (20 x 16 x 13 cm). There is a strap of wood inlayed into a weak point in the handle.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1980 item #1369345 (stock #MOR6593)
The Kura
Sold, thank you!
A large and elegant Wa-gumi basket by Yufu Shohaku signed on the base made up of alternating strips of finely braided bamboo rope and bands of raw bamboo. This is a dramatic work measuring 22 x 20 x 14 inches (56 x 50 x 35 cm).
Yufu Shohaku (b. 1941) is a second-generation bamboo artist from Beppu, the son of Yufu Chikuryu, putting him in the lineage of Sato Chikuyusai. Shohaku began making bamboo baskets in elementary school and achieved mastery by middle school. With his father, he cr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1369183 (stock #MOR6592)
The Kura
$950.00
A voluminous wa-gumi basket of open weave bamboo by Yamamoto Chikuryusai enclosed in the original signed wooden basket dated 1921. It is signed on the base and stands 38 cm (15 inches) tall and is in excellent condition.
Yamamoto Chikuryusai (1868-1945) was born in Osaka and learned the art of basketry under the tutelage of Chikuunsai I. Works are held in the Asian Art Meuseum of San Francisco among others. Anotuher basket by him after the Chinese style was exhibited at the New York Met...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1369144 (stock #ALR6590)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Two fox representing Inari, one of the principal kami (gods) of Shinto, are depicted on this Edo period talisman made at a shrine and traditionally hung in the home for protection. The two creatures hold in their mouths a buddhist jewel, symbol of knowledge, and a key to the kura, a storehouse for treasures. Between them is written Inari Daimyou Jin. Inari is the Japanese god of fertility, agriculture and of general prosperity and worldly success. In Edo Japan, Inari was also the patron of sw...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #1369140 (stock #MOR6588)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A six sided lantern of straight grain cedar roughly 11 inches (28,5 cm) across the top, 12 inches (30 cm) tall in excellent condition, dating to the first half of the 20th century
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1960 item #1369108 (stock #TCR6587)
The Kura
$395.00
Bamboo bends as if in a hurricane, forming a maelstrom of blue surrounding this vase by Ito Suiko enclosed in the original signed box titled Sometsuke Chikurin-zu Kabin (Blue and White Vase with Bamboo Forest Design). It is 10 inches (25 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Ito Suiko (1894-1980) was born in Kyoto, and studied under Tesishitsu Gigei-in Ito Tozan, Although he opened his own studio in 1931, he had begun exhibiting with the prestigious Teiten (mod. Nitten) in 1929, and would ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1369076 (stock #TCR6585)
The Kura
sold, thank you
Ragged Pines are engraved into the side of this ivory colored Incense Burner by Seifu Yohei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kanpaku-yu Shoju ? Nen Zucho (Yellow Tinged Glaze Incense Burner with Auspicious Pines Engraved. The tri-legged Koro rests on a custom ring of wood and features a wooden lid with pottery finial. 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1369058 (stock #MOR6584)
The Kura
$1,800.00
An elegant handled caddy made of an assortment of unusual Saya designs. On top is a brass lined opening which would have contained ash and coals for lighting a pipe, with a covered bamboo tsutsu for tapping out the pipe and a covered box for matches. Below are drawers for pipes and pipe cleaners. It s 10 x 7 x 12-1/2 inches (25 x 17 x 31 cm) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1369057 (stock #MOR6583)
The Kura
Sold, thank you!
An iron vase intentional rust and damascened silver of a Flat-fish on one side, the other au-natural by Sano Hiroshi exhibited at the 48th Kofukai Tenrankai Exhibition in 1962 and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Karai (flat-fish). It is 53.5 cm (21 inches) wide, 37 cm (14-1/2 inches) tall and in fine condition.
Sano Hiroshi was born in Jūshiyama, Aichi prefecture in 1930, and graduated the Nagoya Municipal School of Crafts in 1950. He became a member of the Kofukai in...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1368991 (stock #TCR6582)
The Kura
$535.00
Peacock feathers adorn the gilded sides of this exquisite Art-Nouveau vase signed on bottom Kutani Taniguchi Sei in red enclosed in a wooden box titled Kujaku-e Kabin (Peacock Vase) and inside the lid dated the first month of Meiji 43 (1910) signed with the name Setsuko (Likely the owner of the vase, not the potter). The vase is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Taniguchi Komakichi (1873 – 1925) ran the Taniguchi kiln throughout the later Meiji and Taisho period. Along ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1930 item #1368990 (stock #MOR6581)
The Kura
$950.00
Four antique combs with matching hair pins made of wood and or bekko covered in gold lacquer with maki-e designs enclosed in sarasa-cloth-bound boxes dating from the opening years of the 20th century, from the end of the Meiji to the early Showa years. Two of the combs are signed by the lacquer artist who created them. The combs are roughly 8.5 to 9.5 cm (3-1/4 to 3-3/4 inches) long each. The Kogai are 13 to 16 cm long (5 to 6-1/4 inches) each, and all are in quite good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1368926 (stock #MOR6580)
Bamboo rises majestically enwrapping the bodies of this matching Suzuri-bako and Bunko set dating from the Taisho to early Showa enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes. Inside, on a ground of polished black, thatched farmhouses in gold, lead and mother of pearl take us out to a bucolic past where time moved more slowly. Each is signed inside the lid Mitsuyoshi-saku. The Bunko is 42.5 x 35.5 x 15.5 cm (17 x 14 x 6 inches) and retains the original inner tray. The Suzuri-ba...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1368925 (stock #MOR6579)
The Kura
$800.00
A carrying box with bamboo handle consisting of four lift-out-doored compartments and three drawers for storing the utensils used in Sencha steeped tea. The doors and drawers are inset with panels of Kuro-gaki, a hardwood prized for it’s exquisite grain configurations. Late Meiji to Taisho period, early 20th century. The box is 41 x 17 x 41 cm (16 x 7 x16 inches) and is in overall fine condition. There are some dark stains on the top right corner consistent with a wet tea cup.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #1368831 (stock #MOR6578)
The Kura
sold, thank you!
Koma Inu Shrine guardians decorate this unusually vivid Ako carpet dating from the early 20th century. The color combination is quite striking, especially when held up to the more standard subdued works typical of Ako. It is 95 x 195 cm (37-1/2 x 77 inches) and is in stunning condition. We found this wrapped in paper in the attic of a Kyoto home which had been sealed off during renovations in the 1950s. With a relatively small quantity produced within the rather short history of Japanese car...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1368830 (stock #MOR6577)
The Kura
$1,600.00
A ghoulish character from the Otsu-e pantheon, the Oni no Nenbutsu, a devil in priests robes, stands grinning, hammer in one hand to bang his bell and a ledger in the other in which are noted all the peoples sins. His glass eyes pierce through the soul, inspiring fear wherever he goes. This figure is carved of wood and covered in clear lacquer with light use of gold and red. It is 10-1/2 inches (27 cm) tall, signed on the back by the artist and dated 1927. There is a crack partway down the r...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1368710 (stock #MOR6576)
The Kura
Sold, thank you!
A serene image of the standing Buddha Amida (Amithaba) on a blossoming lotus base behind which sprouts leaves and a halo of rays. He stands with hands held in the Upper and Lower birth Mudra position indicating rebirth in the upper realm of Western Paradise. The glass eyes and tranquil expression welcome all into his ranks. 19th century (late Edo to Meiji period), it is 21 inches (53 cm) in total tall, the figure itself 12 inches (30 cm), and is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1368658 (stock #ANR6575)
The Kura
$3,500.00
An unusual tall two panel scene of a kiln climbing up the hillside, firewood stacked in front ready to fire Signed Mitsutaro and exhibited at the 17th Inten National Exhibition in 1930. Titled Nobori-gama, it is published on page 488 of the 6th volume of the Inten Hyakunen-shi. Pigment on paper, it is 68 x 73 inches (173 x 186 cm). There are humidity stains and some minor loss to the pigments. Originally a pair, only one remains.
Ishimoto Mitsutaro (Kotaro) was born in Tokyo in 1890, s...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1368530 (stock #TCR6571)
The Kura
$850.00
Sale Pending
A very rare okimono of a boy with a hand sickle and a basket on his back (which could serve as a vase) by Nakamura Shuto enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shibakari Bokudo Okimono (Object of a Servant Boy Cutting Branches). It is 9 x 5 x 6 inches (22 x 12 x 16 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Nakamura Shuto I (1865-1928) was born the son of famous Kaga potter of Daishoji Temple Nakamura Shigeichiro from whom, along with Takeuchi Ginshu from the age of 12, he initially s...