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 1980 item #1354539 (stock #ALR6398)
The Kura
$1,400.00
A large striking Zenga scroll depicting the Daruma in red and black on paper by Buddhist priest Seki Bokuo enclosed in a custom made Kiri wood box. Ink and pigment on paper in a silk border with celadon rollers. It is 88 x 185 cm (34-1/2 x 73 inches) and in excellent condition.
Seki Bokuo (1903-1991), former head priest of Tenryuji Temp Seki Bokuo born in Gunma prefecture, and studied at the Keio university medical course, before taking up formal Zen training. He became Dharma-Heir of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1354485 (stock #TCR6397)
The Kura
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A pottery incense burner from Hagi of highly textured clay in the shape of a Chrysanthemum surmounted with a Buddhist jewel. Inside the box lid is written Ko-Hagi Kikubana Koro followed by the sizes and an attribution to the second Koraizaemon (1617-1668) by the 11th generation head of the family (1912-1981). The koro is just less than 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 7 inches (18 cm) tall. There are a few old repairs as visible in the close-up photos.
The Koraizaemon legacy in Japan begins ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1354449 (stock #TCR6396)
The Kura
$700.00
Iris in dark iron decorate the crackled pale glaze of this Edo period platter featuring striking gold repairs and enclosed in a custom made period wooden box of thick kiri wood titled E-Seto Sara. The quality of the gold and repairs is singular in execution. That of a very skilled craftsman. The gold shimmers softly in tiny chips and dings around the rim, and in one corner a dollop of Oribe Green grows like moss on the rim, a hint of spring in the air. The dish is 9-1/4 (23.5 cm) square.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1354448 (stock #TCR6395)
The Kura
$220.00
A scene befitting the Daimyo, a regal person and his attendants are conveyed by ship through verdant islands under a clear sky. This set of five dishes comes from the Feudal kiln of the Ikeda clan. Each is roughly 6 inches (15.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition. There is one tiny chip in one, and a couple of hairline fractures along the rim of another. Otherwise they are in quite good condition, with only a couple of firing flaws in the rims (see close-up photos). Each is marked Tozan in a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1354247 (stock #TCR6393)
The Kura
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A large set of porcelain shrine guardians in the form of Inari on pedestals decorated with over-glaze enamels and gold. Inari, the magical fox holds one paw over a burning jewel, and each clutches a precious object in its mouth. They are roughly 4 x 6-1/2 x 13-1/2 inches (34 x 17 x 10 cm). There is a hairline crack in one on the back shoulder and up the back of one base. These do not affect the integrity of the pieces.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1354118 (stock #TCR6392)
The Kura
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A small house shaped incense burner by Mashimizu Zoroku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuzuya Koro. Inside the roof is visible cloth patterns where it was formed over wet sack-cloth. The outside has been scraped with a comb to resemble thatch. Inside a window a scholar gazes out, perhaps expecting a guest, or just contemplating the seasonal changes from the warmth of his abode. It is roughly 10.5 x 9 x 10.5 cm (4 x 3-1/2 x 4 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Ma...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1354097 (stock #ANR6391)
The Kura
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Mountains crowned with white snow rise majestically over the misty waters of a winter lake surrounded in dark pine and cedar on this Superb landscape by Nomura Bunkyo. Ink and light color on silk with powdered gold mist. The mounting is all original and top quality, brilliant blue silk border on front in black lacquer frame with fine bronze hardware and entirely backed in patterned blue satin. The screen is 68 x 149 inches (173 x 373 cm )in excellent condition but for handling marks at the ed...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1353472 (stock #TCR6390)
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A pottery figure of a Ho-o phoenix in pale crackled glaze with over-glaze enamel colors by Ito Tozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 22 cm tall and in fine condition. Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began his artistic career studying painting in the Shijo manner under Koizumi Togaku before moving to the plastic arts under a number of teachers, including Takahashi Dohachi. He began using the name Tozan in 1895, and later received a number of prizes from the Imperial family...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1353469 (stock #MOR6389)
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A sake set consisting of tray, dishes sake server, sake cup stand and three sake cups, made of wood and coated in lacquer to intimate bamboo. The three stacking sake cups are decorated with fortuitous images of soaring crane and pines. A lot of work went into making this set, dating from the Meiji period. The footed tray s 17-1/2 x 12 x 2-1/2 inches (45 x 30 x 6.5 cm) and all are in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1353076 (stock #ANR6388)
The Kura
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A brilliant set of 12 paintings dating from the Taisho period by Aida Michihiko, each delineating the progress of seasons in soft pastels mounted as a pair of low six panel screens. The coloring and style could hardly get anymore “Taisho” than this. Pigment on paper each scene is mounted in its own frame of blue patterned silk. Each screen is 322 x 140 cm (127 x 55 inches) and both screens are in overall fine condition. Every scene is titled. Starting on the far right the sun rises over...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1353075 (stock #ANR6388)
The Kura
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A brilliant set of 12 paintings dating from the Taisho period by Aida Michihiko, each delineating the progress of seasons in soft pastels mounted as a pair of low six panel screens. The coloring and style could hardly get anymore “Taisho” than this. Pigment on paper each scene is mounted in its own frame of blue patterned silk. Each screen is 322 x 140 cm (127 x 55 inches) and both screens are in overall fine condition. Every scene is titled. Starting on the far right the sun rises over...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1353074 (stock #MOR6387)
The Kura
$1,500.00
An exquisite set of five trays, horse-chestnut lacquered clear to reveal the exquisite grain patterns and decorated each with a unique poem by Matszaka Kian. The trays are 36 x 30 x 5 cm (14 x 12 x 2 inches) and are all in excellent condition. The poems read:
Yamashita Yu-yo Hogusa Ro Kyohen Ryusui Ochi Hanamura (Evenings sunlight low in the mountains, the scent of grass on the road; Below the bridge water travels, floating blossoms). This is from the poem anthology Meishiso.
Takek...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1353073 (stock #MOR5375)
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A raw cedar plank (Ita-zara) decorated with a poem and image of a river berm by Otagaki Rengetsu. It is 6-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches (17 x 13.5 cm) and in fine condition, with a cloud in the upper left center where the sweet cake would have been placed. For a similar set see the collection of the Museum DKM (Duisburg, Germany) or the book Black Robe White Mist (ISBN9780652541390) page 39 figure 47.
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu. Born into a samur...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1352857 (stock #MOR6386)
The Kura
$1,375.00
A root-carving of bamboo in the form of a dragon head with a hollowed center to be used as a Mokugyo prayer bell. Making use of the natural undulations in the bamboo nodules the artist has created a fierce form. Eyes bulging, whiskers drifting alongside, it is every bit the defender of Buddhist law. The piece is 16 x 12 x 18 cm (6 x 5 x 7 inches).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1352787 (stock #MOR6385)
The Kura
$385.00
Two distinct gilded and lacquered Kashibachi sweets dishes dating from the later Meiji to Taisho periods representing the diversity of design and accentuation of nature which defined Japanese design in the late 19th and early 20th century. The first, by one of Kyotos most prestigious lacquer studios, Heian Zohiko, is mirror black in the shape of a chrysanthemum. Expertly crafted and enclosed in the original signed wooden box, it is roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter. The second isa wooden box ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1352786 (stock #ANR6384)
The Kura
$3,500.00
A very unusual screen depicting 20 famous scenes of Kyoto in an industrial art design showing influences of Constructivism, De Stijl and Bauhaus design trends dating from the 1930s, signed Gyokusen. Each scene is labeled. The Kyoto Hotel, in front of City Hall, is shown draped with flags from all the countries, including the United States and Nazi Germany. Kurodani Temple is shown as a close-up of the threading on a samurai armor shoulder guard, Damonji Mountain is a patchwork o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Shinhanga : Pre 1960 item #1352392 (stock #ANR4719)
The Kura
$750.00
An unusual set of monochromatic hawk prints by Tokuriki Tomikichiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1956. The screen measures 39-1/2 x 61 inches (1m x 155 cm) Some wear to corners of the screen has been touched up with paint, otherwise it is in fine condition. More given to a colorful pallet in portraiture and scenery, this set of hawks is very unusual for the artist. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000) was bo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1352390 (stock #TCR6383)
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A ceramic cover for a tea room brazier in the shape of a devil dressed in priests robes dated and annotated within. Dating from the Ansei era, inside it is annotated by Daiko Sogen (1772-1860), 435th head of Daitokuji. Well known for his poetry and mastery of the Tea Ceremony, he taught Zen to Eiraku Hozen, and was compatriot to Gengensai. It is 34.5 x 34.5 x 30 cm (13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 12 inches) and is in fine condition.