The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for thier 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 lisitng, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery for the next month, and actively seeking new stock, we do anticipate more disaster relief work after the rain season has ended in mid July. 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 : New Century : Prints : Contemporary item #1335655 (stock #AOT5188)
The Kura
$500.00
An Artist Proof by American artist and print-maker Olivia Munroe titled composing in dark ink on paper. It is hand, signed, titled and bears the Artist Proof designation in pencil. The paper is 56 x 67 cm (22 x 26-1/2 inches). The image is 39.5 x 50 cm (22 x 30 inches). There is slight toning to the edges. Olivia Munroe has a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her award-winning etchings are included in numerous public, private and corporate collections, among the...
All Items : Artists : Prints : Contemporary item #1335654 (stock #AOT5187)
The Kura
$595.00
An Artist Proof by American artist and print-maker Olivia Munroe titled composing in dark ink on paper. It is hand signed, titled and bears the AP in pencil. The paper is 56 x 67 cm (22 x 26-1/2 inches). The image is 39.5 x 50 cm (22 x 30 inches). Fine condition.
Olivia Munroe has a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Part of her childhood and also artistic career she lived in Japan, a time when these prints were made. Her award-winning etchings are included ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1335650 (stock #TCR5186)
The Kura
$1,500.00
An unusual form by Kiyomizu Rokubei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled “Nishikizoku Kabin” similar in form to the work exhibited at the Nitten in 1938, but likely pre-dating that by a few years. The vase is 16 inches (41 cm) tall, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) diameter and is in fine condition, and includes a rosewood base.
Kiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959) began by studying painting from the age of 12 under the 19th century master Kono Bairei. Upon graduation from the Kyoto Munic...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1335609 (stock #MOR5185)
The Kura
$300.00
A raw kiri-wood tray decoratd with bamboo sasa-grass in gold maki-e dating from the first part of the twentieth century enclosed in the original wooden box signed Toyosai. It is 15-1/2 x 11-1/2 x 1 inches (39.5 x 29 x 2.5 cm). There are a few small abrasions in the wood, but hardly noticeable. Perfect for Summer use, one can almost hear the breeze rustling the bamboo leaves.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1335608 (stock #TCR5184)
The Kura
$1,600.00
An unusual basket shaped ceramic vessel surmounted by a frog by Ito Tozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 5 inches (13 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for the imperial table). In 1867, with the fall ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1335411 (stock #ALV5183)
The Kura
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The lotus sutra is written out in perfect characters by the Zen Nun Murase Myodo. The ink on paper Sutra is mounted in patterned lavender with Kinran highlights extended in green silk and ends with black lacquered wooden rollers. It is 26 x 52 inches (66.5 x 132 cm) and comes enclosed in a kiri wood box. There are a few faint scattered spots (see photos).
Murase Myodo was born in 1924 in Aichi, one of 9 children, a chance encounter with a nun in her village led her from the age of six ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1335410 (stock #TCV5182)
The Kura
$455.00
A chawan by Zen Priest Yamamoto Gempo decorated with the character Okina (elder) within, his signature the only decoration outside. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/4 inches (8.5 cm) tall and comes enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box. For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection
Yamamoto Gempo (1866-1961) was born to a poor family in Wakayama at the end of the Edo period, he was left to die of ex...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335409 (stock #TCV5181)
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A tsutsu-gata chawan decorated with Nanten (Nandina) by Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition. For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection
Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1988) Born in Gifu, he became head priest of Kaiseiji (formerly headed by Nakahara Nantenbo 1839-1925, at that time closed) in 1943, and re-...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335331 (stock #TCV5180)
The Kura
$525.00
A chawan tea bowl by Zen priest Kajitani Sonin of Sokokuji Temple in Kyoto enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. The box is stamped with the Yaki-in (brand) of Sokokuji Temple. For a nearly identical piece see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection, p. 101.
Kajitani Sonin (1914-1995) was born in Oita on the southern Island of Kyushu. Diagnosed as ill in Junio...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1335330 (stock #TCV5179)
The Kura
$295.00
An incense case made by Mashimizu Zoroku IV and decorated by Murakami Jikai, head Priest of Rokuonji in Kyoto (Known for the gold pavilion called locally Kinkakuji), enclosed in the original wooden box dating from 1987. It is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Murakami Jikai was born in 1902 in Aichi Prefecture and received ordination in 1916 at Rokuon-ji (better known as the Golden Pavilion). After receiving a degree in philosophy from Ōtani University he trained...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1335329 (stock #TOV5178)
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A pair of Futaoki lid rests for use ing the Japanese Tea Ceremony decorated with the Kao signature in red of Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The signature on each is very different, one from his years at Myoshinji Temple, the other from before that. Each is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. For a nearly identical set see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection, p. 115.
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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1335268 (stock #ALV5177)
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An Enso circle containing the characters Cha, Setsugetsuka by Zen priest and famed calligrapher Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1977. It can be translated TEA, Snow, Moon Flowers, three of the beauties of nature to be enjoyed from the solitary confines of the tea room. The ink on paper image is enclosed in a green silk border extended with beige terminating in auburn lacquered wooden rollers. It is 19 x 49 inches (48 x 125 cm). There is faint scattered foxing. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1335184 (stock #TCR5176)
The Kura
$950.00
A classical shape for the sencha tea room by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hyo-gata Kake Kabin. The gourd form is molded from rough sandy clay and covered in ame-iro glaze reminiscent of Ohii-yaki. It is 17 inches (43 cm) long and in fine condition. The box has been chewed on in one corner by a mouse, and the wood has much darkened with age.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1335010 (stock #TCR5175)
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A fine celadon vase by Miyanaga Tozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It comes with the original rosewood stand. It is 13 inches (34 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo University of Art. While a government employee, he represented Japan at Arts Expositions, and studied art in Europe before returning to Japan in 1902 to de...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1334942 (stock #MOR5174)
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A large pair of 19th c. (Edo p) votive Inari Fox images representing the god of fortune. They are 16.5 x 10 x 24 cm (6-1/2 x 4 x 9-1/2 inches). One holds the key to the treasure house in his mouth. One would have been standing over a Buddhist jewel, however that is now missing.
Inari Okami is the Japanese kami of foxes, of fertility, rice, tea and Sake, of agriculture and industry, of general prosperity and worldly success, and one of the principal kami of Shinto. In earlier Japan, Inar...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1334894 (stock #MOR5173)
The Kura
$600.00
Small Pair Edo p. Japanese Shrine Foxes Kitsune, Inari, antique, A pair of 18th-19th century votive Inari Fox images representing the god of fortune, one standing over a tuft of rice, the other likely origianly over a Buddhist jewel (now missing). There are chips in the ears, and one is missing the tuft of his tail. 10 x 5.5 x 13 cm (4 x 2 x 5 inches).
Inari Okami is the Japanese kami of foxes, of fertility, rice, tea and Sake, of agriculture and industry, of general prosperity and w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1334874 (stock #TCR5172)
The Kura
$400.00
A 19th century gourd shaped vase in crackled pale glaze decorated with cherry blossoms. Excellent condition, it is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall not including the lid, enclosed in a period wooden box.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1334831 (stock #TCR5171)
The Kura
$300.00
A superb crystal glaze vase by Koraku enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) tall plus a wooden stand included. Excellent condition.