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 1960 item #1339630 (stock #AOR5242)
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Pastel rooftops march among the green foliage on this iconic mid-century painting by Miwa Chosei in the original frame bearing the artists “Tomo Seal” on back and in a box from Takashimaya Department Store dating from the 1950s titled Ieshima no Ienami (Rows of houses on Ieshima). A similar work was exhibited at the 11th Nitten. Pigment on silk it is in fine condition. The painting is 22 x 23 inches (56 x 58.5 cm). The frame is 30 x 28 x 2 inches (76 x 71 x 5 cm). The label of Takashima...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1338718 (stock #TCR5239)
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A superb elephant shaped incense burner by Miyanaga Tozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seiji Zo Koro. Extreme clarity in the fine details, I will let the photos speak for themselves. It is 6 x 4 x 6 inches (15 x 10 x 15 cm) and in excellent condition. It comes with a pamphlet dated Showa 16 (1941) the last year of the artists life.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated fr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1338527 (stock #MOR5233)
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Two Meiji period Ostrich eggs hollowed and decorated with rich lacquered Maki-e designs of Uminosachi (treasures of the sea) on one, and Royal Crests among scrolling vines on the other. They come in a custom collectors compartmentalized kiri-wood box, one with the original Meiji period stand, the other with a more modern brass wire stand. They are roughly 6 inches tall each (16 cm). The Tai fish has cracks in the thick lacquer, but it is stable, and features a glass eye. More photos availabl...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1338040 (stock # ANR5229)
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A screen featuring the gate at Hikone Castle by Honjo Toen exhibited at the 1927 Teiten (mod. Nitten) National Exhibition Pigment on silk in a brocade border with original red lacquered wooden frame and cloth backing. It is in overall fine condition. Some chips in the lacquer frame have been filled, and some water marks are present in the center and upper left of the screen. It is 187 x 140 cm (73-1/2 x 55 inches).
Toen was born in Hyogo prefecture in 1900. He studied at the Kyoto Sp...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1338039 (stock # MOR5228)
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A Pair of antique Kodaiji Maki-e Chopsticks in black lacquer bearing the crest of the Toyotomi clan and the Imperial chrysanthemum with solid silver tips. One end of one has been repaired with powdered silver lacquer. The silver tips would have been to warn the person eating of poison, as it was believed pure mteals like silver, gold and pewter, would somehow change in the presence of poisons. The utensils are 12 inches (29.5 m) long, the silver tips extending 3 inches (7.5 cm) up the shafts....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1337812 (stock #MOR4836)
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A sword stand of wood covered in Nashiji Lacquer emblazoned with Mitsuba-Aoi Hollyhock crests of the Edo Shogun. It is 25-1/2 inches (64 cm) tall, the base is 9 x 10 inches (23 x 25 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1337451 (stock #MOR5217)
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A cluster of leaves forms a circular crest on the nashiji ground of this fine 19th century katana kake sword stand measuring 52 x 19 x 37.5 cm (20-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 14-3/4 inches). It is in overall fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1337249 (stock #ALR5216)
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Kamikaze, the Divine Wind decimating the Chinese fleet as fearless warriors brave the tempest to drive off the attacking hordes. Uenaka Chokusai, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Pigment on silk in a pale silk border with ivory rollers. 19-1/2 inches x 7 feet (49 x 214 cm) in fine condition.
Uenaka Chokusai was born in Nara (1885-1977), and was enthralled with the arts from a young age. He apprenticed under Fukada Chokujo, and later Hashimoto Gaho. At the age of 23 he wa...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1337031 (stock #TCR5213)
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Otafuku, the embodiment of feminine warmth, smiles softly as she draws her robes up, a large pottery figure by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I. An identical image with overglaze enamel decorations is visible in the 1929 posthumous exhibition catalog (Copies included). It is over 15 inches (39 cm) tall. There is a chip in the base near the left foot (see pictures).
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1336741 (stock #MOR5210)
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A four stage lacquer Kogo incense case in austere black decorated with the 16 petal Imperial chrysanthemum and enclosed in the original wooden box signed Heian Manju-zo. Inside is superb Nashiji ground. It is 6.5 x 6 x 9 cm (roughly 2-1/2 square by 3-1/2 inches tall). This was made by Uesugi Manju and given as a gift to those who attended the ceremony of the first harvest held by the current emperor of Japan, the Heisei Emperor, in 1988. Inside the box lid is written:
Ju Kogo (stacking...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1336613 (stock #TCR5208)
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A pensive figure wrapped in green robes by Miyagawa Kozan I, bearing the artist’s seal on the base. It is 13 inches (32.5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Court by the tenth generation head of the Kyoto pottery family Miyagawa Chozo. The Kozan (Makuzu) kiln as we know it today was established in Yokohama in 1871 by the 11th generation head of the family wher...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1336471 (stock #MBR5204)
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A large 17th to 18th century Buddhist sculpture of a Rakan (arahat), well sculpted, his naked torso gilded in gold with robes and shoes in black lacquer, carrying a large urn which is an active incense burner. The sculpture is 2 feet (61 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. There are minor losses to the lacquer and gilding typical of age, and a repair to his left foot. Both little fingers are missing from his hands; these could be repaired if desired at additional cost.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1336431 (stock #MOR5199)
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Brass and Shakudo form a dragonfly lighting upon one of three art-deco inspired leaves “floating” on a slab of fine kiri-wood making up this okimono signed on the base Takasaki Hiromasa and enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating likely from the 1930s. It is 36.5 x 30.5 x 2.5 cm (14-1/2 x 12 x 1 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1336335 (stock #TCR5197)
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Egrets in flight decorate the art-deco influenced shape of this faceted hanging vase by Nakamura Suiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. According to the inside of the box, this was one of three made for submission to the 5th Nihon Bijutsu Tenrankai (Nitten, 1949). An entry in the catalog for that year states that Nakamura Suiko of Ishikawa prefecture exhibited a “Tri faceted Porcelain Hanging Vase Decorated with Egrets”. It is roughly 9 x 10 x 9 inches (23 x 25 x 23 cm) and is ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1336141 (stock #TCR5196)
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A lovely dark Koro incense burner decorated wいth meditating Buddhist images in resist covered with black glaze highlighted with red and enclosed in the original wooden box signed Juzan Te-saku (Made by the hand of Juzan). It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1335778 (stock #TCR4958)
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A yellow-glazed porcelain decorated with Phoenix in cobalt by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box with a Kae-buta (extra lid) signed by the tea master Sokuchusai. The vase is quite large at 11 inches (28.5 cm) tall, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition. It comes with a black lacquered wooden stand as pictured.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperia...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1335411 (stock #ALV5183)
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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)
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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...