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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355847 (stock #MOR6412)
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3 black lacquered trays covered in hira-maki-e feathers from the Wajima lacquer studio of Hirano Yotaro. Each is 15 inches (38.5 cm) diameter, 4 cm (2 inches) tall and in fine condition, enclosed in the original paper sleeves.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355717 (stock #MOR6410)
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A smoking set of hardwood and silver which has been decorated all about with feathers in lacquer. It is roughly a perfect 20 cm (8 inch) cube. Everything about it speaks of top quality. The wood is an imported hardwood, from the rosewood family. Two silver hooks swing out in front to hold the gold, silver and shakudo pipe. The top is decorated with plum blossoms around an intricate brazier cover. A silvered handle on top allows for easy carriage, secured to the sides with silver feathers. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1355508 (stock #MOR6408)
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A very rare 19th century elaborate head dress (Kanmuri or crown) of gilded parts inset with glass surmounted by a phoenix flanked by two dragons for use in the Japanese Noh Theater. A golden phoenix takes flight from the peak, surrounded by sun, moon and flaming jewel from which are suspended extravagant chains of glass and coral beads and gilded ornaments. Made of brass, paper, wood and thin wire, the entire is covered in gold with the sun and moon in enamel and burning jewels in glass. On t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355481 (stock #ALR6407)
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$650.00
An enso Zen circle encompassing nothing and everything, by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a silk border with black lacquer rollers. The scroll is 62.2 x 119.5 cm (24-1/2 x 47 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa. After a brief period at Empukuji in Kyoto, he moved to Yokohama and received inka from Nakahara Nantenb...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1355420 (stock #ALR6406)
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$600.00
A single stroke of ink forms a writhing dragon on this Zen scroll by important Zen priest and former head of Daitokuji Murasakino Shoun (Sohan Gempo). Ink on paper in a rough silk border with wood rollers dated Taisho 9 (1920). It is 44 x 196 cm (17-1/2 x 77 inches).
Sohan Gempo, (1848-1922) was born into a Shinto family, however entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of 12 at Kogen-ji, Kanazawa. After a brief period at Empukuji in Kyoto, he moved to Yokohama and received inka from ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1355418 (stock #MOR6405)
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A long bronze boat with removable thatched roof revealing a compartment for burning incense. One can imagine the sage within, burning twigs to heat his tea, smoke escaping the roof as he contemplates the empty moon. It is 13 inches (33 cm) long and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. In fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1354796 (stock #AOR6401)
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$1,200.00
14 images spanning two pages each are sandwiched between the silk binding of this two sided accordion album by Zen Priest Inaba Shinden enclosed in the original storage sleeve. The images span from Mount fuji to the Daruma to Zen Circles, each annotated with some verse or Buddhist anecdote. It is in excellent condition, the album (closed) measuring 8-1/4 x 12 inches (21 x 30 cm).
Inaba Shinden (1906-1986) was an important priest of the Rinzai sect of Japanese Buddhism. Born in Aichi, h...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1354792 (stock #MOR6399)
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$1,275.00
A large bronze water basin in the shape of a lotus leaf supported by three “Renkon” lotus root feet and upon which play frogs. Dating from the 19th century, it has acquired a lovely patina over the last century, of soft greens on richly burnished olive, and unusually, the veins are highlighted in reddish brown. It is 15 inches (38 cm) diameter, 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #1354600 (stock #MOR5366)
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$800.00
A bowl made up entirely of a natural growth of mushrooms dried and darkened with age enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Zuishibabon and annotated by Scholar/artist Yamanaka Shintenno. It is 26 x 22 x 7 cm (10-1/2 x 9 x 3 inches). The inside of the box lid is dated the Second Month of Meiji 9 (1876) and signed Shintenno. There are minor dings and chips to the dried edges of the mushrooms.
Yamanaka Shinteno(1822-1885)He was a feudal soldier & poet,born in Mikawa province.He stud...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1354540 (stock #AOR5240)
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Five individually painted fans by Seki Bokuo bearing inscriptions in dark India Ink, and one with bamboo in red. Two fans are 16 inches (41 cm) across when open, the other three 12-1/2 inches (22 cm) across. All are in overall fine condition, and fully functional.
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 Seki Seisetsu....
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1354539 (stock #ALR6398)
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$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)
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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)
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$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 1920 item #1354247 (stock #TCR6393)
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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)
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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)
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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1353076 (stock #ANR6388)
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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...