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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1328092 (stock #MOR5113)
The Kura
$1,100.00
A very unusual set of 8 Sumo wrestlers and 4 referees showing progression from the start of the match to the throw and victory. They are Tsuchi ningyo, un-fired clay decorated with paints. Rings of bound straw (just like the real thing) are 24 cm(10 inches) diameter. Each figure is Roughly 18 cm (7 inches) tall. There are a few repairs, one wrestler has a broken arm repaired, the grappling pair has one head re-glued, and the referee has twice had his gunbai baton broken. Please see the phot...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1328014 (stock #MOR5111)
The Kura
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Pines in the Rimpa style grow on the folded surface of this fan painted by Kamisaka Sekka and enclosed in the original signed wooden box, retaining the original paper binding on the fan itself. It is 12 inches (30 cm) long folded, and in excellent condition.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings. From 1882 he began his artistic career, however did not take-off until visiting t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1328012 (stock #TCR5110)
The Kura
$845.00
A lovely pair of matching Tea pots for Chinese steeped tea decorated by the eccentric artist Kai Kozan, each wrapped in a sarasa bag and enclosed in a compartmentalized wooden box signed by the artist. One tea pot is dated 1924. They are roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kai Kozan (1867-1961) was from the land of the literati, Oita prefecture. In 1880 he entered the studio of Hoashi Kyo-u. In 1896 he married Kai Wariko, (daughter of a Honganji Buddhist sch...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1327944 (stock #AOR5108)
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Three caliigraphic poem cards hand painted by Zen Priest Fukushima Keido and enclosed in their original paper storage sleaves. Each is 9-1/2 x 11 inches (24 x 28 cm) and are in fine condition.
The first is Sangetsu Hanrin (no) Aki (Reflecting on the Autumn Moon From the poem by Li Po, also known as Li Bai 701-762)
The second reads Mu-shin (The mind without the mind)
The third Kokoro Kiyo(kereba) Hyaku Ji Fu (With a pure heart all endeavors will naturally improve)
Fukushima...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1327937 (stock #MBR5107)
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A Fine bronze by the modern master of the Japanese bronze tradition, world renowned Hasuda Shugoro, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The modern form is belted in geometric patterns with a mottled olive and red patination, signed on the base Shu. It is 6 x 7 x 9-1/2 inches (17 x 15.5 x 23.5 cm) and weighs approximately 5.5 kg (12 lbs) in excellent condition.
Hasuda Shugoro was born in Kanazawa City in 1915. After graduating the Ishikawa Prefectural Industrial School he moved ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1327936 (stock #TCR5106)
The Kura
$600.00
A vase from the early days of the Fukagawa Company made by and decorated with Shishi lions and Peony in 8 sided windows among grape vines in cobalt. There is wear to the gold rim, otherwise is in fine condition. This was created about 1915, when the Fukagawa Company was still sub-contracting the finer works out to prominent potters of the Arita area. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) tall, 10 inches (24.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition but for the above mentioned wear to the rim.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1327771 (stock #ALR5110)
The Kura
$850.00
"KikuSuiTsukiZaiShu" written by the notorious firebrand Buddhist-Nun Murase Myodo. If you hold water in your hands, the moon will be reflected in your hands, therefore you will hold the moon in your hands. The light of the moon shines on all without discrimination. The path of the Buddha is open to all without discrimination. But one must first scoop the water and hold it up to the night sky, the choice to hold the moon in your palm lies solely with the individual. Ink on paper in a silk bor...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1327523 (stock #MOR5104)
The Kura
$380.00
An unusual re-purposed table made from the top and bottom of a traditional Hanami-Bento Picnic Box covered in exquisite Maki-e gold scenes on Nashiji ground and dating from the early Edo period (17th-early 18th century). Courtiers, Samurai, Nobles and the warlord sit entranced as a man makes the slow moves of Noh, lit only by blazing bonfires. Two filled holes in the center indicate where the original handle for the hanami-bento would have been. It is 6-3/4 x 12 x 1 inches (17 x 30.5 x 2.5 cm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1920 item #1327479 (stock #MOR5103)
The Kura
$3,600.00
Three monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, serve to remind the wearer of this important tenant. They are a very unusual set carved from boxwood and dating from the early 20th century. The eyes of the largest figure (the container) are inlayed with black wood, and it is signed on the bottom Kunimitsu. The container is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall the Netsuke 2 inches (5 cm) long and all are in fine condition. For a very similar work see the piece by Soko (1868-1935) in the book ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1327478 (stock #TCR5102)
The Kura
$700.00
A chawan tea bowl decorated with iron scribbling representing the I-Ro-Ha song (and alphabet) by the former head priest of Todaiji Shimizu Kosho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/2 inches (13 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Iroha is a popular motif in Buddhism.
Kosho (1911-1999) was a unique and prolific artist-priest studied in the eccentric painting style associated with Nara. He was long time abbot of the massive Todai-ji temple co...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1327477 (stock #SAR5101)
The Kura
$495.00
A set of three Jingasa helmets with matching crests dating from the Edo period made of Nerikawa leather covered with black lacquer. Two are roughly 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) diameter, the third 12-1/2 inches (32.5 cm). In completely original (as found) condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1327441 (stock #MOR5100)
The Kura
$1,200.00
An ink stone container in the shape of a turtle with gold lining, red and black lacquer outside. The inner lid is covered on top with mother of pearl on black lacquer, and features a bekko handle. Beneath is written a poem:
Medetaku mo (Such felicitation) Kimi ga te ni noru (Resting in my palm) Kame no ko no (Like the turtle’s Shell) Jufuku Mannen (the Fortune of eternity) Na no makuni ari (with hope it will endure). The piece is 6 x 4 x 2 inches (15 x 10 x 5 cm) and is in fine co...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1327440 (stock #ALR5099)
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The character “Hiraku” Open (or to Open) in bold scratchy strokes by the infamous nun Murase Myodo. Open you mind, open the path to enlightenment, the path is open to all, but like this calligraphy work is not easy, it is dry and thorny and the gate must be passed. Ink on paper in a silk border with wood rollers. It is 24-1/2 x 48-1/2 inches (62 x 123.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Born in 1924 in Aichi, one of 9 children, a chance encounter with a nun in her village led her ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1327283 (stock #TCR5097)
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An 18th or early 19th century Shonzui-yaki Imari Incense Burner enclosed in an age darkened period wood box. It is signed Gorotaiho Goshonzui Zo in a cartouche on the side. This is an attribution to the artist Ito Goro Taiho who is said to have crossed to China to learn the basics of firing sometsuke, and spent ten years there before returning to Japan to set up a kiln in the Imari region. The piece is 5.5 x 9 x 7.5 cm (2-1/4 x 3-1/2 x 3 inches).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #1327156 (stock #MOR4634)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A large cylinder taken from the base of bamboo carved with three frogs signed Amanohashi Shujin Usho-saku and dated Showa 8 (1933), enclosed in a period wooden box. One of the creatures rests quietly in a hollow, while two others climb the side, one of those surmounting the top. These are not carved and added to the piece, but are actually a part of the original bamboo, the head and mouth of the top fellow being part of the nodules between the chambers in the bamboo plant. Lined with brass, i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1327154 (stock #TCR5095)
The Kura
$2,800.00
White wisteria (fuji in Japanese) drape from the gilded rim of this Kutani vase signed from the preeminent Kaburagi studio and dating from the opening of the 20th century. The imagery is exquisitely performed with over-glaze enamels on a pastel gray ground. The vase is large at 13 inches (33.5 cm) tall, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition, with some wear to the gold rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1326838 (stock #TCR5094)
The Kura
$975.00
A pair of gorgeous Meiji period vases from the Kyushu kilns of Takatori enclosed in a superb compartmentalized cross-cut-cedar wood box. They are roughly 12 inches (30 cm) tall each and in fine condition.
Takatori Yaki was started by Korean potters brought over to Japan during the invasion of Korea in the Momoyama period. From its founding until 1871, Takatori production was controlled and patronized by the Kuroda Daimyo family, Lords of Chikuzen province in Kyushu (modern day Fukuoka)....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1326837 (stock #ANR5093)
The Kura
$1,100.00
Sennin, Daoist immortals, relax, Gamma with his three legged toad looking shocked upon his shoulder, Tekkai sending his spirit forth, the essential equipment of the Daoist life scattered about them. The painting is dated 1912 and signed Kodo. The artist has chosen a very humorous stance from which to depict his subjects. The silk image is mounted on a panel of applied gold flake and framed in striped Ebony,. The frame is 142 x 48 cm (58 x 19 inches). There are some minor abrasions to the su...