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 1900 item #1337569 (stock #SAR5222)
The Kura
$1,400.00
Engraved brass fittings decorate this amazing Te-nugui-kake rack decorated with dozens of heraldic Samurai Family crests in brilliant gold maki-e over nashiji powdered gold ground. It is 23 x 9-1/2 x 22-1/2 inches (59 x 24 x 57 cm), There is a crack in the joint at one foot, and some dirtiness, but overall is in exceedingly good condition. This was from the Jinnya, an Inn for Daimyo and other important travelers moving between Kyoto and Edo on the old Tokkaido Road.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1337499 (stock #ALR5220)
The Kura
$1,400.00
A fully restored Edo period silk painting of 17 warriors of the East who fought with the Tokugawa clan at Sekigahara, Each in vivid color, each arrayed in his finest armor. It is 57 x 190 cm (22-1/2 x 75 inches) and is in excellent condition. Mounted in patterned brocade with bone rollers. This came to us in rather poor condition, and although the painting was fine, the mounting was very tired, so we had it completely remounted at considerable expense.
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 : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1337247 (stock #MOR5215)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A very unusual saya of flaring design is inlayed with crushed eggshells and metallic nashiji with blanks of black in the shape of maple leaves. The silvered Habaki too is made with the shapes of maple leaves filed into it. The tang is signed Sadanori. The blade is not rusted, neither is it in high polish.
blade length: 26 cm
sori:0.7 cm
motohaba:2.4 cm
motokasane: 0.6 cm
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1337032 (stock #MOR5214)
The Kura
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A writing box decorated with chrysanthemum in hira-makie powdered gold outside, imperial kiri-mon inside, dating from the later Meiji period. It contains an ink stone and chrysanthemum shaped Suiteki water dropper. 9 x 10 x 1-1/2 inches (22.5 x 25.5 x 4 cm) it is in excellent condition, and appears to have never been used. It has been professionally polished in preparation for listing. This was a gift from the Imperial household agency or a branch family of the Imperial family.
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1336862 (stock #MOR5211)
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A large Edo period Zushi containing a much older handwritten paper tablet preserved in Icon form within a carved and gilded frame on a lotus base. On the tablet is written Namu Amiddhabu (Paise to the name of Amiddha). Outside the zushi is black lacquer with brass hardware, inside entirely gilded in gold. The Zushi is 30 inches (77 cm) tall, 11 x 4-1/2 inches (28 x 11 cm) and is in overall fine condition. Of obvious great antiquity, the writer of this piece is unknown however must have been ...
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 : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1336739 (stock #MOR5209)
The Kura
$1,800.00
An exquisite selection of burls superbly crafted by hand to form this low flower table with a flat top meeting perfectly slightly curved edges the legs pierced with and open design. It is cut from a slab of Tocchi-wood, horse chestnut, highly prized for its iridescent grain and figuring. It is 13 x 22-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches (33 x 57 x 11 cm) and is in excellent condition without damage or warping. Early 20th century; raw wood items like this piece were considered the height of fashion from the la...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1336470 (stock #MOR5203)
The Kura
$330.00
An offering of flowers and a Buddhist reliquary decorate this beige silk Fukusa hand painted by Kubota Beisen. On the reverse is a plum blossom crest. It is 25-1/2 x 30 inches (64.5 x 77 cm).
Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) was a student of Suzuki Hyakunen, who expanded upon his teachers style with a flare for western techniques, while remaining recognizably Japanese. He helped to establish and taught at the Kyoto School of Painting (Future Kyoto University of Fine Art). He also served as a ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1336433 (stock #MOR5201)
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It is 20 x 21-1/2 inches (50 x 55 cm) Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907) was born in Oita (the Oka Feif) and studied initially under Okamoto Baisetsu before moving to paint under the famous literatus Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835), who adopted him as a son and had a very strong influence on the young artist. Upon Chikudens death he also studied briefly under Oshio Chusai (1792-1837) then finally ventured out on his own upon that teachers passing. He moved to Kyoto, where he helped found the Kyoto Mu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1336432 (stock #ALR5200)
The Kura
$900.00
A young girl in traditional robes stands in the garden among autumn foliage, a breath of spring in the closing of the year. The background is all muted, allowing the boldness of the colors of her robes, flesh and hair to stand out. Expertly rendered, the scroll is 2 by 6 feet (63 x 183 cm) and is in excellent condition, completely remounted in pale patterned silk. This is more than likely the work of Osaka female artist Tominaga Gyokuun, an artist studied in the Shijo school of painting und...
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1336336 (stock #MOR5198)
The Kura
$250.00
Verdant green covers this elegant form, an anonymous bronze dating from 1950s Japan enclosed in a period wooden box. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in fine 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 ...