The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholar’s realm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1261243 (stock #MOR4614)
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$475.00
A peaked stone in the form of a thatched roof home set onto a superbly carved wooden base rising on one side to meet the misshapen natural bottom of the form. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261102 (stock #MOR4612)
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$1,000.00
MOR4612 A beautifully polished and worn piece of natural wood hollowed out and plugged on one end, the other open with a solid zogei lid made to carry incense. The lid shows perfect grain and the wooden body is scarred and gnarled by time and nature. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) long and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1261100 (stock #MOR4405)
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$475.00
A very rare Natural Benikamo viewing stone in the shape of a thatched minka farmhouse. An excellent piece for Bonseki miniature gardens or to accompany a bonsai display. It is 9 x 5 x 8 cm (4-1/2 x 2 x 4 inches) and is of course in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1960 item #1261098 (stock #MOR4611)
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$525.00
Tightly woven strands of caramel colored smoked bamboo mix with raw root, the highs polished to a soft glow leaving black to accent the shadows in the spaces between. A fine anonymous Hanakago basket dating with braided arch handle from the first half of the 20th century. It is 15-1/2 inches (39 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1260964 (stock #MOR4610)
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$4,800.00
A Rimpa style design adorns this silver-rimmed raw kiri-wood suzuri-bako painted by Kawai Gyokudo and containing a ceramic ink stone, brushes, punch and knife by Ito Tozan and a silver and shakudo water dropper stamped by an unknown metal artist. Inside a river flows from top to bottom in rich, soft blue...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1980 item #1260963 (stock #MOR4609)
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$1,180.00
Raised Cloisonné flowers decorate the lid of this brass Suzuri Bako Writing box made by the Ando Studio and enclosed in a silk lined custom wood box. Inside is lacquered black, and contains the never used ink-grinding stone (Suzuri) as well as a suiteki of the same brass and cloisonne design set into a wooden tray with rests built in for brushes. It bears the Ando mark on the base and is in fine condition, measuring 10 x 7 inches (18 x 26 cm).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1260868 (stock #MOR4608)
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A fine Kikukaseki (also Kihkkaseki) fossilized Chrysanthemum stone featuring the Chrysanthemum boldly polished from a mottled red surface and set into a slight but superbly crafted wooden stand. It is 6-1/2x 2 x 5-1/2 inches (16.5 x 5 x 14 cm) and is in fine condition.
Kikukaseki or Kikka-Seki (fossilized Chrysanthemum stone) is a kind of viewing stone featuring natural crystaline chrysanthemum patterns, and it is highly valued for it's beauty...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1260867 (stock #MOR2501)
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$625.00
A mischievous Shojo sprite pads forward with a long dipping scoop over his shoulder, a huge pot behind (likely filled with rice wine as the Shojo is very fond of drink). Opposite a long inscription fills the open area. The pottery vessel is deeply carved into the bamboo with the Shojo in relief before it. The piece is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall, roughly -3/4 inches (7 cm) diameter at the base and dated 1901...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1260639 (stock #MOR4607)
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$1,250.00
A beautiful Chinese style open basket by Tanabe Chikuunsai II featuring a wide copper basin for flower arranging. It measures 15 inches (38 cm) diameter and is signed beneath, Chikuunsai. There is staining from the use of lead flower frogs on the copper insert; the basket is in fine condition.
Tanabe Chikuunsai I (1877-1937) began under the tutelage of the great Meiji bamboo artist Wada Waichisai, establishing his own studio in 1890...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1960 item #1260581 (stock #MOR4604)
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$575.00
A fine mountain shaped stone with linear stripes called Toraishi (Tiger Stone) from the Seta River in a soft olive color with red undertones and black stripes. It sits on a base of beautifully sculpted rosewood. It is 20 x 12 x 12 cm (8 x 5 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1260383 (stock #MOR4602)
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$2,450.00
A large wa-gumi bamboo basket by Wada Waissai (also Waichisai) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This sophisticated basket, woven of split, smoke stained Susu-dake bamboo, has an ovoid form featuring a looping handle of knotted plait. It comes with the original bamboo otoshi or water container for the interior of the basket, cut from a broad cylinder of bamboo, the exterior surface shaved away, scored vertically and lacquered...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1254333 (stock #TCR4601)
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A large porcelain vase by Miyanaga Tozan decorated with a garden scene of young pine growing up around a large stone brushed by Yamamoto Shunkyo and enclosed in a double wooden box signed by both artists. It comes with the pictured rosewood stand in a separate section in the box. The vase is 12 inches (31cm) tall 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1253536 (stock #TCR4600)
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A sophisticated soft yellow Kiji Celadon vase by important early 20th century female potter Suwa Sozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in fine condition. The vessel dates from the late Taisho to early Showa period (1922-1940), when Sencha and the ideas of Chinese Scholarly life reigned in Japan.
Suwa Sozan II (Torako (1890-1977)) was the niece and adopted daughter of Teishitsu Gigei-in Suwa Sozan I (1852-1922)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1253261 (stock #TCR4599)
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A kiji Yellow Celadon Koro incense burner with a horse finial enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Kato Kozan. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kato Keizan (1886-1963) was born in Tajimi city, Gifu, a pottery center in its own right, however came to Kyoto to apprentice under Kiyomizu Rokubei IV. He established himself in the same neighborhood in Kyoto, where he became well known for celadon and Chinese based porcelain forms...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1253132 (stock #MOR4598)
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A stunning selection of burled wood makes up this intricate compartmentalized picnic box dating from the opening years of the 20th century (Later Meiji). It would make a great jewelry box. There are 23 individual compartments and one sake flask. The set is 32 x 20 x 42 cm (12 x 8 x 17 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with minor Chips typical of use. The lower most box lid has warped some with age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1251900 (stock #MOR4588)
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Five paintings on paper mounted on split bamboo Ogi fan frames with five bamboo handles with green silk chord enclosed in the original signed wooden box. They are backed with white paper flecked with genuine gold. Roughly 9 inches (22 cm) diameter and in fine condition but for a few nibbles around the base of the fans near the satin handle-inserts. Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1250843 (stock #MOR4138)
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A set of five handpainted wooden dishes dating from the Meiji period from painters at the studio of Kono Bairei (1844-1895), one of the most famous studios of the Meiji, including work by Takeuchi Seiho, Yamamoto Shunkyo Tamanami Gyokuha and 2 by Tsuji Kako. Turned from what appears t be Zelkova, each is covered in clear lacquer upon which the respective artists have decorated in black. Each dish is 16 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition enclosed in a stamped wooden box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1250384 (stock #TCR4569)
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A deep e-karatsu bowl dating from the Meiji period depicting a garden scene of stones and bamboo signed Shasosai. The poem reads: “Kinpu, Gyokuro, Keika, Kaiki Kotsuki Kuru, Shokyo Shin Gei Ya.”
Golden wind, Jade dew, Winter Chrysanthemum, A large moon blossoms beautiful, The light assailing my pillow at night. The first three lines here are translated literally, but are also a play on the names of exalted green teas. A very powerful image. Difficult to tell from the photographs b...