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 : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1350150 (stock #ALR5361)
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A brilliant scroll depicting a Kabuki actor by Hayashi Bunto (1886-1966) memorializing the performance of the famous Kabuki Drama Senbon Zakura (1,000 cherry Trees) enclosed in the original signed wooden box thus titled. It is enclosed in a fantastic border of color and monochrome woodblock theater pamphlets and album pages depicting historical scenes of this play. The actor featured carrying a bucket of water and dressed as a commoner is likely the character Taira no Tomomori disguised as an ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1347397 (stock #TCR5360)
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A set of two Hassun-zara Yo-shokki dishes decorated with the nobori kiri image of the nobility in pink fuki-e. Each dish is uniquely signed on back, measuring roughly 8 inches (20.5 cm) diameter and both are in excellent condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II. Sent at the age of twelve to study painting under then the top Nanga artist Tanomura Chokunyu, he returned in 1865 due to illness. The next year he entered as an apprentice the Seifu studio, then und...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1347335 (stock #TCR5358)
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A set of two small dishes decorated with nobori-kiri in pink relief by Seifu Yohei III enclosed in a custom made wooden box. They are 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) square and in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II. Sent at the age of twelve to study painting under then the top Nanga artist Tanomura Chokunyu, he returned in 1865 due to illness. The next year he entered as an apprentice the Seifu studio, then under the control of the second generation. As so o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1347061 (stock #TCR5357)
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An early 20th century boxed set of Sometsuke Sencha tea implements decorated with calligraphy and suiseki stones in cobalt on white. It consists of five tea cups, a cooling pot, tea pot and lid. Each piece is individually signed and decorated with a unique image. The box is titled Sometsuke Iwa Ga Chaki (Blue and White Tea Set with Stone Image) and is signed Haian Toko Seizan Saku (Made by Seizan of Kyoto).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1346929 (stock #TCR5355)
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A flaring ivory form belted with floral scree by important artist Ito Tozan I wrapped in a blue cotton bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy) Seal on the lid. It is 18 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall, 16.6 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Taka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1346928 (stock #TCR5354)
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Dark crackling expands over the elegant form of this small vase by Seifu Yohei. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II. Sent at the age of twelve to study painting under then the top Nanga artist Tanomura Chokunyu, he returned in 1865 due to illness. The next year he entered as an apprentice the Seifu studio, then under the control of the second generation. As so often happens in these situations, in 1872 he marr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1346821 (stock #TCR5353)
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A gourd shaped ichirin-sashi by Seifu Yohei covered in crackled blue glaze, bearing the artists signature on the base alongside two collection numbers. It is 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II. Sent at the age of twelve to study painting under then the top Nanga artist Tanomura Chokunyu, he returned in 1865 due to illness. The next year he entered as an apprentice the Seifu studio, then under the control of the sec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1346820 (stock #TCR5352)
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Orchids grow in relief in the soft blue of this small vase by Seifu Yohei. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II. Sent at the age of twelve to study painting under then the top Nanga artist Tanomura Chokunyu, he returned in 1865 due to illness. The next year he entered as an apprentice the Seifu studio, then under the control of the second generation. As so often happens in these situations, in 1872 he married t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1346740 (stock #TCR5350)
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A soft blue-gray defines the imagery of bamboo growing up the white porcelain body of this vase by Miyagawa Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box and retaining the original rose-wood stand. It is 11 inches (28 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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1346493 (stock #MOR5349)
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A cinnabar mizusashi in the shape of an armor box with red Kao signature of Katagiri Sadamasa of Sekishuryu on the side, the craftsman signature on the base, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Annotated inside the box lid is Soseki Ko Konomi, Yoroi Hitsu (Armor Box, Favored form of the Honorable Soseki), signed Sadayasu followed by the Kao signature of Sadayasu. The Mizusashi is 8 inches (20 cm) square, 7 inches (17 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Katagiri Sadayasu (1923-1...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1345840 (stock #ALR5346)
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Autumn in the Mountains by Shirakura Niho Pigment on silk in a fine brocade border extended with beige and featuring ivory rollers enclosed in the original signed double wood box (nijubako). It is 26 x 56 inches (66 x 143 cm) and is in excellent condition. This is signed with his later art name Kanyu. We can see in the style as well, here he has adopted a very western watercolor approach, that this is one of his post-war works.
Shirakura Kinichiro (Niho or Jiho, Kanyu, 1896-1974) was ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1980 item #1345785 (stock #MOR5343)
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A stand for an incense burner (Koro-dai) cut entirely from burled woods and covered in clear lacquer. It is 16 x 12 x 12-1/2 inches (41 x 30.5 x 31.5 cm) and is in fine condition but for a minor abrasion on one edge.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1345708 (stock #MOR5341)
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2A green glazed pottery base by Toyoraku supports a polished bamboo pole into which is inserted a brass oil well, the rim of which holds a blown glass chimney and round glass shade. It is 28-1/2 inches (72 cm) tall, 10 inches (25 cm) diameter and in fine condition, dating from the Meiji to Taisho periods.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1345559 (stock #TCR5339)
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Autumns colors waver under blossoming plums across this set of five antique 19th century Inuyama Yaki plates (with one extra). Each is roughly 6 inches (15.5 cm) diameter and in overall fine condition, dating from the late Edo period. One extra has a small chip in the rim. Inuyama is a castle town in central Japan, in modern day Aichi prefecture Northwest of Nagoya, the traditional domain of the Tokugawa clan. Also sometimes refered to as Maruyama Yaki, the origins lay in the beginning of th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1345484 (stock #MOR5338)
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A ghoulish character from the Otsu-e pantheon, the Oni no Nenbutsu, a devil in priests robes, stands grinning, hammer in one hand to bang his bell and a ledger in the other in which are noted all the peoples sins. This figure is carved of wood and covered in lacquer and mineral paints. Dating from the 19th century (Later Edo period) it is 13 inches (33 cm) tall. There are some losses to the pigments accentuating the antique feel.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1345411 (stock #TCR5337)
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An unusual experimental Chinese form covered in mottled green glaze indicative of Agano and Takatori wares stamped on the base Kozan. The vase alone stands 29 cm (11-1/2 inches) tall and in fine condition. It comes with a dark wood base enclosed in a period wooden box.
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 ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1345338 (stock #MOR5334)
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Sages and their attendants wander about in the lush garden depicted on the sides of this wooden Chinese brush pot mounted on a carved wooden base. It comes enclosed in an old wooden box titled Karamono Chokoku Fude Zutsu (Chinese Carved Brush Pot). It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) square, 4-1/2 inches (12 cm) tall. There is a chip in the base as is visible in the photographs. This item was found in Japan, a testament to the flourishing trade which existed between these two countries for two millenn...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1345275 (stock #TCR5332)
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A sage gazes up at the moon, whisps of smoke curling from the open curtains of the small cabin on his boat; a fine koro by Ito Tozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 24 cm (9-1/2 inches) long and in fine condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for the imperial table)...