The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1279851 (stock #TCR4757)
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A puppy appears through the green glaze of this finely crafted Kogo by Suwa Sozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875. Over the next 25 years he would gravitate between Tokyo and Kanazawa, working at various kilns and research facilities...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1279730 (stock #TCR4756)
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A large sweets dish decorated with blossoms by Eiraku Zengoro XII (Wazen) enclosed in a custom made wooden box. The bold pattern is fitting this bold artist. It is 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Eiraku Zengoro XII (Wazen, 1823-1896) was one of the most influential potters of his time, setting the stage for the revival of and modernization of Kyoyaki, based on models by Koetsu, Kenzan and Ninsei...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1279729 (stock #MOR4755)
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An art-deco cast bronze box by Katori Masahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 14 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm (5-1/2 x 3-3/4 x 1 inches) and in fine condition.
Katori Masahiko (1899-1988) was born into the family of prominent Bronze Artist Katori Hozuma in Chiba. He was internationally awarded at the Paris Exposition in 1925, the year he graduated The Tokyo University of Fine Arts (a student of Tsuda Shinobu)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1279727 (stock #TCR4754)
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A dark metallic glaze covers this heavy Mizusashi by Miyanaga Tozan decorated with deeply carved grasses and resist decoration of a soaring crane and calligraphy by Muto Sanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo University of Art...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1279517 (stock #MOR4753)
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A mid Edo period carved woodn mask for Shishi-mai festival dance covered in red and black lacquer with gilded teath and eyes in rarely seen good condition. The mask is used with the hand, not worn over the head, the dancer usually hidden beneath a long flowing cape. It is 22 x 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 x 9 inches) excluding the horn and ears. There is an old metal plate nailed over one hinged jaw inside (not visible from outside), where the wood had likely once given way...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1279516 (stock #MOR4752)
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The famous warrior Benkei, Amagozen and a stately samurai are represented by these three traditional Japanese theater puppets dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. The heads (kashira) are made in the manner of traditional Bunraku puppets, hollow wood carved and covered in gofun and paint. The head is manipulated from a handle extending down from the neck, held through an opening in the back of the clothing. With the clothing the overall height is roughly 30 inches (76 cm) tall...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1279515 (stock #MOR4751)
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$370.00
Seasonal vistas hand painted by Mizuta Kenzan decorate this set of five Kashiki sweets trays used typically in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. These would be for dried sweets which are ingested before drinking the thick maccha green tea. Each tray is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) square and in fine condition, wrapped in individual cloth bags and enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Five Views of Mt. Fuji...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1279432 (stock #TCR4747)
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$1,325.00
A classical shape for the sencha tea room by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hyo-gata Kake Kabin. The gourd form is molded from rough sandy clay and covered in ame-iro glaze reminiscent of Ohii-yaki. It is 17 inches (43 cm) long and in fine condition. The box has been chewed on in one corner by a mouse, and the wood has much darkened with age.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1279227 (stock #MOR4746)
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$1,350.00
A tanzaku-ire poem card storage box decorated with a spray of bamboo in gold on shunkei red lacquer designed by Kamisaka Sekka and enclosed in the original wooden box signed by the lacquer artist Iwamura. It is 3 x 15 inches (8 x 38 cm) and is in fine condition.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1279225 (stock #TCR4745)
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A bottle gourd shaped vessel decorated in ukibori style with scrolling peonies and fortuitous symbols by Seifu Yohei enclosed in a double wooden box annotated by the fifth generation. Paperwork enclosed with the vase shows a piece of the same design was exhibited as part of the Matsutake (Shoin) Collection before the second world war. The vase is 17 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall and in fine condition. There is a secondary stamp impressed near the signature I have never seen before on a Seifu work wh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1279008 (stock #TCR4744)
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The seven gods of fortune are depicted in rich gold, vibrant colors and textures on this exceptional set of Kutani Sake Cups from the Kaburagi Studio enclosed in the original compartmentalized wooden box. Each cup is unique, measuring roughly 5.5 cm (2 inches) diameter, 3 cm (1 inch) tall and all are in excellent condition. The Kaburagi studio produced some of the finest wares in Kutani. Founded in 1822, it survives to this day under the same family, now in the 8th generation. These date fro...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1278942 (stock #MOR4742)
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Mother of pearl is inset into the silver powder dusted lattice set between red lacquered pillars forming this art-deco era lacquer vase enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Iwamura Sadao (1912-1944). A brass insert which rests perfectly between the four corners allows for flowers. The strong geometric patterning embodies the Art Deco style so popular in Japan in the 1930s. It is 6-1/4 inches (16cm) square, 15-1/2 inches (39.5 cm) tall and in overall fine condition. The design is simi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1278941 (stock #ANR4741)
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$2,600.00
8 calligraphic paper poetry cards float on clouds of gold and silver flake over delicate flowers blossoming on applied gold. Some of the poem titles are: Autmn Moon in the Old Garden, Faraway Temple Bell at Night, and Evening Lights in the Fishing Village. Exchanges of poetry on these types of cards or on Tanzaku cards is a long esteemed tradition throughout the year in Japan. Often these cards would be kept for generations, and often applied to paneled screens such as this one. The elegant ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1930 item #1278893 (stock #MOR4740)
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$800.00
A superb carving of a folded leaf being explored by a long red centipede. This is a Sago tea scoop for use in the steeped tea of the literati. It is 6 inches (15.5 cm) long and comes in an old cloth bag enclosed in a wooden storage box dating from the early 20th century, and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1278892 (stock #MOR4739)
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Stained Ivory plovers soar over rough seas on all sides of this spectacular anonymous mulberry wood tea box dating from the opening years of the 20th century. It is made to carry a small tea set, whisk, bowl, natsume, fukin, kogo and chashaku etc. There is a mark on the underside of the inner tray by the wood-worker (sashimono-shi) that reads Senshin. The wave patterns follow the style of Shibata Zesshin, one of the most important turn-of-the-century lacquer artisans whose influence on his di...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1275933 (stock #TCR4737)
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The largest piece I have ever seen by Miyanaga Tozan I, a fine baluster form celadon on a superb rosewood stand. It is 21-1/2 inches (55 cm) tall, 15-1/2 inches (40 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. There is a custom made copper insert for use with flower arranging. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately. Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo Unive...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1275931 (stock #ANR4738)
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A huge exhibition screen by Nakamura Masahiko (1897-1964) featuring a gagaku dancer striking a definitive pose before flaming phoenix on a background of mirror image five storied pagodas. Pigment on silk in a red lacquered wooden frame typical of the era. It is similar in content to his 1927 submission to the Nitten National Exhibition, and can be associated with that time. Each panel is 94.5 x 233 cm (37 x 92 inches) and it is in overall fine condition, with typical marks from handling and a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1275929 (stock #TCR4737)
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An exquisitely formed Koro incense burner of a young oxherd astride his beast in raw clay and celadon glaze by Miyanaga Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1925. The childs face is filled with serenity and wonder, as if he is looking up at the moon rising on a spring afternoon. Every detail is superb. It is 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) long and in excellent condition. Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa ...