The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Silver designs are inlayed into the surface of this mid-century bronze by Honbo Keisen enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 29 cm (11-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition. It is signed in a silver cartouche on the base. Honbo Keisen (1910-1987) was born in Takaoka City, one of the main production centers of Bronze in Japan. Work by him is held in the Takaoka Municiap Museum.
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A large abstract image of a yellow crested bird by Takama Soshichi dated 1957. Oil on canvas in a simple raw wood storage frame, it is 18 x 24 inches (46 x 61 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Takama Soshichi (1889-1974) was born in Tokyo, and attended the Tokyo University of Art. From the Taisho to early Showa he exhibited with the Bunten and Teiten. In 1924 he, along with Makino Torao, Kumaoka Yoshihiko, Okubo Sajiro, Saito Yori, and Tanabe Itaru, established Kaijusha, which held exhibitions annually until 1931 with a focus on Fauvism, cubism and pleinairism. In 1932, Takama, Saito and Kumaoka established Tokokai (The Eastern Light Society) which is holding its 83rd exhibition in 2017. Throughout the pre-war years he was consistently exhibited at the Nitten. Post war he became a member of the Dokurtsu Bjutsu Kyokai, and continued to exhibit with the Nitten. His work “Sakuhin 1” (1962) is held in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo.
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A congregation of Black Crowned Night Herons blossom like fruit among the pastel leaves on this two panel screen by Ikegami Shuho dating from late in his life. These gray tones and the overall style are indicative of his most mature style, the late 1930s to 1940s. Pigment on paper, it is signed and sealed in the lower right corner, with a “Tomoshiru” label on back which is titled Sagi no Gun (Group of Egrets) and is also signed and stamped by the artist. The screen is 141 x 152 cm (55 inches by 5 feet) and has been completely restored without over-painting.
Ikegami Shuho (1874-1944) was born the son of Nihonga painter Ikegami Shuuka in Nagano Prefecture, given name Kunisaburo. He studied under Araki Kanpo (1831–1915) in Tokyo and began to show his work at the annual Miya-ten National exhibition (Bunten, Teiten) from its inception in 1908 until his death, winning prizes in 1914, 1916 and 1917. He would later serve as a juror at that prestigious event. He excelled in both landscapes and Kacho-ga (bird and flower painting) and was immensely popular during his lifetime.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1465416 (stock #MOR5283)
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A fabulous hand formed bronze vase with Uchidashi Namazu (hammer-formed catfish) breaking the surface of the water, the grinning bulbous head on one side, the tale swishing out opposite. It has a solid silver rim and gold eyes. Beneath the dark patination lies a deep golden glow. Everything about this is absolute quality. It is 8 inches (20.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition dating from the first half of the 20th century.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1465323 (stock #MOR8465)
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A carving of Kagekiyo leaning sleepy on his staff by Hata Shokichi dated on bottom 1942. It is 29 inches (74 cm) tall and in fine condition, signed on the base. This is the same image as the relief he submitted to the 6th Shin-Bunten National Exhibition in 1941 which is visible on page 333 (figure 171) of the Nittenshi.
The Noh play is quite unique and the mask for Kagekiyo is singular to this play. The renowned Heike warrior Kagekiyo has been exiled to the province of Hyûga and is now a blind old beggar. His daughter journeys from Kamakura to find him and by chance comes to his desolate hut to ask directions. Ashamed of his wretchedness, he sends her away without revealing himself. A villager brings her back and father and daughter are moved to tears at their reunion. Kagekiyo consents to tell of his exploits in battle but resolves that she must return home. After the narration of his exploits the daughter leaves her father forever.
Hata Shokichi (1882-1966) was born in the bronze sculpting and casting center of Takaoka in Toyama prefecture. He graduated the Tokyo University of Art in 1906. The following year he was sent as an overseas business trainee of the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce for three years study in France and became the first Japanese sculptor admitted to the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (National School of Fine Arts) where he studied sculpture. After returning he was accepted into the Bunten in 1911. He accepted a position as a professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (present Tokyo University of the Arts) in 1913. He was awarded at the 7th Bunten in 1915, and exhibited annually until the Bunten ended (with the birth of the Teiten) in 1920. That same year he would be sent for a year to America. Upon returning he would be appointed a teaching position at the Tokyo Koto Kogei Gako (Tokyo Higher School of Arts & Technology; present Chiba University), where he would remain until 1941. At the same time his unique talent for advanced sculpting of thin molds had him placed with the Japanese Mint creating coins, commemorative medals and awards and reliefs as a non-regular employee throughout the 30s and 40s. Post war, in an effort to stave off obliteration of the art from post-war malaise he would concentrate almost exclusively on depictions of the Noh Theater
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1465226 (stock #AOR8463)
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Dusk puddles and drips among the thick textures of this mid-century oil by Yamada Eiji titled on back “Mori” (Forest). Oil on canvas, it is 18 x 24 inches (46 x 61 cm) and is in excellent condition, wrapped in a simple raw wood storage frame.
Yamada Eiji (1912-1985) was born in Fukuoka on the Southern main island of Kyushu and was accepted into the Nikkakai Ten exhibition in 1933 for the first time. The following year he was also accepted into the Dokuritsu Tenrankai for unaffiliated artists. He was awarded the Dokuritsu Sho Prize there in 1938. From 1953 to 1957 he lived and studied in Paris. Upon returning to Japan his entry into the Dokuritsu-ten won Special acclaim, and he began exhibiting more widely. In 1973 he once again went to France, where he also began holding exhibitions which would continue to his death in ’85. In 1986 a posthumous exhibition of his life work was held at the Fukuoka Municipal Museum.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1465145 (stock #AOR8462)
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A panoramic landscape of dark trees and intimated sunset by Imai Morihiko wrapped in the original 1950s silver painted wooden frame. Pigment on paper it is 49 x 91 cm (19-1/4 inches by 3 feet) plus the frame width. There are minor losses to the finish on the frame. The painting is in excellent condition.
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Imai Morihiko (1923-2013) was born in Kobe and raised in Kyoto where he attended the Municipal Arts and Crafts School, graduating advanced studies at the Municipal School of Painting (mod. Kyoto University of Fine Arts) in 1943. That same year he was accepted into the Bunten (mod. Nitten) where he would often exhibit. For a period he would remain at the school in a research position. He took a place in the atelier of Yamaguchi Kayo in 1955, and would exhibit with his Shinchosha as well. He took the Nishunten Prize at the 6th Nishunten in 1971, and was again awarded there at the 9th exhibition in 1974. He earned merit at the 1977 Nitten and was awarded at both the Nitten and Nishunten in 1980, and again at the Nitten in 1981. His work is held in the collection of the Chisoku Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto and Fukui Prefectural Museum among others.
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A catfish in bronze by Kome Jiichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the mid Showa era. The slippery creature is 30.5 cm (12 inches) long and in excellent condition, signed with an incised signature beneath. Kome Jiichi (1896-1985) He was born in Toyama prefecture, on of the traditional homes of bronze work in Japan. He graduated from Tokyo School of Fine Arts studied under Takamura Kouun. Exhibiting with the Bunten National exhibition, he was awarded there in 1942. He received The Order of the Rising Sun, one of hte highest honors for a civilian in Japan, in 1971 for his life work.
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A mid century life-sized sculpture of a standing female by Hiroma Hiroshi exhibited at the 9th Nitten National Exhibition in 1953 titled Omou (Ponder or Reminisce) visible in the Nittenshi Volume 17 page 454 figure 156. Signed on the base, she is 62 inches (157 cm) tall excluding the additional base. There is a mar on the thigh of the left leg (see photographs for details with a small split in the right buttock and overall rubbing marks from handling. Interestingly, we see the evolution of the view of women through this sculpture over time, here, in a chaotic and energetic world of rebuilding all that was destroyed just a few years before, the woman is confident, athletic, unabashed and confident, a far cry from the feminine images of pre-war Japan. Her hair is cut in a modern bob, and she may have been termed at the time Moga (modern Girl).
Hiroma Hiroshi was born in Tokyo in 1916. In 1939 while in his third year at the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (Mod. University of Fine Art) his sculpture was accepted into the 3rd Shin Bunten National Exhibition. The following year his graduation project was awarded the Masaki Kinen Prize, and he was awarded the Choso-in Prize at the Toho Choso-in Exhibition. He then was selected to study under Kitamura Seibo, possibly the top sculptor in Japan at the time. Post war he exhibited consistently with the Nitten. His works were uniquely of his own reflection, and looked at roles and models in a new way, creating images of confident, independent and progressive female figures. Originally devoted to wood sculpture, he would steadily move to bronze casting later. He received Tokusen at the 3rd Nitten in 1947, and his submission with the 5th Nitten titled “Kibo” (Hope) was purchased by the government. His image of a woman titled “Mugen” (Limitless) was awarded at the 6th Nitten (currently held in the collection of the Katsushika Bunka Kaikan Cultural Hall in Tokyo), and his submission to the 7th Nitten titled “Ashita” (Tomorrow) was also awarded. He served as a judge for the sculpture department at the 8th Nitten. He was later awarded the Mombu Daijin Sho (Governors prize) at the 1964 Nitten for his work “Taiki” (atmosphere), and in 1970 received the Nihon Geijutsu-In prize for his work “Sora” (Sky). He passed away in 1984. For fans of his work, Taiki is visible in Mizumoto Park in Tokyo. The Takasagochiku Center features a statue titled “In” (Rhyme). His work is also represented in front of the City Offices of Katsushika-Ku with a large bronze titled “Yakushin” (Leap Forward) and “Shitau” (Thought) can be seen in front of the Kanamachichiku Center as well as a sculpture of a mother and children in Komaba Park in Meguro, Tokyo.
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Stylistically a superb example for the era, a young woman rises in relief from the monochromatic surface of this long vessel by influential avant-garde artist Fujihira Shin enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the post-war years, likely early 1950s. It is 15 inches (38 cm) tall, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Fujihira Shin (1922-2012) was born into the family of a ceramics dealer in Kyoto, raised among the pots, and attended the Art University, however, in his second year would lose four years of his life to battling illness. This life and death struggle would make him a strong character, coming forth from then on in his works. He would come to the National Scene first upon receiving the Hokutosho prize at the Nitten National Exhibition in 1958. This brought him to the forefront of the ceramics scene. He was awarded the JCS (Japan Ceramic Society) award in 1973. During his career works by him were often selected to represent Japan and it’s arts overseas, in Europe, and the Americas. He was awarded the order of cultural merit in 1991 by Kyoto prefecture. In 1993 the Mainichi Ceramics Prize. In 1996 Kyoto prefectural order of cultural merit and in 1998 received the Japan Ceramic Society Gold Prize, one of the highest honors for a Japanese potter. Held in the collections of the V&A, National Museum in Warsaw, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo has more than a dozen pieces, only to be outdone by Kyoto which has more than 20 pieces. For more see “Japaese Ceramics Today Part 1” 2003.
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An unusual mid-century Kaki (flower receptacle) in the shape of a blunted horn in black lacquer and eggshell by Kawai Masazo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Perfectly representative of the era, it is 44 cm (17 inches) long. There are some surface scratches typical of use.
Kawai Masazo was born in Osaka in 1928, graduating the Osaka Municipal School of Art and Design. In 1948, at just 20 years old, he was awarded the Mayors Prize at the Osaka Art Exhibition. In 1950 he was first accepted into the Nitten. He would relocate to Tokyo and continue to exhibit and be often awarded at the Nitten, including the Hokutosho in 1963 and 64 and would eventually serve as a juror there. He would also exhibit with the Gendai Kogeiten National Modern Crafts Exhibition where he would also garner several prizes and serve on the committee.
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A dry Lacquer Yellow Vase by Izumi Atsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kanshitsu Kaki (Dry Lacquer Vase). This piece is a quintessential example of the mid-century design aesthetic that swept postwar Japan in the 1950s, a period quite unique unto itself. The vase is made in a free-flowing form without a solid core, a labor intensive process in which the shape is rendered from cloth, paper, lacquer and tonoko. This vase is 27 cm (11 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Izumi Atsuhiko (1915-2005) was trained in the plastic arts under the legendary Rokkaku Shisui.
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Mother of pearl blossoms and rich colored carved lacquer flowers decorate this distinctive mid-century lacquer box by Izumi Atsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nuriki Tachiaoi Tebako (Lacquerd box with Hollyhock) and dated Showa 29 (1954). The edges between lid and box are protected by bands of solid silver. It is 30.5 x 22.5 x 13 cm (12 x 9 x 5 inches) and is in overall excellent condition. Both pieces of lacquer are signed. Izumi Atsuhiko (1915-2005) learned the art of lacquer under legendary artist Rokkaku Shisui.
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An exemplary image of a reclining stag by Hori Masaharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shika Okimono (Deer sculpture) dating from the early to mid Showa era. The features pay tribute to the flow of Nouveau and the clean lines of art Deco, both of which have their roots in Japanese design, as well as the depictive style of the Rimpa revivalists all of which had a profound impact on Japanese art of the early to mid 20th century. The artists signature is incised into the bottom. It is roughly 30 cm (12 inches) long and in excellent condition.
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Murashido Bronze Vase by Yoshida Eiji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A multitude of muted colors play across the surface, showing the mastery of the artist and his finishing techniques. It is 27.5 cm (11 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Yoshida Eiji was born in 1912, and learned metal craft under the important 20th century sculptor Kitamura Seibo at the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (mod Tokyo University of art). He exhibited with the Teikoku Bijutsu Ten and Nitten consistently.
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A large ceramic sculpture by Ito Tadayoshi titled London no Onna (Woman from London). The naïve young figure sits in deep contemplation on a square plinth, head cocked to one side, lost in her own thoughts. The figure is 54 cm (21-1/4 inches) tall, 15.5 x 19 cm (6-1/4 x 7-1/2) across the base. This is published in the book “Chokoku-ka Ito Tadayoshi” published 1992 (a copy is included with the piece). Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Ito Tadayoshi was born in Yokaichi, Mie prefecture, in 1919. At the age of 11 his mother passed away and he came of age during the difficulties of the second world war. In 1946 he was first accepted into the Nitten National Exhibition. From then on he exhibited often with the Chunichi Art Exhibition, and from 1954 also exhibited with the Salon de Juin in Tokyo. He moved to Brazil in 1957, where he was based until 1970, returning to Japan after touring Western Europe and North America. While in Brazil he participated several times in the Bienal de Sao Paulo, among others. He died in Toyoda City, Aichi prefecture in 1993.
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A modernist sculpture in bronze on a wooden base by pioneering female artist Katsura Yuki (also Yukiko 1913-1991). The humorous figure is reminiscent of the works of Okamoto Taro and Akutagawa Saori, another pioneering female artist from Japan who lived in New York around the same time as Yuki. The image is 10 inches (26 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Katsura Yuki (1913-1991) was a Japanese artist whose career spanned from the prewar to the postwar eras. She was enrolled in a girl’s school in 1926, during which time she studied traditional Japanese painting (Nihonga) under Ikegami Shuho. However, after graduation she moved into oil painting. Still, dissatisfied with academic modes of painterly study, she began to attend the Avant-garde Western Painting Research Institute led by Seiji Togo and Tsuguharu Foujita from 1933. She held her first solo exhibition in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1935, with a focus on collage and abstraction and characterization. This was an extreme rarity for a female artist at the time. She fell in with the Nikakai in 1938, where she would interact with post-war giants Takeo Yamaguchi and Yoshihara Jiro. Post-war, She worked as an illustrator while continuing along the narrative path her art had taken. After sojourns in Europe and Africa, she moved to New York in 1958. In 1966 after returning to Japan, Katsura received the Highest Award at the “7th Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition. During her six-decade career, Katsura did not conform to one particular artistic genre or style, instead employing a variety of approaches including painting, mixed media collage, and caricature to depict a range of subjects using folkloric allegory, religious iconography, realism, and experiments into abstraction. Constantly paving the path towards a new means of expression through employing techniques of collage. Katsura engaged with subjects that responded to critical socio-political events in mid-century Japan, such as societal expectations for Japanese women, the militarization of Japan, the post-war occupation, the rise of nuclear power, and gender equality. Her diverse approaches, engagement with critical issues, and adherence to personal autonomy gained her critical acclaim; she has been called a "pioneer among women artists,"and is considered influential to the genesis of the Japanese avant-garde before and after the Asia Pacific War. Work by her is held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, The Ohara Museum of Art, The Itabashi Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and the Yokohama Museum of Art among others.
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A set of six anonymous colored lacquer trays decorated with rock garden imagery in lead, mother of pearl and raised lacquer techniques. Each tray is roughly 48 x 27.5 cm (19 x 11 inches) and all are entirely unique, with different colors and designs and in overall excellent condition. Each comes wrapped in a faded blue cloth pouch.