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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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1400452 (stock #TCR6922)
The Kura
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A refined set of 5 later Edo Sake cups in a hybrid E-gorai style from the Kosobe kiln of Igarashi Shinbei decorated with pale blue designs (gnarled plum trees?) under thick cream colored glaze on very thinly potted clay blended with shiseki for great effect. This is likely the work of the second or third generation Shinbei, both known for their Korai-Utsushi (Korean style) wares. Each cup is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter. They are in surprisingly good condition, with no cracks. There are a ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1401496 (stock #TCR6944)
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A Bizen pottery incense burner by important 20th century artist Nishimura Shunko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Nemureru Shishi Koro. Very much in this famous artist style, the recumbent creature appears squat, all features elongated, while a cub riding on its back serves as the lid for the incense chamber. It is signed on the base Shunko-saku and bears his double mountain mark. The mark is visible in the 1927 booklet Bizen Toko (copies included) The koro is 7 inches (...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1408011 (stock #TCR6977)
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A very unusual vase by Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box showing decidedly Art Nouveau styling. It is 20 x 8 x 32 cm (8 x 3 x 12-1/2 inches) and is 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 Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for the imperial t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1408552 (stock #TCR6981)
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A fabulous large porcelain vase by Daimaru Hoppo (Hokuho) enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box complete with a rosewood base. The vase is a perfect example of the Sinophile aesthetic that permeated Japanese art in the early 20th century. The simplified form rises from to frets decorated with stylized cicada under a belt of archaic figures and yotsu-domoe (yin-yang) symbols. It is 14 inches (35 cm) tall plus the base and is in excellent condition.
Hoppo (also...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1408607 (stock #TCR6982)
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A superb example of the mastery of Bizen Saiku-mono sculptures by Nishimura Shunko dating to the pre-war era. The musculature and bone structure of the creature is clearly visible, and it wears a cloak of ash glaze like fur, the tail actually covered in dry “goma” textured ash, and the lower extremities showing a fine assortment of Hi-iro flame colors on the raw clay. Stylistically there appears to be some influence of the pottery technique of Okinawan Shisa (lions). This is very likely, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1408935 (stock #TCR6988)
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Dark Iron glaze covers this grinning bull with a pierced silver farmers hat resting on his back covering the silver rimmed chamber for burning incense. It comes enclosed in a custom made collectors Kiri-wood box titled Ko-Seto Ushi Koro. It is roughly 9 x 5 x 4 inches (22 x 12 x 10 cm) and is in fine condition dating likely from the mid 19th century (Bakumatsu era).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1408940 (stock #L079)
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The golden orb shines out like the light of Buddhism from between the dark clouds on this exquisite 19th century image by Wada Gozan, priest of Jinko-in Temple. Ink and gold-pigment on silk in a patterned silk border with wood rollers in a period kiri-wood box titled Tsuki no ga Yokomono Ippuku (1 wide painting of moon) Wada Gozan koto (of Wada Gozan), annotated by Kuten. It is 25 x 48-1/2 inches (63.5 x 123.5 cm) and is in overall fine condition, with a minor wrinkle in the lower border. Wa...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1409038 (stock #TCR6989)
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A rare bowl by Ninnami Dohachi from the Sangama kiln dating from the later Edo period wrapped in a silk pouch and enclosed in a fine custom made Kiri-wood collectors box. Deeply impressed into the base is the six sided Sangama kiln mark. It is 5-1/2 x 5 x 3 inches (13 x 12.5 x 9 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Ninnami Dohachi II and his son (the future Dohachi III) were invited by the local lord Matsudaira to produce pottery at the Sangama kiln in Sanuki Kuni on the island of Shikoku...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1411801 (stock #ANR7004)
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The village headman aims his arrows at the moon to dispel the evil brought on by a solar eclipse, the village women in the background standing in prayer. This scene was painted by Higuchi Tomimaro for show at the Seikosha Exhibition held in Osaka in 1938. It is an excellent look into the world of the Ainu, a native culture to Northern Japan now lost to history. He has done a wonderful job conveying the texture of the clothing, and hidden behind the grayish background is textures of floral lif...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1412482 (stock #TCR7009)
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A crab crawls among the awa plants burgeoning with seed on the side of this Kyo-yaki vessel by Takahashi Dohachi with the painting performed by Itsuun which appears to be dated 1836 in the 60 year lunar cycle. It comes enclosed in a period wooden box annotated by Dohachi VI. It is 10-3/4 inches (27 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The box inscription reads: Itsuun Kani Ga (Image of Crab by Itsuun) Sendai Dohachi Zo Kabin (Vase made by previous generation Dohachi) and inside: Kachutei Roku...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1412657 (stock #TCR7013)
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A spectacular pair of vases by Ito Tozan I decorated with the imperial chrysanthemum in gold between soaring phoenix; symbols of the Japanese imperial family. Both come in the original (tired) silk pouch in a compartmentalized wooden box signed by the artist. Each is roughly 6 inches tall and in excellent condition, dating from the late 19th to early 20th century (later Meiji to Taisho period).
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Tog...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1412766 (stock #MOR7016)
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The great Tang Poet Du Fu (712-770) affectionately coddles a goose chick in his left hand, his bamboo staff low and seemingly forgotten as he ponders the beloved creature in his palm. Exquisitely rendered, it is roughly 16 inches (40 cm) tall and signed on back with an engraved signature. Du Fu's poetry has made a profound impact on Japanese literature, especially on the literature from the Muromachi period and on scholars and poets in the Edo period, including Matsuo Basho, the very greatest ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1414281 (stock #TCR7024)
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Made for Kaiseki (tradtional Japanese food service), this is a unique set of ten antique handmade dishes in the shape of bells, the hollow pierced lids jingling with a ball inside when removed. Outside the dark red clay is covered with a smattering of ash glaze, inside is a crisp pale glaze, a pleasure for the eyes and great for offsetting the colorful small tidbits of food in a traditional Kaiseki meal. The jingling of the bell inside the lid equal to the joy of opening it to reveal the hidde...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1414399 (stock #TCR7030)
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An exquisite vase in flambe red tinged with deep lavender by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koto Beni Ichirinsashi (Flambe Bean Red Single flower vessel). The form is both elegant and understated, a trademark of the Japanese aesthetic, while harkening back to Sino-roots. It is 9-1/2 inches (24.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyoto’s Gojozaka district throughout the...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1414446 (stock #L151)
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Scratches of ink form a precipitous landscape of jagged mountains on the paper surface of this scroll performed by Fujii Tatsukichi enclosed in a wooden box titled: Painted by the elder Tatsu, One Scroll, Mountain, Annotated by Eichi. It is framed in a silk border terminating in black lacquered rollers. It is 13-1/2 x 59 inches (34 x 149 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Kato Eichi (1899-1987) was a potter from Seto who trained under Tatsukichi. Several pieces by him formerly in the col...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1414484 (stock #TCR7033)
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A fabulous large Mingei Tokkuri from the Satsuma region in the shape of an eggplant, glazed in black with crystalline blue about the neck over iron rich glazed clay. Likely from the Hirasa kilns, one of the great Satsuma production centers on the southern Island of Kyushu, 18th to early 19th century. It is 24 cm (10 inches) tall and in overall excellent condition, enclosed in a kiri-wood collectors’ box.
The history of Satsuma ware goes back to the 16th century when Japan fought in the...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1414623 (stock #TCR7040)
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Golden bamboo spreads its leaf laden branches about the rim of this aka-e Kinsai bowl by Kyoto potter Takahashi Seizan and decorated by the famous painter Hashimoto Kansetsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) square and in excellent condition. This is from the personal collection of painter Konoshima Keika (1892-1974). We will be offering more from his household in the near future.
Born into the family of literatus and painter Hashimoto Kaikan in Hyo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1414624 (stock #AOR7041)
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A pair of small gold doors depicting Asian Civets (Jakoneko) in a flower strewn garden dating from the early to mid Edo period (17th to 18th century) reminiscent of the famous pair of screens heralding the same image by Kano Yukinobu (Utanosuke, active Muromachi period). The handmade bronze handles are in the shape of hollyhock leaves, intimating connection to the Tokugawa clan, head of the Shogunate. The painted panels are 45 x 28 cm each (17-1/2 x 11 inches), the doors roughly 48.5 x 32 cm (...