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.
In accordance with the requests of local authorities our Kyoto gallery will be closed to visitors from April 14th until further notice.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1430767 (stock #MOR7966)
The Kura
$450.00
Temari style balls in gold and silver maki-e with mother of pearl decorate the black lacquered surface of this small Kobon Incense Tray enclosed in the original kiri-wood box bearing the yaki-in brand of Zohiko, the preeminent lacquer studio in Kyoto. It is 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm) and is in excellent condition. The Zohiko studio was founded in 1661, and is still in operation today.
Zōhiko is a leading Kyoto lacquerware establishment boasting an epic history. The company was establis...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1900 item #1430766 (stock #MOR7965)
The Kura
$480.00
A sage in robes decorated with peonies and dragons with his signature voluminous hat accompanied by a boy carrying a bundle of books is out for a stroll on the intricately carved surface of this antique bamboo incense container with wooden bung and black lacquered plug dating from 19th century Japan. There is a small silver ring now filled with a wooden plug where once a chord would have been attached for carrying on a belt or sash. It is 31.5 cm (12-1/2 inches) long, 3 cm (over 1 inch) diamet...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1430741 (stock #MOR7964)
The Kura
$900.00
Sale Pending
An Egoro censor of gilt copper with hinged cover pierced with chrysanthemum motif over a bowl incised with the pattern of lotus petals attached to a long handle reminiscent of a nyoi (ruyi) scepter. It is 31 cm long and in overall fine condition dating from the 19th century. In Japanese Buddhist rituals, the Egoro, or long-handled censer, signifies the authority of the celebrant. During a ritual it is placed in front of the icon of the divinity, and the fragrant smoke of the incense is believe...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1430718 (stock #MOR7963)
The Kura
$1,350.00
Sale Pending
A heavy eyed Shishi lies listless on his favorite toy, a large ball, forming the lid and basin for this 19th century bronze censor. It is well executed, the recumbent figure somewhat quashed in a style popular from the later days of the Edo into the early Meiji (mid 19th century). Roughly 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, a single hole allows smoke to drift out through the groggy creatures ear. A pair of shishi traditionally stand guard outside the gates of Japanese Shinto shrines and Buddhist templ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1430687 (stock #MOR7962)
The Kura
$1,500.00
Sale Pending
A Fence of applied gold squares screens off the view deeper into a garden draped in cherry blossoms and fresh weeping willow branches on this small 19th century box made for carrying incense. It is Nashiji within, the outside decorated with the wrap-around garden scene in various shades of applied gold on ro-iro black. Stunning work showing the height of Meiji craftsmanship. It is 6.2 x 7.5 x 2.3 cm (2-1/2 x 3 x 1 inches) and is in excellent condition, enclosed in a period wooden box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1430662 (stock #TCR7961)
The Kura
$950.00
Sale Pending
A set of five exquisite Sencha Tea Cups of crackle-glazed pottery covered outside with black lacquer decorated with golden plum blossoms. Each bears an impressed seal in the base reading Toyosuke from the Nagoya studio of Toyoraku (also read Horaku) dating from the later 19th century. Inside each cup is a stylized single plum blossom. This set is exceptional! It is enclosed in a custom made wooden box. Each is 6.2 cm (2-1/2 inches) diameter, 4.8 cm (2 inches) tall and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1430630 (stock #TCR7960)
The Kura
Sold, with thanks!
Orchids are engraved into the sides of these elegant pale tea cups by Kato Keizan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ivory-Porcelain Tea Cups Carved with Orchids. Stylistically they appear to be based on Song Dynasty Chinese models. Exquisite, Delicate, a pleasure to hold and drink from. They are 8.2 cm (3-1/4 inches) diameter, 6 cm (2-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. This type of Sinophile work was very popular throughout the Meiji and Taisho periods, and Sencha...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1430629 (stock #TCR7959)
The Kura
$795.00
Sale Pending
A Hina Chick in crackled Kyoto glaze with gold wave patterns made to contain incense stamped on the base Sozan in an oval ring (Suwa Sozan I). It is 3 x 3 x 2-1/2 inches (7.5 x 7.5 x 6 cm) and is in excellent condition. It ocmes enclosed in a period wooden box titled Sozan Ninsei Utsushi Kogo.
Suwa 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 To...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1430578 (stock #TCR7956)
The Kura
$1,950.00
A delicate small porcelain vase decorated with peony blossoms in a subdued wine-color among vivid blue leaves with white blossoms in over-glaze enamel and iron branches by Miyagawa Kozan signed on the base in a chattered ring typical of the second generation (Hanzan). It is 18.5 cm (7-1/4 inches) diameter, 16 cm (6-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition, enclosed in an old wooden box.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1430577 (stock #TCR7957)
The Kura
$1,300.00
Sale Pending
A Small fluted celadon koro with floral shaped finial by Miyagawa Kozan with impressed artists seal inside the foot-ring. It is 10 cm (4 inches) diameter, 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent 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 know it today was established in Yokohama...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1430554 (stock #MOR7958)
The Kura
$750.00
Plovers soar over deftly brushed rolling waves on this exquisite lacquer box from the preeminent lacquer studio in Kyoto Heian Zohiko, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Inside the lid is covered in powdered silver with additional birds in gold. It is 20 x 20 x 12 cm (8 x 8 x 4-1/2 inches) and is in overall excellent condition. Zohiko is one of the oldest and most prominent lacquer studios in Kyoto founded in the early 18th century. This was made under the visage of the 7th or 8th h...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1430492 (stock #TCR7955)
The Kura
$1,600.00
Sale Pending
An unusual Incense burner in the shape of a roaring Shishi Lion perched upon a circular dais on a four legged square diaper by Miura Chikusen III (active 1920-1931) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shishi Koro. The sculpted incense burner is covered in green glaze upon which has been applied genuine gold based upon Chinese taste. The Shishi himself is a chimney, as well holes in the four corners allow the smoke to escape. It is signed on the base in a frame of archaic square k...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1430343 (stock #TCR7954)
The Kura
$900.00
Sale Pending
Intricate, subtle, delicate, elegant; all words which could be applied to this set of ten dishes decorated with flowers in raised reliefby Takahashi Seizan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gyokude Kusabana Kameko-gata Sara (Tortoise Shell Shaped Dishes decorated with Flowers and Grass in Pearl-slip) Pale white slip has been applied in thick, sculpted patterns to a cream surface, sweeping sides peaked with gold rims. Each plate is 22 cm (9 inches) wide, 5 cm (2 inches) tall. Th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1430342 (stock #TCR7953)
The Kura
$395.00
Sale Pending
Vibrant colors decorate the deeply carved set of Tokkuri by Eiraku Zengoro dating from the Mieji to Taisho period (late 19th to early 20th centuries). Each is 13 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and both are in excellent condition, signed on bottom Dai Nippon Eiraku Zo and enclosed in a custom made kiri-wood collectors’ box. The mouth is lined with genuine silver.
The Eiraku family is one of Japan’s most important and historically significant lines of pottery artists in Kyoto, tracing back to...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1430248 (stock #TCR7952)
The Kura
$1,800.00
Sale Pending
A rooster and hen in brilliant plumage, one a Koro incense burner and the other a Kogo incense case by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box. The hen is made to contain incense cones, while the cock sits over top of a small basin for burning the incense, his back pierced to allow the fragrant wisps of smoke to escape. Both birds are 7 inches (17.5 cm) long, the cockerel 5 inches (13 cm) tall, and in excellent condition. This is strongly reminisce...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1430143 (stock #MOR7950)
The Kura
$3,500.00
An exquisite large bronze figure of a Tenpyo-Bijin young woman adorned in prototypical Nara era (8th century) garb clutching a precious Biwa (lute) by Kondo Shoshin. The youthful beauty, slender as a sapling, looks bashfully down, perhaps as she enters the teachers pavilion for the days lesson, or steps before the crowd for her first performance. It is 64 cm (25 inches) tall, weighing 15 kg (33 pounds) and in excellent condition.
Kondo Shoshin (also known as Seiho) was born son of Kondo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1430142 (stock #MOR7949)
The Kura
$2,000.00
Sale Pending
A pair of unorthodox Edo period guardian corbels in the shape of mythical lion-like creatures (Shishi) made to be notched into a corner under the eaves of Shinto and Buddhist temples to ward off evil spirits. Ordinarily just the heads are carved, these are unusual in that their fore-paws have also been depicted, granting a greater sense of movement than most. Carved Hinoki (cypress), they are 30 x 18 x 20 cm (12 x 7 x 8 inches) each and in overall fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1430141 (stock #MOR7948)
The Kura
$1,350.00
Sale Pending
A shu-iro red lacquered sign in the shape of a tea jar dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. A long verse has been carved into the surface before lacquering. The back is bound with cloth and lacquered black. The sign is 16 x 20 inches (41 x 50 cm). There are minor chips typical of age, but is in overall very good condition. For an excellent delve into the distinctive fusion of art, design and commerce of antique Japanese signage see the book Kanban (2017, Mingei Museum, Alan Scot...