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 : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1437083 (stock #MOR6529)
The Kura
$1,250.00
A set of three polished mulberry stacking trays decorated with lacquered florals in gold appliqué and gofun signed and stamped by Kamizaka Sekka, Imao Keinen and Takeuchi Seiho and enclosed in the original wooden storage box. All three served as Professors at the Kyoto School of Painting (mod. Municipal University of Fine Art). The trays are 16 x 11 x 2 inches (40 x 28 x 5 cm) to 13 x 9 x 1-1/2 inches (33 x 23 x 6 cm) and are in overall fine condition, but for some separation at the base due ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1436804 (stock #MOR8047)
The Kura
$300.00
A small wooden case covered in tame-nuri lacquer decorated with a branch of bamboo by Kamisaka Sekka bound with the original yellow chord and enclosed in the original wooden box. In combination with a few other works we are currently offering by Sekka, this would be an interesting look into his world of design. This is 38 x 7.5 cm (15 x 3-1/4 inches). It has been well used, with a seperation of the joint in the corner and wear to the surface. See close-up photos.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1436771 (stock #AOR6758)
The Kura
$800.00
Pines in rich pigments march down the page on this card by Kamisaka Sekka painted over silk gilded with genuine gold. It is 9-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches (24 x 27 cm). There are marks around the edges typical of handling.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings. From 1882 he began his artistic career, however did not take-off until visiting the Paris Expo in 1901, where he was exposed t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #1436768 (stock #MOR6954)
The Kura
$900.00
Sale Pending
Two silk Fukusa wrapping cloths designed and or hand painted by Kamisaka Sekka enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the Taisho period. The first is an emboridered wrapping cloth with patterns of flowers and grasses designed by Sekka, 13 x 14 inches (33 x 35.5 cm) in excellent condition complete with red cloth obi. For an identical piece see Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master - Pioneer of Modern Design by Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art 2003 p. 103 fig 23. The second is white s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1436767 (stock #AOR8046)
The Kura
Sold, with thanks!
This Toba-e E-maki appears to be a 19th century Gi-ga follower of the later 18th to early 19th century Osaka "Manga-ka" Nichosai (Matsudaira Heisaburo). His humorous images of Hell were quite popular, known as Kakuyu painting. Overall the genre has many names, Gi-ga being all encompassing, Toba-e being descriptive of this particular style, and Kakuyu-fu being the style of Nichosai. It ends with a simple stamp which reads Fish (Gyo/Sakana). It is 11 by 174 inches (28 x 442 cm). Very interes...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1436714 (stock #TCR8045)
The Kura
$650.00
Sale Pending
A matching set of 5 large and 5 small lidded bowls decorated with broad leafed plants by Imperial Art Academy artist Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes. The leaf appears to be Fuki (Butterbur), a plant harvested for its edible stalk. The basic setting in Japanese food is Ichiju-Sansai or one soup, three dishes. So instead of mixing everything on one plate, each part of the meal is given its own dish. Much Japanese food is still served fresh, and so the four seasons are a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1436713 (stock #TCR8044)
The Kura
$2,000.00
Sale Pending
Floral patterns are engraved into the white glazed body of this koro incense burner capped with a silver rimmed pierced lid by Seifu Yohei V enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Born into the 5th generation of the illustrious Seifu family Seifu Yohei V (1921-1990) was handed the reins upon his father’s illness and death in the wake of the Japanese capitulation ending World War II. He was just 25 years old, trained...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1436670 (stock #MOR8043)
The Kura
$2,500.00
Two ferocious Shishi Lions in taka-maki-e prowl across the powdered gold ground on this Suzuri-bako writing box dating from the 19th century. Very unusual, they have glass eyes embedded into the lacquered wood surface. The hair rises in thick dark coils around the golden bodies, and the distance is polished black. Within a wandering saint leans against his staff wrapped in silver robes in togidashi-maki-e with a golden bundle at his feet. The box is 23 x 25.5 x 5 cm (9 x 10 x 2 inches). It ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1436669 (stock #ANR8042)
The Kura
$3,500.00
An ancient pine faces off with a cluster of bamboo on this pair of gold screens dating from the early 20th century. Ink on applied gold foil, they feature matching antique cloth borders and black lacquered wooden frames. Each screen is 378 x 175.5 cm (149 x 69 inches) and in overall in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1436602 (stock #TCR6880)
The Kura
$900.00
A rare work by Hatta Sogaku decorated with raised goldfish among water plants stamped on the base and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The round form rises and swirls into a slightly fluted six sided rim. It is 30.5 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition, containing a (removable) brass liner. Hatta Sogaku (active in the early 20th century) was an artist from Kanazawa (Kutani region) trained under Suwa Sozan (from whom he takes his first character) who often studied and trav...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1436601 (stock #TCR8041)
The Kura
$1,950.00
A modern shaped censerby Kiyomizu Rokubei VI with hand formed silver lid by Muneyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hoya Tsuki Sen-mon Koro. I believe that this is the Muneyoshi who was one of the top silver smiths working under the famous Takase Kozan, he made silver koro lids for many of the top artists in Kyoto, including Rokubei and Kusube Yaichi. The Koro is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and is in perfect condition. These shaped lids were made consistently throughout...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1436554 (stock #ANR8040B)
The Kura
$6,500.00
Sale Pending
A comic scene in ink on paper of boys herding oxen by Nagasawa Rosetsu spreads across these two low screens. The central characters, one in the lead the second astride one of the behemoths crossing a bridge is distracted by a butterfly floating by above while the beast in front steps on its own rope, pulling his head back to the viewer with a quizzical expression. Other oxen and boys populate the background. All is performed in very soft gray tones with abbreviated detail as if viewed through...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1436553 (stock #ANR8040)
The Kura
$6,500.00
Sale Pending
A comic scene in ink on paper of boys herding oxen by Nagasawa Rosetsu spreads across these two low screens. The central characters, one in the lead the second astride one of the behemoths crossing a bridge is distracted by a butterfly floating by above while the beast in front steps on its own rope, pulling his head back to the viewer with a quizzical expression. Other oxen and boys populate the background. All is performed in very soft gray tones with abbreviated detail as if viewed through...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1436468 (stock #MOR8039)
The Kura
$2,800.00
Sale Pending
A wood body covered in black with sumptuous maki-e of swirling water and late Spring early summer leaves under a tokkin gilded metal lid pierced with flowers dating from the 18th to early 19th century enclosed in a later black lacquered wooden box. It features a brass liner to protect the wood from heat and wear. The censer is 11.4 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and in overall fine condition, with some wear to the base consistent with age and use.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1980 item #1436467 (stock #MOR8038)
The Kura
$965.00
An anonymous wagumi (Japanese weave) Mingei basket of flattened bamboo interspersed with bamboo root. It is 27.5 cm (11 inches) diameter, 40 cm (16 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1436465 (stock #TCR8036)
The Kura
$3,500.00
Sale Pending
A narrow fluting cylinder decorated with alternating patterns of geometrics, calligraphy and human imgery by Seifu Yohei III surmounted with a woven silver lid signed by Hata Zoroku. The koro is 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall (excluding the silver lid), roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition, stamped on the base with the seal of Seifu III. It comes enclosed in a double wood storage box, the inner box annotated by the fourth generation Seifu.
The Zoroku family were makers of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1436427 (stock #TCR8037)
The Kura
$1,700.00
Sale Pending
A large open censer decorated with pea fowl among blossoming flora surmounted by a hand formed pierced silver lid enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled gosai koro (Five Colored Censer). The box bears the seal of the Teishitsu Gigeiin. It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, the same height (excluding the silver lid) and is in excellent condition.
Suwa Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to To...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1436426 (stock #MOR8034)
The Kura
$4,000.00
Sale Pending
A small round heavily lacquered box made to contain incense carved with Peonies by Imperial Artist Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Layer upon layer of lacquer has been applied over time, each subsequent layer allowing for drying, then the entire is carved through with the floral motif. This would likely have been years in the making. This kogo is 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition signed underneath Sozan. Sozan was known best for his impeccable celad...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1436392 (stock #TCR8035)
The Kura
$900.00
Sale Pending
A tripod censer in a blend of tradition and art-deco by Ito Tozan II. Ribs extend from the legs up the sides, adding a sculptural quality to the otherwise traditional form. It features a brass lid pierced with geometric designs accentuating the sense of modernity. Stamped on the base, it is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1436384 (stock #MOR8033)
The Kura
$450.00
A large footed offering tray covered in subsequent layers of black and red Negoro lacquer made for presentation of foods in a Buddhist setting dating from the 17th to 18th centuries. It is 39 cm (15-1/2 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall. There is a great deal of wear to the lacquer surface and edges and one can guess this saw frequent use. It exudes a fabulous sense of antiquity.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1436333 (stock #MOR8032)
The Kura
$575.00
An early Edo (17th to 18th century) box likely made to hold religious texts covered in black lacquer inlayed with plum blossoms and pine needles in mother of pearl. It is 28.5 x 26 cm (10 x 11 inches). There is a great deal of wear to the lacquer surface and edges and one can guess this saw frequent use. It exudes a fabulous sense of antiquity.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1436332 (stock #AOR8031)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
A set of four cabinet/alcove doors recovered from a traditional Kyoto house covered in genuine gold painted with a continuous vibrant landscape of rolling hills and high peaks dotted with pagodas and pavilions along a lake shore signed and dated in the cyclical 60 year zodiac Winter 1899 (it is difficult to discern the second character, which is much abbreviated). The original wooden frames have been removed, making the doors optimal for framing as a single panel. Together they are 30 x 177 cm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1436290 (stock #ALR8030)
The Kura
$950.00
A tea bowl decorated with chrysanthemum blossoms and a bare plum branch nestles deep in the verse of crinkled script which seems to bury it like fallen leaves. The image is by Eiraku Wazen, 10th head of the Miura family of potters and bears the artists stamp on the bowl. An accompanying note gives the history of Taigado Seiryo, and although not signed, the verse may be that of this poet/priest. The poem reads from right to left:
Tsutanaki waza mo wo yo watarisenmo
Kokoro to yasashi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Pre 1930 item #1436286 (stock #MOR4947)
The Kura
$900.00
Sale Pending
A fine crafted Tea Ceremony Tana for display of tea paraphernalia made of light kiri-wood lacquered in opaque red, with uprights of bark covered limbs and raw kiri panels painted with autumn foliage by Nishimura Goun. It is 25 x 14 x 12-1/2 inches (63.5 x 35 x 32 cm) and is in fine condition.
Nishimura Goun (1877-1938) was a prominent Pupil of Kishi Chikudo and Takeuchi Seiho. He showed at the Nihon Bijutsu Kyokai (Japan Art Association) and then with the Zenkoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai (Natio...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1436285 (stock #ALR8029)
The Kura
$1,450.00
A dark forest rises in a field of white, as if still covered in frost or snow, over which is draped a poem brushed in the exquisite script of the poet-nun Otagaki Rengetsu, Itsu to naki, Tokiwa no sato ha, Hototogisu shinobu hatsune ni, Uzuki wo ya shiru?
With the first cry of the Cuckoo, in this village of Tokiwa
Will the people realize, Spring has arrived?
To the extreme left, the cuckoo flies off the page. Ink on paper in forest green silk extended in a beige with black ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1436268 (stock #ANR8026)
The Kura
$4,500.00
Sale Pending
A pair of large screens By Kawamura Manshu (1880-1942), depicting what woud have, at that time, been quite exotic…Western cattle grazing on a plain. Ink and light pigment on applied gold with brown patterned silk border. Each screen is 376 x 171 cm (67-1/2 x 148 inches) and in overall fine condition. These screens are consistent in style and scale with the artists work circa 1910, and bearing in mind the subject matter are likely a late Meiji (pre-Bunten) set of Exhibition Screens. For mor...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1436259 (stock #MOR8026)
The Kura
$1,500.00
A heavily lacquered tray created in the manner of the 36 Kamakura era trays of Hokkeji made of wood covered in thick negoro lacquer rubbed through to reveal the black lacquer under the original red. On back is written Hokke-ji Rakanban, 1 of 36, First month of Tokuji 2 (1307). It is 42 x 29.5 x 2.5 cm (16 x 11-1/2 x 1 inches) and is in excellent condition, enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box. An excellent example of the simplicity and austerity of the Kamakura aesthetic. Inside the box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1436258 (stock #ALR8025)
The Kura
Sold, thank you!
Bamboo springs up in a thicket about a garden stone on this scroll dated a summer day in 1914. Ink on paper in a green patterned silk border with wood rollers. The Scroll is 37.5 x 187 cm (14-3/4 x 74 inches). It comes enclosed in a wooden box annotated by Potter Mashimizu Zoroku titled Chikusen Ga, Take-Iwa (Painting by Chikusen, Bamboo and Stone).
Miura Chikusen I (1854-1915) made a name for himself as a strict adherent to and supplier of Sencha tea wares in Kyoto; one of the most im...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1900 item #1436191 (stock #MOR8024)
The Kura
$550.00
A low circular basket woven in a dynamic swirling wa-gumi style lined with lacquer soaked paper made for carrying charcoal in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It is 30 cm (12 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, enclosed in a period wooden box titled Karamono Takegumi Hira-Sumitori.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1436190 (stock #TCR8023)
The Kura
$1,100.00
Sale Pending
A pine cone Kogo incense box with a Reishi mushroom (lingzhi) brush stand by Seifu Yohei IV enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The mushroom is signed underneath, while the Kogo bears an impressed seal within. The Kogo is covered in the green glaze favored by Seifu IV and is roughly 5 cm (2 inches) diameter. The mushroom is in a rare orange glaze and is 7.5 cm (3 inches) long. Both are in excellent condition.
Seifū Yohei IV (Seizan: 1872-1946) was born the second son of Seifū...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1436158 (stock #TCR8023)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
A chawan tea bowl in white decorated with a spray of flowers by painter Kanashima Keika accompanied by photographs and personal correspondence with the artist. It is roughly 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter and comes enclosed in a wooden box.
Kanashima Keika (1892-1974) was born in Hiroshima, but moved to Kyoto at an early age to study under Hirai Chokusui, then the early 20th century master Takeuchi Seiho (along with Tsuchida Bakusen, Tokuoka Shinsen, Hashimoto Kansetsu and a host of other i...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1436157 (stock #ANR8022)
The Kura
$3,400.00
Bare trees rise up from mist in this slightly sinister screen by Yasuda Hanpo dated Autumn 1925. An ox stands, symbol of strength and solitude, in the deftly brushed landscape. In the distance birds take to the dark sky. The ink has been allowed to diffuse into the paper creating a mystical aura around the heavy creature. It is performed with ink on paper, mounted on gold with vibrant red lacquer frame. Each panel is 28 x 67-1/2 inches (71 x 172 cm) and is in excellent condition. Retaining ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1436156 (stock #MOR8021)
The Kura
$3,800.00
Sale Pending
A serene image in black of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, seated on a lotus before a gilded mandorla dating from the later Edo to early Meiji period, 19th century. The image itself is 24 cm (9-1/2 inches). The entire composition (with stand and Mandorla) is 58.5 cm (23 inches) tall, 30 x 27.5 cm (12 x 11 inches) across the base. Both the figure and the stand are made using the yosegi technique of joined blocks of wood. Across the joint of the lap is a crack, and the left arm has been reattach...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1436155 (stock #MOR8020)
The Kura
$650.00
Dark floral silhouettes by the eclectic artist and designer Kamisaka Sekka decorate the squared tray covered in deep red lacquer and enclosed in a period wood box dated 1924. Signed in the upper left corner, the tray is 23.5 cm (9 inches) square and is in excellent condition.
Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is known as the last great Rimpa Master, an artist of many talents who worked in painting, wood and lacquer and the godfather of 20th century Japanese design as well as the Rimpa revival. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #1436140 (stock #MOR6780)
The Kura
$750.00
Iron and copper create the green on the top surface of this plate by Iwata Toshichi made for the Shobido studio sometime in the 1940s, the style loosely based on the image of glass held in the collection of the Shosoin Imperial Repository. It is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) diameter, 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall and in excellent conditon.
Iwata Toshichi (1893-1980) is considered to be the founding father of Modern glass making in Japan. He graduated the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, metal-craft departm...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #1436129 (stock #MOR6779)
The Kura
sold, with thanks!
An unusul weave carpet by pioneering artist Tatsumura Heizo replicating by technique a piece from Shosoin Imperial Repository dating from the early 20th century. A label reading: Made by Tatsumura Heizo, Bird and Plum Patterned from the Shosoin Repository (Tatsumura Heizo Sei, Shosoin Go Butsumon Kacho Umehana Moyo) is attached to the underside. It is 96 x 175 cm (38 x 69 inches) and comes in an old age-darkened kiri-wood box. As the industrial revolution climaxed in Japan in the opening year...