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 : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1436065 (stock #ALR8019)
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$4,200.00
The Heron Maiden coquettishly covers her face, the intimation of snow in the vacant background with large occasional flakes falling in the fore on this large work by important 20th century artist Kitano Tsunetomi. Pigment on silk in the original silk border with solid ivory rollers (these will be changed if exporting). It comes in a later collector’s double wood box. The scroll is 46 x 206 cm (18 x 81 inches) and in overall fine, original condition. There are faint scattered foxing marks t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1436064 (stock #MOR8018)
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$700.00
A set of 10 variously colored covered lacquer bowls with accompanying small plates ostensibly for pickles and suimono to cleanse the palate between courses. In Japanese cuisine, presentation is everything. Texture and color may in fact be more important than flavor. The dishes used as well, should be a feast for the eyes, and you will find every aspect of the traditional meal is presented in its own unique setting. These bowls (two matching boxed sets of five) are 7.5 cm diameter, 7 cm tall...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #1436035 (stock #MOR8017)
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An exquisite cinnabar lacquer box inlayed with mother of pearl phoenix and scroll-work joined by designs carved into the lacquer surface made by the famous Shobido studio, purveyors of fine art in Osaka. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shosoin Moyo Raden Go Bunko (Mother of pearl Storage box with Shosoin Pattern). It is 30 x 23 x 11 cm (12 x 9 x 4-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition. As the industrial revolution climaxed in Japan in the opening years of the 20th ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #1436014 (stock #MOR8016)
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Kannon (Guanyin) the bodhisattva of compassion, is depicted by two of the most famous painters of the early Showa period on this pair of presentation cloths by Hashimoto Kansetsu and Tomita Keisen. Keisen’s loosely brushed image of a cherubic Kannon sits in the center of an Enso Zen circle. The calligraphy on the left reads "Entsu", a Buddhist term combining the kanji for circle and authority, loosely meaning knowledge of the circle of Buddhist Doctrine, the cycle of life and of all things et...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1435939 (stock #MOR8015)
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$395.00
An unusual Mingei folk tea service tray of wood covered in mottled layers of various shades and hues of ocher, carmine, olive, and pale lacquer polished through to reveal a marbled coloration on all sides. It is 28.5 x 21.5 cm (11 x 8 inches) and in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1435923 (stock #ALR8014)
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A dramatic performance by eccentric Zen Priest Kasumi Bunsho with a pale wet circle filled with a splash of black ink by Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated Spring of 1988. Ink on paper in gray silk extended with black and featuring black lacquer wooden rollers. The scroll is 51.5 x 131 cm (20 x 51-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1988) was a prolific calligrapher, to say he was fond of the brush would be an understatement. Born...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1435922 (stock #TCR8013)
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The more you look the more you see, dozens if not hundreds of scholarly figures blend into the white mist drifting through the forest on this large vase by Seifu Yohei V. At first one sees rocks and boulders among the pines, only to realize that in fact each has a cherubic face! The playful crew seem to occupy every ounce of space not previously taken by a branch or boulder. The vase is 27 cm (11 inches) diameter, 31 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Born into the 5th gen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1435915 (stock #MOR8012)
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$3,500.00
A brush, ink stick letter knife and ink stone are set into a compartment inside this flattened bamboo shape carved from Zitan wood with a poem engraved into the lid signed on the back side Hokkyo Sessai and enclosed in a wooden box. Lifting out the lid by means of the strap, one finds the knife tucked into the handle, the brush, stone, and ink laid out and ready to use. It is 34 cm (13-1/2 inches) long. The ink stone, firmly embedded in the wood, has cracked, otherwise all is in excellent co...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1435914 (stock #TCR8011)
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A beautiful lidded fresh water container by Kiyomizu Rokubei V enclosed in the original signed wooden box decorated with Rimpa inspired mottled leaves tinged with gold sheltering crimson berries among dark shadows and buried in a silver-glazed winter snow. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall, 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959) began by studying painting from the age of 12 under the 19th century master Kono Bairei. Upon graduation from th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1434964 (stock #TCR8003)
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Raw textured earth decorated with colorful enamel of a cricket on a bottle-gourd vine by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan. Although the outside is largely raw sandy clay, the interior has been glazed so as to hold fresh water for the tea ceremony. Kozan titled this ware Manago-Hada. It is 14.5 cm (6-3/4 inches) diameter, 17.5 cm (7 inches) tall and in excellent condition, stamped on the base and enclosed in a wooden box. A strikingly similar work is published in the book: Bridging East and West, Japane...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1434809 (stock #TCR8011)
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A pair of nesting square sake cups decorated in the Chinese style with floral panels alternating with erotic scenes by Miyagawa Chozo (Kozan) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The cups are 5.7 and 4.3 cm (2-1/4 and 1-3/4 inches) square respectively. The larger cup has a large kintsugi repair in fine gold lacquer and is signed in one lower left corner of the foot Makuzu, while the other is signed Higashiyama Makuzu across one side of the foot. Makuzu Chozo (1797-1860) ), father of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1434621 (stock #TCR8010)
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A set of sake decanters in the shape of Split Bamboo Tea Whisks by the third generation Kiyomizu Rokubei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The artists stamp is clearly impressed into the nunome cloth-textured base. They are 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition dating from the mid 19th century.
Kiyomizu Rokubei III (1820-1883) was the second son of Rokubei II (1790-1860) and took over the family kiln at the age of 18 after his father retired in 1838. (His fa...
All Items : Artists : Metalwork : Pre 2000 item #1434459 (stock #MOR8009)
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Bonji Buddhist characters in five rings of silver, gold and brass damascene decorate this Incense burner by Izumi Ryoichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kin-do Gorin-mon Koro. We see the number five in Buddhism and Bushido, With the elements Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Air, as well the famous treatise on fighting by Miyamoto Musashi is called the Book of Five Rings, and the stone stupa seen all over Japan called the Gorinto (Five part tower). This is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) dia...
All Items : Artists : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1434455 (stock #MOR8008)
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A very unusual hand beaten architectural vase by important post-war metal artist Mitsui Asoo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 40 cm (16 inches) tall, 18 cm (7 inches) wide and in excellent condition.
Mitsui Yasoo was born in Sano City, Tochigi prefecture North of Tokyo in 1910. He graduated the metal crafts department of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1933, and was first accepted into the Teiten National Exhibition the following year. He would subsequently exhibit wi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1434420 (stock #TCR8007)
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A vibrant Asagao (Morning glory) in soft lavender opens up to the sun on this Tokkuri sake flask by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seika Asagao no Zu Shubin. It is 13.5 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in perfect 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) ki...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1434419 (stock #MOR8006)
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A gorgeous Jubako stacking box of lacquered wood decorated with burgeoning grape vines in powdered gold maki-e dating from the 19th century enclosed in the original wooden storage box. Inside oxidized vermilion grants a sense of celebration, while the outside covered in polished black is the perfect back drop to the shimmering gold decoration. Assembled it is 24 x 26 x 31 cm (9-1/2 x 10-1/4 x 12 inches). Overall it is in very good condition, with some minor dings in the edges typical of use. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1920 item #1434292 (stock #MOR8005)
The Kura
$850.00
A black lacquered katana-kake Samurai sword stand inlayed all over with mother of pearl forming a Chinese literati scene, birds in a plum tree, butterflies and scrolling vines. It is 50 x 18.5 x 37.5 cm (19-3/4 x 7-1/4 x 15 inches). Meiji period, 19th to early 20th century. This is an antique, and has been used, there are minor losses typical of age but nothing overtly detrimental and the lacquer is stable.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #1434291 (stock #MOR8004)
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$700.00
A pair of small bronze rabbits on black lacquered round wood stand enclosed in the original signed wooden box. They are roughly 13 cm (5 inches) long and in fine condition, dating from the first half of the 20th century.