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 : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1431902 (stock #L089)
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A superb Landscape by Yano Tetsuzan dated the second month of 1924 enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The arched rooves of Chinese style pavilions rise in the placed waters under th shelter of precipitous verdant cliffs, trees in fall colors in the foreground setting the stage. Above a long verse in Kanshi signed Tetsuzan. Ink and pigment on silk in a dark blue-green satin border with ivory rollers (the rollers will be changed for export). The scroll is 54 x 193 cm (21-1/2 76 inches...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1431890 (stock #L078)
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Autumn Rain drifts through red fall colors on this elegant scene by influential artist Hayashi Bunto enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shu-u (Autumn Rain). Pigment and gold on silk with cloth border and bone rollers. When caught in the rigight light, the gold used gleams on the changing leaves. The scroll is 15-1/2 x 78 inches (39 x 197 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Hayashi Bunto (1882-1966) was born in Kyoto. He studied under Maekawa Bunrei (1837-1917) and later Yam...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1431889 (stock #TCR7980)
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A large porcelain vase decorated with an ascending dragon roiling over tempestuous waves by Miyagawa Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seika Nami-ni Nobori Ryu Tsubo (Underglaze Blue Waves and Rising Dragon Vase). It is 27 cm (10-1/2 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 M...
All Items : Artists : Metalwork : Contemporary item #1431490 (stock #MOR7973)
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A contemporary bronze basin for flower arranging called Suiban of architectural disc form with a mottled red patination, signed on the base Shu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Jun-Do Ban - Kayo (Pure Bronze Basin Flower Sun) by renowned bronze artist Hasuda Shugoro. It is 13-1/2 inches (34.8 cm) diameter and weighs approximately 5.3 kg (12 lbs) in excellent condition. It comes with a certificate of authenticity titled Hasuda Shugoro Saku Kaki (Flower Receptacle made by H...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1431471 (stock #AOR7972)
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A set of four cabinet/alcove doors recovered from a traditional Kyoto house covered in genuine gold painted with soaring cranes in ink by important 19th century artist Kishi Renzan dated mid Spring 1858. The doors are made to fit an opening roughly 21.5 x 153 cm (8-1/2 inches by 5 feet). There is some scratching around the handles typical of more than a century of use, but they are in overall fine, antique condition.
Kishi Renzan (1805-1859) entered service with the Arisugawa branch of t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1431336 (stock #L036)
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Sheer simplicity, a golden orb by Nakamura Daizaburo (also Daisaburo), the signature in gold. Performed with pigment on silk in a superb silk border with ivory rollers in the original signed double wood box with Futomaki roller. This is the best quality mounting and housing available in the era. The ivory rollers will be changed for export.
Nakamura Daizaburo (1898-1947) was born into a family in the cloth dying industry of Kyoto, and studied painting at the Kyoto Municipal School of Fin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1431275 (stock #L002)
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Birds take shelter for the coming of night as the mist rolls in on the bare branches of a stand of trees huddled along a stream, all dyed with the colors of late autumn in this exceptional work by Hashimoto Kansetsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Seen in silhouette against the moon, are these crows, the stalwart creatures which hunker down through winter, or are they Sagi (herons) harbingers of the cold to come? This painting is a superb example of his mature style. It is mounted...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1431131 (stock #J060)
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A sage stares quietly through bamboo leaves at the harvest moon, a serene ink painting by Hijiya Bunkei enclosed in a wooden box accompanied by a label from when it was exhibited at the Hagi City Museum. Ink on paper in a fine cloth border with wood rollers, the scroll is 73 x 149 cm (29 x 59 inches) and is in fine condition, enclosed in a period wooden box.
Hijiya Bunkei (1899 – 1951) was born in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. He studied the Nanga style under Os...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1431097 (stock #J050)
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A young girl in traditional robes stands in the garden among autumn foliage, a breath of spring in the closing of the year. The background is all muted, allowing the boldness of the colors of her robes, flesh and hair to stand out. Expertly rendered, the scroll is 2 by 6 feet (63 x 183 cm) and is in excellent condition, completely remounted in pale patterned silk. This is the work of Osaka female artist Tominaga Gyokuun, a painter studied in the Shijo school of painting under Okamoto Koen and we...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1700 item #1431009 (stock #MOR7969)
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Tempestuous waves in fine gold lines splash between lightning shapes decorated with reed curtains on the sides of this singular lacquered wooden koro with woven silver lid dating from the Momoyama to opening of the Edo period, Later 16th to early 17th century. It is 8.5 cm (3-1/4 inches) high, 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter. The worn base has been re-lacquered to protect the wood core from splitting or cracking otherwise is entirely original to the period.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1430827 (stock #MOR7967)
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A highly unusual Meiji period wood carving of Kannon, god(dess) of mercy, taming the dragon. The scene is perched atop a rough crag, the dragon appears to be rising from turbulent seas, with Kannon floating serenely above in a mudra with one index finger up, the other down showing fearlessness. It is signed on the base Suiko-saku (made by Suiko) with what was likely a dedication alongside it removed. It is 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1900 item #1430766 (stock #MOR7965)
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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)
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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)
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A heavy eyed Shishi lies listless on his favorite toy, a large ball, forming the lid and basin for this 19th century bronze censer. 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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...