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 : Artists : Lacquer : Pre 2000 item #1440553 (stock #MOR8080)
The Kura
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Gold willows drape over the highly unusual silver-tinged blue lacquer surface of this water container by Tonami Sosai II enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Uwajima Nuri Seigin Yanagi Te-oke Mizusashi (Silver Blue Uwajima Lacquer, Willow, Bucket Shaped Mizusashi). The outside is a shimmering blue tinged with silver, while inside is black covered in powdered silver flake. A striking combination. The willow is delicately depicted in tendrils of gold about the circumference, on the lid and on the handle with highlights on the trunk of kirigane applied gold. It is 22.5 cm (8-3/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Tonami Sosai II (1918-2004) was born in Kanazawa city, , although raised in the world of lacquer ware, began his artistic career studying Nihonga (Japanese style painting) under Hatakeyama Kinsei. In 1950 he returned to the family business, studying under his father the first generation Sosai as well as his cousin Oba Shogyo who would later be named a living National Treasure for Maki-e. He exhibited with the National Traditional Crafts Exhibition among others, and received the Nihon Kogeikai Kaicho prize there in 1984.
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1439335 (stock #MOR7837)
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An exquisite lacquered Natsume covered in powdered silver with autumn grasses in delicate gold maki-e enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Takeuchi Kosai (born Kanazawa, 1944). Inside, a single gold goose flies across the mirror smooth Roiro black ground. It is 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Metalwork : Pre 2000 item #1438663 (stock #MOR8069)
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A large white bronze Koro by Tsuda Eiju exhibited at the 14th Nitten in 1982. It is published in the catalog for that year, and comes with the Nitten card upon which it is pictured. The creature is 45 cm (18 inches) tall, 30 cm (12 inches) wide and in excellent condition. Tsuda Eiju (1915-2001) studied under Tsuda Shinobu (1875-1946) eventually becoming his heir. He was accepted into and awarded at the Nitten National Exhibition many times including the Hokutosho prize.
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) diameter, roughly the same height and in excellent condition, signed Ryuichi on the base.
Just to make everything really confusing, the metal artist Izumi Ryuichi goes by a plethora of names, depending upon the genre he is creating for, Izumi Ryoichi, Ryusen, Koshiro. He was born in Iwate in 1946, apprenticing under metal craftsman Fujiwara Tomohiko at the age of 20. 10 years later he would study metal carving techniques under Katsura Moriyuki, and then under Living National Treasures Sekiya Shiro and Kashima Ikkoku at the age of 36, absorbing techniques and styles all along the way. Thanks to his dedication to the craft he was chosen to take part in the restoration and reproduction of the National Treasure 8 sided Buddhist stand of Chusonji Temple in 1990, the following year the production of a mirror for Ise Shrine, the most holy site in Japan. Throughout the Heisei era he has been on the restoration team of any number of important works of art in the Imperial Household Collection, various museums in Japan as well as the pair of Nanban Screens in the collection for the Cleveland Art Museum, His work has been awarded at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten Traditional Crafts Exhibition and Nihon Kinko Ten National Metal Art Exhibition as well as the Dento Kogei Shinsaku Ten New Traditional Crafts Exhibition among others
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 with the Shin Bunten, Nihon Gendai Kogeiten Modern Crafts Exhibition, and Nitten where he would receive the Hokutosho prize in 1953 and 1955, the beginnings of a long list of awards received over his lifetime. He accepted a professorship in his alma matter in 1963, where he helped to shape the subsequent generations of metal artists. From 1971 he would serve as head of the Japanese Metal Artists Society (Nihon Kinkosakka Kyokai). He retired from the University in 1978, and died in 1999. Work by him is held in the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Tokyo University of Art Museum. For more see: Expansion of Hammerd Work, Mitsui Asoo and Followers (1993).
All Items : Artists : Folk Art : Contemporary item #1433351 (stock #MOR7994)
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A dark bamboo basket offering various plating techniques and a nice contrast between the flat angular bamboo handle and round tamasudare weave of the body signed on the base Chikubisai and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 25 cm diameter, 32 cm tall and is in excellent condition.
Ishida Masaichi (Chikubisai II) was born in Kyoto in 1934, and learned the art of basketry under his father Chikubisai I. His work has been exhibited throughout his long career, garnering more than fifty awards including the Mayors prize at the Kyoto Municipal Bamboo Art Exhibition. He has helped to inspire and foster subsequent generations of bamboo artist from his positions at Seika University and at TASK (the Kyoto Traditional Craft School) where he has taught since its inception.
All Items : Artists : Mixed Media : Contemporary item #1426510 (stock #MOR7880)
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Nagakura Kenichi's artwork is imbued with a primal energy and balance executed with a keen understanding of composition. Each piece combines classic Japanese bamboo basketry techniques with a contemporary artist's sensibility. He steps outside traditional limitations of form, function and material, challenging our concept of customary bamboo. The transition from container to sculpture is further explored in this piece, with expressive curves and a lack of any definable shape. This earth encrusted style is perhaps the most easily identifiable in his oeuvre; a technique pioneered and unique to him. The amorphic form is 36 x 30 x 26 cm (14 x 12 x 10 inches) and in excellent condition. Light intermingling from various angles through the organic sculpture creates a dramatic, contemplative atmosphere.
Nagakura Kenichi (1952-2018) treated bamboo as a purely sculptural medium. He creates unconventional, organic forms, sometimes accented with pieces of found wood and coated with finishes of his own creation. Nagakura spent years learning traditional bamboo techniques from his grandfather before innovating his own style. Bamboo, says the artist, is an ideal material to express nature: “Bamboo can be either delicate like a spider web or solid as stone, thus embodying the natural cycles of the world.”. Bamboo Sculptures and baskets are held the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft in North Carolina, and in the National Gallery of Victoria, among others.