The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholar’s realm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1263508 (stock #MOR4371)
The Kura
$2,000
An iron tea pot with solid silver handle, lid and rim. Late 19th to early 20th century in excellent condition. The piece is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, 18 cm (7 inches) to the top of the handle.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1263507 (stock #MOR4370)
The Kura
$875
An exquisitely carved pipe case of stag antler in the form of an elongated gourd with a brass leaf hinged to allow the end of the pipe to be inserted. It comes with a basketwork miniature box lined with antique cloth and featuring metal hardware. The gourd is 20 cm (8 inches) long, the box 7.5 x 5 x 4 cm (3 x 2 x 1-1/2 inches). Both are in fine condition. The gourd is signed.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1263506 (stock #MOR4369)
The Kura
$375
A sweet looking gourd dangles by frayed silk chords from a Hirado Porcelain Netsuke in the shape of a ebullient sage leaning on his staff. The gourd is capped with a bone bung. The netsuke is 2 inches (5 cm) long, the gourd 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall. Both are in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1263231 (stock #MOR4577)
The Kura
$700
An antique bamboo pot carved with a much worn sage meditating under a pine with a poem reading “The Moon Shines Bright through the Pine Boughs”. A sideways swipe at the bamboo intimates the moon just above the branches of the aged tree. 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 5 inches (11.5 x 9 x 13 cm) and in fine, original condition, dating from the 19th century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1263230 (stock #MOR4437)
The Kura
$650
This sign appears to be a work by young Tomioka Tessai in the shape of a fan. It is 27 inches (68 cm) long. The lower corners have been broken and re-glued and otherwise is in fine condition. On back is the Yaki-in (branded stamp) reading Yano, likely the Craftsman who made the piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1263160 (stock #MOR4436)
The Kura
$3,600
Large Natural Wood Hibachi, Calligraphy by Tessai Tomioka, antique, Japanese MOR4436 A large round of Kiri wood hollowed out and carved with calligraphy by the great Tomioka Tessai.in white. It is lined with brass, and meant to contain a heating fire. Included are a pair of Myochin signed Hibashi handmade iron fire tongs. A similar item was offered for sale in 1934 from the Kitamura Collection, a copy of the catalog page to be included...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1263158 (stock #MOR4576)
The Kura
$825
A bird perches on a garden stone before sasa-bamboo and blossoming plum on the much worn sides of this 19th century scholar’s bamboo brush pot. A poem to the side extols the virtues of the plum, bamboo, wind and moon. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) tall and in fine, original condition.
Wind causes to dance branches of plum and bamboo, scattering moonlight and shadow as it scatters the blossoms?
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1262926 (stock #MOR4433)
The Kura
$850
A very unusual natural wood burl backed with a flat of wood containing a door revealing a chamber in which could be stored tobacco. Slots in the top, lined with metal and bone respectively, can hold a pipe, a pipe cleaner, and would allow the pipe to be dipped into the tobacco without opening the back. The entire back can be removed for cleaning. A leather strap secures a walnut shell Netsuke carved in the shape of a Buddhist prayer drum...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1262808 (stock #MOR4431)
The Kura
$750
A bone spoon carved and dyed red to look like a piece of coral fitted inside a deer-skin bag and enclosed in an old wooden box titled Ko-sango (Old Coral). It is 15 cm (6 inches) long and in fine condition, dating from the 19th century. It would have been used to drop water from a bowl onto an ink grinding stone (suzuri) for writing.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1262727 (stock #ANR4430)
The Kura
$2,700
A bamboo spray rises from beyond a large garden stone on the gilded panels of this fine two panel screen by Takahashi Ryuga (1863-1930). It has been completely remounted without over-painting and is in excellent condition. Each panel is 87 x 168 cm (34 x 66 inches). Ryuga was born in Niigata prefecture, and studied painting in Kyoto under the Nanga Master Tanomura Chokunyu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1262726 (stock #MOR4632)
The Kura
$850
A Ryuyi (Nyoi) of natural wood wrapped with a silk chord and beautifully worn and polished with many years of love and gentle care. It is roughly 13 inches (33 cm) long and in fine condition.
The Nyoi has many stories associated with it. They are strongly associated with priests, and are said to hold the spirit of the grandchild the priest has forsaken having. For that reason they are also colloquially called Mago-no-te, a “Grandchilds Hand”...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1262623 (stock #MOR4630)
The Kura
$1,500
A monumental amount of work went into this anonymous double walled basket of tightly woven bamboo laced with a single strand of root which rises from the base, through the handle and back down the opposite side. Incorporating a Chinese style weave, the hexagonal lattice changes at the rim, wrapped around several layers of alternating patterns, to a wider slat fretwork pattern inside. The multiple strands of root forming the handle are tightly bound together with rattan...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1262622 (stock #MOR4629)
The Kura
$370
An open dish of woven bamboo with intricately patterned rim and foot representative of the Karamono (Chinese derived) basket work favored in early 20th century Japan. It is 13 inches (33 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1262529 (stock #TCR4572)
The Kura
$450
A very unusually shaped Meiji period Sencha steeped tea tea-pot stamped below the handle by the maker and decorated with a kanshi poem by Nyo-nyo-Do enclosed in an old wooden box. 12.5 cm (5 inches) talland in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1262069 (stock #TCR4628)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you!
A spray of bamboo in iron and a short verse decorate the soft gohon-pastels of this large Shuro by Kiyomizu Rokubei and Takeuchi Seiho enclosed in the original wooden box titled Fuchiku (Wind and Bamboo)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1262068 (stock #MOR4626)
The Kura
Sold
An anonymous Wagumi bamboo basket with concave sides inset with large and small bamboo roots culminating in a split bamboo handle wrapped with a braid pattern. It is roughly 9 inches (23 cm) square, 14 inches (36 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261866 (stock #MOR4398)
The Kura
$850
Hotei plays Nirameko (see who laughs first at the funny faces) game with a child, a basket of dumplings the prize on this fine Sencha Tea Tray signed Beizan. The grain appears to be some form of Rosewood. While the child sticks out his tongue, Hotei is much more creative, little fingers in his mouth and index fingers raising hi eyebrows, it is a rare look at humor in 19th century Japan. The tray is 8-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (22 x 32.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1920 item #1261511 (stock #MOR4408)
The Kura
$400
A beautiful squash shaped gourd with persimmon colored silk chord and ivory bung enclosed in a fine Kiri-wood viewing box. The burnished red color of the gourd is striated with fine lines, as if it is bursting from the orange bindings. It is 9 cm (4-1/2 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition.
The gourd has long associations in Asian history, and serves many uses. It was used to carry medicine, water, alchohol...