The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1239362 (stock #TCR4484)
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The 14 petal Imperial Chrysanthemum forms a triad emblazoned in gold on the lid of this exquisite mizusashi fresh water jar by Imperial Court Artist Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated as having been received in June 1911. The box is tied with a green silk chord. The piece is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm diameter, roughly 7 inches (18 cm) tall and is in perfect condition. The 16 petal seal with 16 petals between is used only by the emperor...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1239271 (stock #TCR4483)
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An exquisite work in ivory colored porcelain by Seifu Yohei III with a pierce-work solid silver hoya lid enclosed in the original wooden box bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in stamp. It is 4 inches (10 cm) diameter, roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II. Sent at the age of twelve to study painting under then the top Nanga artist Tanomura Chokunyu, he returned in 1865 due to illness...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1237959 (stock #TCR4470)
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A murder of crows stand gaunt and sinister in the leafless winter's tree, their dark iron bodies mere shadows against the crackled pale glaze of this bowl signed Hobun Hitsu and stamped beneath with the six sided seal of Kiyomizu Rokubei V enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 inches (20.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1237955 (stock #TCR4469)
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An incense burner in the shape of a comical bird by Miyagawa Kozan enclosed in the original wooden box titled Koro outside, and within Ninsei-I, Shigi (Snipe or Sand piper) followed by the artists signature and stamp. Although outlandish and humorous, the bird has a very keen eye, somewhat unsettling which catches the viewer off guard. It measures 6 x 3-1/2 x 7 inches (15 x 9 x 18 cm) and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1237452 (stock #TCR4467)
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A museum quality koro covered in soft pink glaze decorated with chickens in raised relief surmounted with a woven silver lid by Kiyomizu Rokubei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. For a piece decorated in the same style see the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Kiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959) began by studying painting from the age of 12 under the 19th century master Kono Bairei...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1236727 (stock #TCR44459)
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An early snow covers the branches of a ragged pine, the clutches of autumn still evident in the red tinged leaves of ivy clinging tremulously to the limbs. This is a spectacular large Kyo-yaki work signed on the base Seifu and enclosed in a period wooden box. Dating from the late 19th to early 20th century, it is nearly 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) to the top of the lid and in excellent condition. This is the work of Seifu Yohei I.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1236490 (stock #MOR4457)
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Something I have never seen before, a set of pillows for one couple from Shimabara, one of the oldest pleasure districts of Kyoto, enclosed in the original Kiri-wood storage box. The man’s pillow is a simple roundel of soft leather. The woman’s, made for a geisha and her elaborate coiffure, is a small tapering black lacquered box with a drawer for a hair pin, to the top of which is secured a brocade pillow with a silk chord...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1236489 (stock #TCR4456)
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A graceful 3 legged incense burner or Shuro covered with a carved Hoya of thick kiri-wood pierced with a bat flying among swirling tendrils of smoke; a very auspicious symbol. The lid is signed Horyu-saku (made by Horyu). It is stained with smoke inside, the outside a rich dark patina. The Basin is green glazed pottery, likely from the Agano region of Kyushu, but possibly of continental origin...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1235399 (stock #MOR4445)
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A fine Japanese Chashaku Tea Scoop carved from a stick of bent bamboo by the tea master Tokuzan enclosed in the original bamboo container bearing his yak-in stamp wrapped in a cloth bag and contained in a heavily annotated kiri-wood box. Annotations inside the box are signed by the head of the Baika-an. Tokuzan (1748-1838) was a leader among the tea circles of his day...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1233633 (stock #TCR4439)
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A set of five Edo period Shino Mukozuke cups, two with gold repairs, enclosed in an age darkened custom wood box. Each cup is decorated with a spray of sasa bamboo in iron on the deeply crackled and colored filled feldspathic glaze. Gold repairs to two of the bowls are of superb quality, using genuine gold. Each is roughly 3 x 3 x 3-1/2 inches (8 x 8 x 9 cm). Inside the box lid is written Kurose-Ke (Property of Kurose family) written over an older inscription...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1228217 (stock #ANR4057)
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A study of various sea life in a soft Taisho style of simple ink and muted colors on silk signed Ryusaburo. Each of the creatures is depicted in intimate and lifelike detail down to the tiny hairs on the crabs. The study is bordered in an elegant red lacquer wooden frame. It measures 63 x 67 inches (160 x 170.5 cm) and is in overall fine condition. Likely the work of Ikeuchi Ryusaburo.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1227939 (stock #ALR4154)
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Gazing at the back of the traditional Maiko apprentice, pins and combs hold her coiffure perfect, our eyes travel down to the neck revealed as it joins the white painted shoulders, the luxurious kimono with its signature high and draping sash: She has the two of hearts! A very unusual painting reflecting the oddities of western influence at the opening of the 20th century by Matsumoto Ichiyo (1893-1952)...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1226678 (stock #MOR4413)
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A fine Seigaku-ishi Danseki forming a plateau leading to a rugged peak, a tunnel running through at an angle below the sheer inverted walls. This stone is entirely natural in shape, from the rugged mountains of Shizuoka prefecture. It rises from a red-stained soft-wood base (dai) expertly carved to fit the stone. 6 inches (16 cm) long and 3-3/4 inches (9.5 cm) tall with the base, in excellent condition.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #1226389 (stock #MOR4410)
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Overlapping flowers bloom on thepollished surface of this fine Kikkaseki (fossilized Chrysanthemum) viewing stone set into a hardwood base. It is roughly 15.5 x 9 x 10 cm (6-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 4 inches) and is in fine condition. Kikukaseki or Kikka-Seki (Chrysanthemum stone) is a kind of viewing stone featuring natural chrysanthemum patterns, and it is highly valued for it's beauty...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1225961 (stock #MOR4403)
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A superb large Furuya Taki-ishi waterfall stone on a rose-wood Daiza. Well defined Jagure with a balance struck between the high tower protruding from the peak of one side and the deep water hole (mizutamari) lost in the pleats opposite, leaning forward to expose this to the viewer with a natural slope to the foot on both sides. Scoring throughout the stone is itokake white lines like snow left in the shadows or water cascading through the many deep valleys and over the steep precipices...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1225958 (stock #TCR4402)
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A truly exquisite ivory colored Koro by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Growing all about the body are flowers and grasses of the fields and the lid is pierced with a Ko-doke (Incense clock) pattern. It is roughly 5 inches (12 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kan...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1225787 (stock #MOR4399)
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Lacquer covers the natural curves of this wood tray for use in the service of Sencha leaf Green Tea. It is 10 x 14-1/2 x 1 inches (25.5 x 37 x 2.5 cm). The bottom shows wear typical of use.
The importance of Sencha in the late Edo and Meiji periods cannot be overlooked, and has been studied in depth in the book Tea of the Sages, the Art of Sencha by Patricia Jane Graham.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #1223610 (stock #MOR4384)
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A superb Sajigawa stone of deep olive patina, completely natural, on a carved rosewood base and enclosed in a fine old straight grain wood box. Notice the entirely natural arch growing between the two spires. This is incredibly rare and a fine prize. This would be considered a house shaped stone, reminiscent of a farm-house and its adjoining out-building, a covered passage between. Saji stones come from the Saji river in Tottori prefecture. This is 3 x 4-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (8 x 12 x 9.5 cm...