The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1930 item #1213661 (stock #TCR4314)
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A perfectly formed porcelain Kara-mono vase decorated with sages in scholarly landscapes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Three scenes fill the windows in a blue lattice circling the center. It sits on a superb rose-wood base. The vase is 11-1/2 inches (29.5 cm) tall plus the wooden base; in excellent condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1211469 (stock #AOR4304)
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8 iron plates are riveted in a low arc covered in black laquer without, and bearing a family crest in gold on front. Inside is covered in hemp and also lacquered black, with four metal lops riveted to the bowl for the liner and chords. Inside back bears a single kanji character in red lacquer. It is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) diameter an in overall fine condition, with minor scratches, nicks to the edges and singular cracks in the lacquer.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #1204248 (stock #MOR4284)
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A superb group of life-like mixed metal birds perched on a bronze stone complete with the original black lacquered wooden table dating from the early Showa era enclosed in the original wooden box. Very realistic expression and a sharp attention to detail make the birds shine life-like in their frozen moment. The eyes are Shibuichi black, the bodies silvered and making use of various precious metals. The stone is olive green finished bronze, with a single sprig of bamboo sprouting down low...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1203446 (stock #MOR4282)
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Feminine figures dive upwards, forming the handles on this large art-deco vase by Nakajima Yasumi II enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Jundo Eikan Kabin. The vase is 13 inches (32.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Inside the box lid is an inscription stating it was given to commemorate the first run of a three year old thoroughbred Arabian Stallion at the Amagasaki Race course in 1958...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1203085 (stock #TCR4280)
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A large Kamahen vase covered with Namako glaze by Miyagawa Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The color is spectacular, pale blues and whites viewed through a cascade of red. The vase is 12-1/2 inches (31 cm) tall, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) diameter and in fine condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1202905 (stock #TCR4278)
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An unusual and large celadon incense burner in the shape of a boat by Teishitsu Gigei-in Ito Tozan I dating from the opening years of the 20th century enclosed in the original signed wooden box. On the bow a sage sits, staring up at the moon in complete serenity. The thatched roof is removable so that the burning incense may be inserted. The boat is 11-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 4 inches (29 x 11.5 x 11 cm) and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1202899 (stock #MOR4274)
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A very rare set of atsubori ranma transoms carved from slabs of hardwood enclosed in black lacquer frames depicting the Samurai going to battle. Each measures 39.5 x 186 cm (15-1/2 by 73-1/4 inches) and both are in fine condition. Very often Ranma depict seasonal objects or birds, flowers and trees, but rarely do you find warriors setting off to war. In the Atsubori style, it is taken from a plank 1 inche (2.5 cm) thick...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1202898 (stock #MOR4273)
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Although it looks just like a shallow Kuro-raku Chawan, this tea bowl is entirely made of kanshitsu and covered in various shades of lacquer. The bowl is enclosed in the original wooden box signed Ho-oshi-saku. The artist has intimately duplicated the textures and effects of ceramic firing, even down to the discoloration from separators on the foot rim. He has also duplicated in perfect detail a Meiji period coin inlayed into the bottom...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1202124 (stock #MOR4270)
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First we hear the clang of the hammer striking the bell, then the steadily approaching clop of his wooden shoes before the horrifying creature dressed in the robes of an itinerant priest appears; a ledger in one hand noting our sins. Hanging from a chord around his shoulders is an umbrella, testifying to his constant state of movement. A spectacular carving of an Oni-no-Nenbutsu praying Demon taken from burled cedar...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1200676 (stock #TCR4263)
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white lines defining this tea bowl defy the superlative rendition of a bird snapping up an insect from a hibiscus by Ogata Gekko within. The bowl is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. It comes wrapped in a silk bag and enclosed in a superb kiri-wood box.
Ogata Gekko (1859-1920) of Edo (now Tokyo) was born the son of merchant Nakagami Seijiro and was heir to a small fortune...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1198462 (stock #TCR4041)
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A deep men-tori Tsutsu Chawan of pale millet glaze tinged with lustrous silver dating from the Meiji period (19th century) and enclosed in a much worn kiri-wood box signed Rakuzan. It is haunting, like a ghost passing through the shadows of the tea room. There is an impressed seal beside the foot and the box is titled Koetsu-utsushi chawan and signed Rakuzan-zo with a gourd shaped stamp reading Rakuzan...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1197948 (stock #MOR4255)
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An antique oke-bound wooden bucket has been lacquered mirror smooth black inside with a natural bark handle added to create a superb sumi-tori charcoal basket for use in the Japanese tea ceremony. The original cask-like body is worn at the rim to an incredible degree, and yet remains structurally sound. It may have indeed been a lacquer-workers bucket, or perhaps used by a paper-hanger, decades of being bumped by the brush naturally wearing down the edges...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1197945 (stock #TCR4253)
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What a pleasure it would be to drink from this haunting 17th century (Momoyama to early Edo) Karatsu Guinomi Sake cup with gold lacquer repairs. It is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) dimeter, 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) tall. There are 2 tiny gold repairs gleaming softly on the rim like a yellow moon peering through clouds on a dark night. .
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1197943 (stock #TCR4252)
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The bowl is 5 inches (13 cm) diameter2-1/2 inches (6 cm) tall and in fine condition. Oku yama no, Hana no Shirayuki, Nagare-kite, Haru no sue kumu, Kawazura no Sato (From Deep in the mountains, fallen petals white as snow, Flow past the village, like the last vestige of Spring). Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu. Born into a samurai family, she was adopted into the Otagaki family soon after birth, and served as a lady in waiting in Kameoka Castle in...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #1197729 (stock #MOR4249)
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From the Mizuguchi collection; a large bronze figure of Noh performer Nomura Tokuan (Tokushichi II) performing the part of Antaku. The bronze was made for the Kyoto Shijo Branch of Daimaru Department Store, and is dated 1941. The figure is 13-1/2 x 7 x 8 inches (35 x 18 x 21 cm) and is in fine condition, enclosed in the original wooden box.
Nomura Tokuan (1878-1945) was a unique figure, extremely successful business man, founder of Nomura Bank (now Rissona Bank), chajin (tea Master) stu...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1196570 (stock #TCR4246)
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A vase by Seifu Yohei III enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in stamp. It is 7 inches (18 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and in excellent 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. The next year he entered as an apprentice the Seifu studio, then under the control of the second generation....
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1194619 (stock #TCR4234)
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A set of Nesting Shino Sake Cups with Dice. They are stamped on the base, and come in three sizes, the accompanying dice imprinted with the various sizes on each side, so a roll of the dice decides your fate in the drinking game. Very unusual and in excellent condition, they are (stacked) 2 x 2 x 1-1/4 inches (5 x 5 x 3 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #1193514 (stock #MOR4221)
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A set of stacking brass coasters in the shape of a cannon shell complete with dial settings on the warhead made for the Shobido company in the 1930s or 40s and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Stacked it is 10 inches (25 cm) tall, 3 inches (7.5 c) diameter and in excellent condition.
Shobido has been commissioning works with first rate artists and craftsmen for its own facilities and top Department stores since 1900. Founded by Eto Eikichiro at the height of the salon era, it...