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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1261243 (stock #MOR4614)
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$475.00
A peaked stone in the form of a thatched roof home set onto a superbly carved wooden base rising on one side to meet the misshapen natural bottom of the form. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1960 item #1261098 (stock #MOR4611)
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$525.00
Tightly woven strands of caramel colored smoked bamboo mix with raw root, the highs polished to a soft glow leaving black to accent the shadows in the spaces between. A fine anonymous Hanakago basket dating with braided arch handle from the first half of the 20th century. It is 15-1/2 inches (39 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1980 item #1260963 (stock #MOR4609)
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Raised Cloisonné flowers decorate the lid of this brass Suzuri Bako Writing box made by the Ando Studio and enclosed in a silk lined custom wood box. Inside is lacquered black, and contains the never used ink-grinding stone (Suzuri) as well as a suiteki of the same brass and cloisonne design set into a wooden tray with rests built in for brushes. It bears the Ando mark on the base and is in fine condition, measuring 10 x 7 inches (18 x 26 cm).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1260868 (stock #MOR4608)
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A fine Kikukaseki (also Kihkkaseki) fossilized Chrysanthemum stone featuring the Chrysanthemum boldly polished from a mottled red surface and set into a slight but superbly crafted wooden stand. It is 6-1/2x 2 x 5-1/2 inches (16.5 x 5 x 14 cm) and is in fine condition.
Kikukaseki or Kikka-Seki (fossilized Chrysanthemum stone) is a kind of viewing stone featuring natural crystaline chrysanthemum patterns, and it is highly valued for it's beauty...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1260639 (stock #MOR4607)
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A beautiful Chinese style open basket by Tanabe Chikuunsai II featuring a wide copper basin for flower arranging. It measures 15 inches (38 cm) diameter and is signed beneath, Chikuunsai. There is staining from the use of lead flower frogs on the copper insert; the basket is in fine condition.
Tanabe Chikuunsai I (1877-1937) began under the tutelage of the great Meiji bamboo artist Wada Waichisai, establishing his own studio in 1890...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1960 item #1260581 (stock #MOR4604)
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$575.00
A fine mountain shaped stone with linear stripes called Toraishi (Tiger Stone) from the Seta River in a soft olive color with red undertones and black stripes. It sits on a base of beautifully sculpted rosewood. It is 20 x 12 x 12 cm (8 x 5 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #1260385 (stock #MOR4603)
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A natural stone bowl form the collection of the great 20th century painter Yamamoto Shunkyo enclosed in the original wooden box titled Shizenseki Hissen (Natural Stone Brush Washer), Eigetsudan, Shunkyo Jimei (Named by Shunkyo). Knowing his propensity for naming things after their place of origin, this may have come from the famous Moonlake Hotsprings of China, or perhaps he was referencing to the place when he named it. With the base it is roughly 18 x 15 x 10 cm and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1254333 (stock #TCR4601)
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A large porcelain vase by Miyanaga Tozan decorated with a garden scene of young pine growing up around a large stone brushed by Yamamoto Shunkyo and enclosed in a double wooden box signed by both artists. It comes with the pictured rosewood stand in a separate section in the box. The vase is 12 inches (31cm) tall 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1253536 (stock #TCR4600)
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A sophisticated soft yellow Kiji Celadon vase by important early 20th century female potter Suwa Sozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) tall and in fine condition. The vessel dates from the late Taisho to early Showa period (1922-1940), when Sencha and the ideas of Chinese Scholarly life reigned in Japan.
Suwa Sozan II (Torako (1890-1977)) was the niece and adopted daughter of Teishitsu Gigei-in Suwa Sozan I (1852-1922)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1253261 (stock #TCR4599)
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$550.00
A kiji Yellow Celadon Koro incense burner with a horse finial enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Kato Kozan. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kato Keizan (1886-1963) was born in Tajimi city, Gifu, a pottery center in its own right, however came to Kyoto to apprentice under Kiyomizu Rokubei IV. He established himself in the same neighborhood in Kyoto, where he became well known for celadon and Chinese based porcelain forms...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1249151 (stock #TCR4559)
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A dark bamboo grows up the side of this gohon bowl by Kiyomizu Rokubei decorated by Nishiyama Suisho and enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in fine condition.
Nishiyama Suisho (1879-1958) was born in Kyoto, graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and studied the Shijo manner under Takeuchi Seiho. He served as head of the Kyoto Special School of Painting (mod Kyoto University of Fine Art)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #1248028 (stock #TCR4551)
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A large Hakeme Sweets dish made by Kato Genjiro and decorated by the Buddhist Scholar Nanjo Bunyu to commemorate his ascension to temple life on the 8th day of the third month of 1923. It is 17.5 cm (67 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Tsuruma Sanko Yaki (also known as Tsurumai Yaki) was established in the Showa district of Nagoya, Aichi prefecture by Kato Genjiro in 1914...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1244418 (stock #MOR4523)
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Flowers in burnt orange spray across the front of this red fan shaped sweets tray decorated by by Kamizaka Sekka and enclosed in a period paper box. It is 10 x 8-1/2 x 1/2 inches (25.5 x 21.5 x 1.5 cm). There is one minor nick in the rim which can be repaired if desired.
Sekka (1866-1942) is the godfather of 20th century Japanese design and the Rimpa revival. He was born in Kyoto in 1866, one of six siblings...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1980 item #1242420 (stock #MOR4501)
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A beautiful Suiseki mounted on rich red carved wood base enclosed in a custom made kiri-wood display box. There is a sublime balance between the ragged peaks and deep clefts in the stone, and excellent example of the Renzan (Range) type of stone. The stone is 37 x 10 x 12 cm (15 x 4 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition. There is one very small nick in the wooden base (1/8th of an inch or 3 mm in size). Together the stone and box weight 3.5 kilograms (roughly 8 pounds)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1241942 (stock #MBR4497)
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A double gourd shaped bronze dating from the early 20th century by Ichinose Soshin wrapped in a yellow cloth bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The box reads Jundo Karamono-Utsushi Hana-Ire (Pure Bronze Chinese Style Vase) and is signed in the lower left corner Ichinose Soshin followed by the stamp Soshin. The vase is 24.5 cm (10 inches) tall, 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
The First Soshin (Chotaro) began a metalworking studio in 1876. The second gen...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1970 item #1241203 (stock #MOR4487)
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White cranes soar in front of the rising sun on this spectacular cloisonné writing by by the Ando Studio marked on the base. Inside a suzuri stone and matching suiteki water dropper are set onto a lacquer wooden tray between brush stands. The piece is in excellent condition, 24 x 25-1/2 x 5 cm (9-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 2 inches) and comes enclosed in a kiri-wood kabuse bako box.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1239493 (stock #MOR4486)
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The box is titled Gokashiki Ju-kei ko na ri, Venerable Sweets Dish, Soaring Visitation of Fortune, and is signed on the base Settei. The design of a soaring crane among clouds within is that of Takeuchi Seiho, the maki-e performed by artist Kanbei Settei. The piece is 11 x 6-1/2 x 3 inches (28 x 16.5 x 7.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1943) will be a subject of any discussion of 20th century Japanese art. He learned painting from the famous Shijo school artis...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1236729 (stock #AOR4460)
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A pair of Sensu folding fans hand-painted with calligraphy and a landscape respectively by Hashimoto Dokuzan signed and dated 1929. Paper on bamboo frames, each is roughly 18-1/2 inches (47 cm) across, 11 inches (28 cm) tall and both are in fine condition. These are from late in his life nd show the mature style and confidence which made him such a popular painter/calligraphist
Hashimoto Dokuzan (Gengi, 1869-1938) was born in Nigata, and was sent to Kyoto at the age of 16 to study painti...