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 scholarís realm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1264926 (stock #ANR4617)
The Kura
$1,200.00
A wide plank of wood forms the background for this Ita-do door decorated in thick pigment with sparrows in bamboo signed Shoho encased in a wooden frame and dating from the early 20th century. The door is 96 x 177 cm (roughly 38 x 70 inches) and is in overall fine condition. The distraught hinges and other hardware have been removed.
Wood doors such as these were most often used between inner rooms and garden exits, or on the exterior walkways between rooms and or structural areas...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1930 item #1264808 (stock #MOR4614)
The Kura
$600.00
A set of trays turned from horse chestnut and decorated in ink with The Four Gentlemen (Plum, Bamboo, Orchid and Chrysanthemum) of literati fame with accompanying poems by Nishio Setsuko (Hiroshi, b. 1899) and dated 1925. Tocchi (horse chestnut) is highly prized for its wild grain patterns and figuring represented in this set of trays covered in clear lacquer. They are 15 inches (38.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1980 item #1264624 (stock #MOR4613)
The Kura
$1,250.00
A massive Sanuki Bori Platter with a cucumber carved into the surface, a grape and Bushukan (Buddhas Hand Fruit) carved in life-size relief. A masterpiece for any collector of Sanuki Carving. It is 35 x 17 x 2 inches (89 x 44.5 x 5.5 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1264497 (stock #MOR4612)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A large Bunko paper storage box of austere raw kiri-wood with solid silver rims by Toyosai decorated with figures by Kikuchi Keigetsu enclosed in the original signed double box titled Kyokusui no Utage Bunko.
Kyokusui no Utage (en) is the old tradition of a group sitting scattered near a garden stream. A cup is set adrift filled with sake, and before it reaches the first person he must compose the first line of a poem...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1264453 (stock #TCR3042)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you!
A set of unique porcelain cups for Sencha green tea by five top names in Kyoto, Seifu Yohei, Takahashi Dohachi, Kiyomizu Rokubei, Mashimizu Zoroku and Miura Chikusen, all carried inside a six sided bamboo carrying case signed and stamped by each artist with each cup described, the case in turn enclosed in a wooden box. The box is titled Kosometsuke (?) Chawan, and signed within (illegible) likely by the collector for whom the set was made followed by one small and one large stamp...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #1264343 (stock #MOR4608)
The Kura
$850.00
A pair of hollowed and lacquered coconut shells enclosed with a folding fan in a box decorated by Shimizu Hian. The gold and silver sides of the black lacquered fan are also decorated with calligraphy by this eccentric scholar artist. Inside the box lid is a poem and a painting of a tokkuri and sake cup signed Hian. The two open vessels would have been partly filled with hot water, and the Tokkuri would have been inserted to keep the sake warm...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1264341 (stock #TCR4173)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you!
A set of ten cups decorated with a unique poem and painting of the Five Nobles, (Bamboo, Orchid, Plum, Pine and Chrysanthemum, also known as the five Gentlemen). The cups were made by Mikuni Tanyu, and decorated by Nishimura Goun. Perfectly formed, each is delicately painted with a short verse and one of the five representatives of scholarly virtue. Each cup is 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter, 4.5 cm (2 inches) tall and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1264340 (stock #MOR4606)
The Kura
$185.00
An inclusion, likely a fossil of some form, shines white on the dark, stacked hill shape side of this fine suiseki set into a superbly crafted rosewood base. It is 8 inches (20 cm) long and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1950 item #1264217 (stock #MOR4412)
The Kura
$600.00
A very rare Natural Sajigawa viewing stone in the shape of a thatched minka farmhouse. An excellent piece for Bonseki miniature gardens or to accompany a bonsai display. It is 11 x 6 x 9 cm (5 x 2-1/2 x 4 inches) and is of course in excellent condition. Saji stones come from the Saji river in Tottori prefecture.
Stones idealized the horizon. Bringing an undisturbed memory of distance into the confines of the often cramped and overstuffed rooms in the notoriously small Japanese study...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1264117 (stock #MOR4602B)
The Kura
$450.00
Three very different stones set into hardwood bases, one a spire of black from Shikoku which rings like iron set in a rosewood stand. The second a low mountainscape from the Furuya-ishi region of Wakayama set into grain striped hardwood, featuring a streak of white (water) running through the center. The third is a snow covered spire also of Furuya-ishi, set into a wide red hard-wood base. The spire is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1264115 (stock #MOR4602A)
The Kura
$450.00
Three Japanese Suiseki Viewing Stones Spirit, Scholar, furuya, ishi MOR4602AB Three very different stones set into hardwood bases, one a spire of black from Shikoku which rings like iron set in a rosewood stand. The second a low mountainscape from the Furuya-ishi region of Wakayama set into grain striped hardwood, featuring a streak of white (water) running through the center. The third is a snow covered spire also of Furuya-ishi, set into a wide red hard-wood base...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #1263995 (stock #MOR4601)
The Kura
$400.00
A natural formed Furuya-ishi stone basin mounted on a wooden base which, when filled with water, acts as a brush washing bowl for a scholars desk. This would go very well with the stone brush rest also listed in the catalog. It is 13 x 11 x 11 cm (5 x 4 x 4 inches) and is in fine condition, the bow itself stained dark from ink. The base is a lightwood, likely kiri (Paulownia, that most Japanese of woods).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1940 item #1263992 (stock #MOR4598)
The Kura
$350.00
A Brush stand of rosewood inset with a slab of natural shaped burl dating from the early 20th century. Pegs on the side are there to hang brushes. It is 34 x 8 x 32 cm (13-1/2 x 3 x 12-1/2 inches and is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1263990 (stock #MOR4596)
The Kura
$250.00
A set of five wooden trays covered with woven bamboo and lacquered in the Shunkei style with multiple layers of colored and transparent lacquers. Each is 29.5 cm (12 inches) square, and signed on the underside. There are a couple of tiny nicks in the rim typical of use, but are in excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1263807 (stock #MOR4595)
The Kura
$1,150.00
A tall vase in the style of bamboo ikebana vases cut from a single round of fantastically burled wood, polished to a soft glow by years of handling. Outside is a beautiful deep red patina. The upper and lower cores have been removed and inset with bamboo vases. It is 49 cm (19-1/2 inches) tall, and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1930 item #1263646 (stock #MOR4374)
The Kura
$340.00
A naturally formed burl of wood forms this rugged basin in rich candy buff finish outside, lacquered red within. It is 29 x 23 x 9 cm (9 x 11-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition, with a few minor burn marks inside accentuating age and use.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1263509 (stock #ANR4372)
The Kura
Sale Pending
A hermitage lost in the early blossoms of the plum forest, ink and light color inside a wide gold border and mulberry frame typical of the Taisho era. Gold powder has been liberally applied intimating a shimmering mist throughout, creating an ethereal quality. Signed in the upper left corner, it is 68 x 149 inches (172.5 x 378 cm) and in overall fine condition. Akashi Shoun was born in Osaka on March 12, 1867, the first year of the Meiji era and a time of great change in Japan...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1950 item #1263232 (stock #MOR4638)
The Kura
$300.00
A hanging basket deriving its style from a merchants cash basket which would have hung near the front of a stall or shop, in easy reach to the vendor to both make change and hold payments. Unlike the vendors basket, this is of a much wider weave of thin cane bamboo. It is 12-1/2 inches (33 cm) tall including the handle, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter and is in fine condition, signed on the base. It can be displayed either hanging or standing flat.