japanese screens

Rakuchū Rakugai ZuViews of Kyoto

Edo period, mid 17th century

Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, colors, and gold on paper
Each 121 by 282 cm  Folding screens depicting the ancient capital city of Kyoto and its surroundings (rakuchū rakugai zu) are among the most popular genres of Japanese painting. The broad surfaces of folding screens (byōbu) were ideally suited to the panoramic cityscape, as they afforded artists opportunities both to present sweeping vistas of the capital and to focus on details of everyday life in the city. Kyoto screens first appear in documents in the...

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Furosaki with silver ground and fans A two-panel folding screen DATELate 19th centuryMEDIUMInk, pigments, and silver on silkDIMENSIONS70 by 176 cm The compositions with fans were typical of Tawaraya Sotatsu school in Kyoto at the end of Ken'ei era (1624-1643). The fans could be painted on paper, then glued on a gold background or, as in this case, could be painted directly on the screen. Fans have always been used as a decorative element in the Japanese tradition. This object also has an auspicious meaning, representing the "unfolding" of the future...

Flowers from the four seasonsA six-panel folding screen DATEMid Edo Period (1615-1867)MEDIUMIInk, pigments, and gofun on a gold groundDIMENSIONS66 by 221 cm Small and elegant screen decorated with an ideal landscape where various species of flowers and plants are portrayed. In the background, golden clouds are realized in gold-foil or flakes, depending on their distance. INVENTORY NR: byo-867Japanese screen for sale. Price on application. 

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