japanese screens antique

Poppies Six-panel folding screens SCHOOLRinpa SchoolDATEEdo period, 17th centuryMEDIUMInk, color and gold leaf on paperDIMENSIONS112 by 280 cm  Six-panel Japanese folding screen representing some poppies on a golden ground. The poppies are all completely white excepts for tree red flower that sprouts in the left part of the composition and some chrysanthemums in the center.The term Rimpa (or Rinpa) derives from the combination of the last syllable of Kōrin’s name and the world ha (converted into pa), which means “school”. It was used to describe a highly...

Field of Pinks and Rising MoonA six-panel folding screen DATEMomoyama period, 17th centuryMEDIUMInk, colors, gold leaf, and silver on paperDIMENSIONS166 by 360 cm A field of wild pinks (nadeshiko; Dianthus superbus) blooms under a rising moon in this six-panel folding screen. The anonymous artist arranged the flowers, a relative of the carnation, in dense, rhythmical clusters in three horizontal registers in the lower half of the screen, above which clouds of gold leaf merge with the gilded sky. Interspersed between the layers of flowers are passages where flecks of silver foil, now...

Flowers of the four seasonsA pair of six-panel folding screen  DATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 19th centuryMEDIUMInk, color and gold flakes on paperDIMENSIONS138 by 304 cmNOTESSealed by the artist in red ink This pair of screens belongs to a genre of lyrical paintings of flowers, grasses, and other plants that flourished around the middle of the seventeenth century and became a specialty of the Sôtatsu studio. The use of a rather complex composition of clusters of flowers and the puddling of ink was initiated by Tawaraya Sôtatsu, the founder of the Rimpa school, who was active from 1600...

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