japonese art

EnsoShogetsu (Chuho Sou) (1759-1838)Sumi ink on paperSigned: "Shogetsu" with artist's sealsPainting: 29 x 60 cmMounts: 29 x 60 cm“Circle paintings” (enso) are closely associated with the meditative experience of Japanese Zen monks, which express their individual state of mind through this graphic sign. The interpretations given to this pictorial act are countless: from an overall perspective the circle is seen as the emblem of Zen’s deepest concepts, icon of the meditative process toward the Enlightenment (satori); the enso represents also the...

Kogo
Kogo (incense box)Mid Edo period, 18th centuryBlack ground; decoration in gold hiramaki-e. Rims: pewter. Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.9 x 31 cm.Provenance:Charles A. Greenfield collectionPrivate collection, SwitzerlandExhibited:New York, 1980, The Metropolitan Museum of ArtLiterature:“The Charles A Greenfield collection of Japanese lacquer”, Eskenazi Ltd., London: 1990, cat. 19 A.J.Pekarik, “Japanese Lacquer, 1600-1900”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 1980, cat.19, fig. 31The antique Japanese tradition of folding love letters to form a knot around a tree branch...

Mino Ware, Oribe StyleA green glazed stoneware Oribe footed square serving dish decorated with iron wash grape leaves and geometric patternsMomoyama to Edo period, Early 17th century 20 by 18 by 5.7 cm With a tactile surface texture decorated with an asymmetrical design painted between green-glazed areas, this dish is a typical example of Green Oribe (ao-oribe) ware. The glaze fired to a vivid color flows down to the side walls pooling in rich, deep green lakes at the bottom on two opposite corners and the white strip in between is decorated in a brown iron wash with grape branches...

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