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Tokuhiro TosaiNanga landscapeLate 19th centuryArtist’s signature and seals104 x 41 cmThis painting represents a steep slope of a mountain with some pine trees. The mountain is crossed by a waterfall that flows into the water below, where two men are on a small boat.The work is almost monochrome, except for a few details in green and yellow. The style is naturalistic and fine, as in nanga style, due to the chiaroscuro and to the fine details. On the top left corner there is the signature of the artist with his red seal. Tokuhiro Tosai, was a high ranking samurai, an expert swordsman and...

KazarizameA rare mounted rayskinEdo period (1615-1868), late 18th/early 19th century51.5 cm long Of waisted and convex form, having a wood core, covered by a single piece of rayskin, displaying varying grades of same visible through five variously shaped cut-outs ringed by raised gold thread in tightly bound gold and silk brocade of various formal designs. A kazari-zame is a "presentation" same. Rayskin has always been a precious material and those with large nodules were sometimes not mounted on a sword hilt but given as a gift, elaborately tied with plaited cords on gold...

Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)ChigusaSigned: Artist's seal on all printsEditor:Yamada Naosaburo, Unsodo. First edition: 1899Oban yoko-e: 24 x 35,5 cmPainter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in the western world. Sekka came from a samurai family - his father was in service at the imperial palace in Kyoto - and studied art during a very delicate period of Japanese history: the transition between the old feudal system of the Edo period to the modern capitalistic one of the Meiji restoration. It has...

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