antique japanese screens

Birds and riverA six-panel folding screen ARTISTHara Zaichu (1750-1837)DATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 19th centuryMEDIUMInk, pigments, gofun and gold on paperDIMENSIONS106 by 268 cmSIGNATURE Hara Zaichu; artist’s sealsNOTESKanagu with Kiku (emperor’s seal) The fine traditional composition shows very well defined birds and chrysanthemums with other flowers on a river, while the sky is left unpainted in plain paper, sprinkled with gold and silver flakes to render the clouds.Pupil of Maruyama Okyo (1733-95), Hara Zaichu is one of the prominent Kyoto artists of his...

 SCHOOLRinpa SchoolDATEEdo Period (1615-1867),19th centuryMEDIUMInk, gold color on paperDIMENSIONS170.5 by 370 cm The screen shows Chrysanthemums and daisies of various sizes close to a fence. The composition is executed with a rich green foliage over a gold background and the only external element is the plain fence, designed in pale gold.The leaves are colored using the tarashikomi, a classic Rinpa technique in which pale black ink or a color is brushed onto an area of a painting and then either darker ink, or the same or a contrasting color, is dropped into the first before it...

Momoyama to Edo period, 17th centurySix-panel folding screenInk, colors, gold leaf and gold flakes on paper170 by 379 cm The grapevine is painted heavy with fruit, on a bamboo trellis behind a bamboo fence by small hills and a flowing stream. The dense clouds behind and over the grapevine are depicted using gold leaf, while the land is made with gold flakes over green and the water is painted with lines on the natural paper of the screen’s folds.Although grapes were found in Japan in very early times, it was not until the arrival of Buddhism that they appear in artwork. During the...

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