japanese screens

A two-panel folding screen DATELate 19th centuryMEDIUMInk and color and paper on silkDIMENSIONS67 by 174 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.Some of the fans of this folding screen depicting...

 SCHOOLRinpa SchoolDATEEdo Period (1615-1867),19th centuryMEDIUMInk, gold color on paperDIMENSIONS170.5 by 370 cm The two screens show 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...

A pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gofun and gold leaf on paperKyoto Kano (Kyō-Kano) SchoolAttributed to Kano Sansetsu (1590-1651)Signature: SansetsuSeal: Jasokuken170 by 375 cm A gnarled cherry tree in full bloom and a snow-covered willow tree frame the composition of this pair of folding screens depicting flowers and trees in the four seasons. Red and white azaleas and low-growing bamboo grass (kumazasa) beneath the cherry tree complement the seasonal imagery of its pearly blossoms, while pink and white sasanquas and some sprays of marlberry (yabukōji) add touches of...

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