japanese screens antique

  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 tarnished with age, represent the ground bathed...

Edo period, 18th centuryPair of two-panel folding screens Ink, colors, gofun and gold leaf on paperEach 170 by 165 cm The term karamono is used to define ceramic, carvel lacquerware, furniture, bronzes and other decorative items imported from China. They became highly prized as imported curios, used in Japan as kazari - display items - and even the shōgun would install karamono in his chamber (zashiki) and invite members of the court and clergy to view them. Often karamono have been copied by Japanese craftsmen, so shapes from Chinese bronzes and porcelain have been used in Japan for...

Lacquered writing boxEdo period, 19th century36 by 38 by 7 cmSilver and gold maki-e lacquer on black ground. The suzuribako is in the typical Rinpa style, decorated with two cranes, a motif often used by artists of this school. The term Rimpa (or Rinpa) derives from the combination of the last syllable of Kōrin’s name and the word ha (converted into pa), which means school. It was used to describe a highly sophisticated decorative style initiated by the painter Tawaraya Sōtatsu in the early seventeenth century and was continued by the Kōrin brothers in the next century. It is...

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