japonese art

An ivory netsuke of a Karyōbinga
KaryōbingaSigned: OkatomoKyoto, late 18th centuryIvory netsuke. Eyes inlaid in dark hornLenght: 5.1 cm Provenance:Arlette Katchen collectionH. Seymour Trower collectionLiterature:H. Joly, Catalogue of the H. Seymour Trower Collection of Japanese Art, pl.IV, no.704.G. Lazarnick (ed.), MCI: The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum, York (Alan R. Liss Inc.: 1986), p.619.A. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol.1, Paris (K. R. Publishers, 2010), vol.1, p.103, no. K785. Shown flying, its wings and legs drawn in for compactness, its head turned slightly to the...

Kamiyoshi Fukanobu (1786-1851)
Higo KamiyoshiAttributed to Kamiyoshi Fukanobu (1786-1851)Early 19th centuryKage-cho sukashi tsuba Tsuba of almost circular form, pierced with formalized butterflies, in a symmetrical design, the iron of fine quality.The design derives from the Ko-Shoami tsuba mounted on Hosokawa Sansai's favourite kasen-goshirae. To the left and right, it shows large sukashi in the form of a butterfly and the eyeballs reaching towards the seppadai form a unique design of which Sansai was very fond.A similar example by Fukanobu is preserved at the Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum.The tsuba is...

Shikishi con iris
Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)Shikishi with irisPigments on silkWith sign and seal used by the artist from 1925 to 194024 x 27 cmIn this shikishi is represented a beautiful deep blue iris. In Japan, the iris is the flower linked to men because the shape of this flower’s leaves recalls a sword. Sekka excelled in the small size works in which the different subjects are represented in full size.Painter 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...

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