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#1. A beautiful antique Japanese six panel byobu painted in the classic style of the Yamato-é Genre Scenes of nenju gyoji-é (annual events and the seasonal pastimes that commune with nature). This screen is refreshing in its portrayal of the common man enjoying life and community. This screen is constructed of melded layers of handmade "Washi" (paper) over an interior bamboo latticework frame. It is then finished with a lacquered wood surround that is reinforced with hand engraved bronze fittings. The painting is executed in rich mineral pigments derived largely from copper derivatives such as lapis and malachite, the sumi ink from coal and gold leaf in the cloud banks with gold kirigané flecks added to the parchment ground. Japan, Meiji Period, circa 1880's.

Measuring 68 ½" high by 149" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

#2. An exquisite antique Japanese two panel byobu with an elegant sumi-é ink painting of standing lotus with white gouache blossoms on an overall ground of ‘Sunago’, a technique of on laid gold iridescence. The sunago technique was intended to create atmosphere that would subtlety shift as the light would change throughout the course of the day. Signed Rai Jōson sha (painted by), the Rai family name was famous for their scholar-artists. Meiji / Taisho, circa 1910.

Measuring 60” high by 55 ¼” wide.

 

         
         
 
 

#3. A magnificent antique Japanese six panel byobu depicting a beautiful summer landscape with a gathering of white cranes within an iris pond beneath a willow tree. To the right of the screen, mountains appear in the distance and shadows of a deep forest executed in hatsuboku (splashed ink), a technique of spontaneous brushed ink shapes. All floating among golden banks of clouds, classic to the Kanō School aesthetic. Signed Genchū within a vessel form seal, the ‘go’ or artist’s name for Kanō Mototada (1565), however, Kanō School and modestly dated late 1700’s. 

Measuring 66” high by 148 ½” wide.

 

         
         
 
 

#4. A magnificent antique Japanese six panel byobu of cockerels and hen. The beautifully plumed birds strut along a bamboo fence and wade in a pond among bamboo stalks on a resplendent ground of gold. The cockerel is one of the twelve animals of the Junishi (zodiac) and is associated with good fortune as it heralds the rising of the sun and the coming of the new day. Bamboo is a symbol of strength and endurance as its resilience weathers even the fiercest storm. Unkoku School, early 1700's.

Measuring 66" high by 149" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#5. A stunning antique Japanese six panel silver calligraphy screen with skillfully rendered spontaneous sumi-é (black ink) characters that contrast brilliantly with their silver leaf ground. Silver screens were rarely executed due to the scarcity of the mineral, not being indigenous to Japan. Also due to its volatile nature to tarnish irregularly, although this over time has come to be seen as a natural characteristic of the material and important to its aesthetic appeal. Of attractive contrast is the unusual choice to finish the panels in red lacquer frames. Taisho Period (1912-25). 

Measuring 68 ½” high by 143 ½” wide.

 
       

 

         
 
 

#6. An antique Japanese six panel byobu with bold, spontaneous sumi calligraphy on a white buff ground. Each panel is framed in gold kirigané. Meiji Period 1867-1912.

Measuring 68" high by 146" wide.

 
       

 

         
 
 

#7. An elegant antique Japanese six panel byobu depicting a classic portrayal of cranes and pine on a buff ground with an atmospheric technique of gold mist. Meiji Period 1867-1912.

Measuring 67 ¾" high by 148" wide.

 
       

 

         
 
 

#8. An antique Japanese six panel byobu of gold leaf and washi with rich mineral and gesso pigments depicting scholars in a garden engaged in traditional scholarly pursuits. In the left panels they are seated on boulders in a contemplative state taking tea with texts and an incense burner before them. In the central panels a scholar rests on a kang before his writing table, where hand scrolls, his ink stone and brushes are made ready. Behind him are large wine vats and attendants surround the reclining figure. In the right panels the scholar is seated before a large picture marble screen beneath a flowering plum tree. He is here overseeing the tutelage of a young scholar in the art of calligraphy. Signed by Nishimura Goun (1877-1938). Late Meiji / Early Taisho, circa 1910-20.

Measuring 67 ½" high by 148 ½" wide.

 
       

 

         
 
 

#9. A most unusual eight-panel antique Japanese miniature screen with an extraordinarily beautiful landscape combining hills of red maple with descending waterfalls and hills of cherry blossoms ascending above the stream. All surrounded by rolling golden clouds that create a mystical atmosphere to this remarkable painting. The rich natural mineral pigments are largely copper derivative such as lapis and malachite. Signed Tanka Hitsu. Circa 1800.

Measuring 21 ½" high by 85" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#10. Cherry Blossoms in Spring

A six panel ‘Furosaki’ tea ceremony screen that evokes an atmosphere both delicate and transient, an appreciation for beauty, however fleeting. Painted in ink and gouache on parchment with morning’s mist conveyed in a sprinkling of metallic flecks. Framed in black lacquer with a surround of finely crafted washi embedded with turquoise fibers and silver geometric detail. Taisho period (1912-25). 

Measuring 21 ¼” high by 41 ½” wide.