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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. A fluttering of wings among rice sheaths, this antique Japanese screen is a source of pure delight. A flight of plovers dart and flit among autumn’s harvest, lit in the golden light of early morn. This minimalist composition offers a gentle open atmosphere of lyrical movement. Detailed in brushed ink and gouache with mineral pigments. Framed in silk jacquard with lacquered wood frame. Late Meiji, circa 1900.

Measuring 67 ½” high by 144” wide.

 

         
         
 
 

#3. A dance of ancient pines along a rugged shore line with splashing waves of an inlet sea. Age old boulders lend ground to this lyrical composition of morning mist and golden clouds. All elements of this poetic screen are symbols of strength and endurance. An original work of art in the format of a traditional Japanese six panel folding screen. Executed in gold leaf, ink and mineral pigments of gouache on a ground of seven layers of handmade washi (resilient organic paper) over a bamboo latticework interior. Lacquered wood frame with silk jacquard surround. Circa 1890.

Measuring 69” high by 147 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. A most elegant antique Japanese six panel byobu painted with a composition of five standing cranes among scattered young pine. These elements are classic in their auspicious intent, as the sacred crane symbolizes wisdom and longevity and the pine is a symbol of strength and endurance. The asymmetrical composition is beautifully executed on a buff parchment ground with an overall applied mist of gold leaf flecks, a traditional aesthetic technique known as Sunago. This technique is not only beautiful, but created a soft reflective surface that was most engaging as light shifted throughout the course of the day and candles flickered in the course of the evening. Ink, gouache and gold leaf on parchment of handmade washi with silk brocade and lacquer wood frame. 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.