#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 antique Japanese folding screen depicting a gathering of poets. Traditional Taoist study. Suibokuga - ink with subtle color pigments. Circa 1780.

Measuring 65 ½" high by 147" wide.



#3. A beautiful two panel furosaki or tea ceremony screen depicting the great statesman, scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizané (845-903) with his young son and retainers pausing to refresh in a country stream. So compelling was Michizané's impact on Japanese culture that upon his demise he was deified as the Shinto God of Literature and Calligraphy 'Tenjin'. There are many temples throughout Japan dedicated in his name and an important Tenjin national festival is celebrated every year on the 25th of February, when the plum blossoms bloom. Painted in gouache with mineral pigments and highlighted with a dispersing mist in gold and silver on a ground of buff colored silk. Each panel is framed in hinoki with double inset base panels of zelkova wood (revered for its pronounce grain) decorated in stylized gold lacquer plum blossoms and surrounded in a darker sakura wood frame. Signed by the artist Hogen Suishin with seal (Hogen is an honorific title that signifies a master). Late Meiji Period.

Measuring 25 ½" high by 60" 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. An antique Japanese two-panel calligraphy screen of sumi-é ink on handmade washi, surrounded by a rare silver ground. Keyaki wood frame with original bronze corner mounts. 19th Century.

Measuring 67 ½" high by 62 ½" wide.