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#11. An antique Japanese four panel fusuma with a sumi-é painting of a bamboo grove on a buff and sunago (gold leaf mist) ground. Fusuma were permanent works of art in prominent Japanese households, unlike the folding screens that were stored and rotated. Fusuma were commissioned for pride of place, from the celebrated artists of the day. The atmosphere they created was central to the aesthetic harmony of the house. Signed Shuseki. Taisho Period (1912-1925).

Measuring 69 ½" high by 115" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#13. An antique Japanese six panel byobu in the classic style of Rakuchu-Rakugai (scenes in and around Kyoto). These scenes depict daily life and various traditional cultural activities of historical Japan. The Kano School, whose artists combine brilliant color (mineral pigments) with the techniques of Chinese painting, were the most prominent group to create such genre screens by commission to decorate the residences of important patrons. Late Edo Period, circa 1820's.

Measuring 67 ¾" high by 148" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#14. An exquisite antique Japanese six-panel gold leaf byobu or folding screen of an unusual scale that depicts a scattered array of floating fans. The fan is a classical art motif in Japanese culture, highly prized and often given as gifts amongst nobility. Each fan on this screen is a traditional study of birds and flora, heroes and sages, literature and landscapes, a narrative of Japanese historical culture. The paintings are executed in sumi ink and mineral pigments in gouache on parchment with gold leaf details and ground. Kano School, circa 1780.

Measuring 54" high by 114 ½" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#15. A pair of large antique Japanese paintings of cockerel and hen with chicks among timber bamboo. Mounted in the single panel screen style of "gaku", with silk brocade borders and lacquered wood frames. Meiji Period, circa 1880.

Measuring 73 ¼" high by 38 ½" wide.

 
       

 

         
 
 

#16. Antique Japanese six-fold paper screen painted in ink with calligraphy on a buff ground bordered with a geometric pattern in gold leaf. The calligraphy is part of a Chinese poem, 'Ode to Drinking Morality' by Liu Ling, one of the 7 Worthies of the Bamboo Grove, painted by a Japanese calligrapher. Signed and seal: Gi Sensho Fujiwara (Fusa) Chika no sho. Meiji Period (1867-1912).

Measuring 67 ¾" high by 148 ¾" wide.

 
       

 

         
 
 

#17. 'Furosaki' - Tea Ceremony Screen

The unusual scale of this elegant six-panel screen is in relation to its intended use for the tea ceremony, as a low partition between the preparation area and the participants' space of a small tearoom. Each panel of washi (handmade paper from mulberry) is decorated with a fan shaped painting in the double lozenge form of traditional Chinese fans. These paintings illustrate the exquisite calligraphic poems that float above them. The calligraphy is skillfully executed in the 'Sosho' style (lit. grass writing); a highly spontaneous form revered for its artistic license. The contents of the paintings have a dreamlike quality accentuated by their silver dusted firmament that has oxidized over the four hundred years of this art work's history. The overall ground is applied with a mist of gold leaf 'sunago' that is not only beautiful, but would have been most engaging as a reflective surface in the somewhat dark and gloomy interior of the teahouse. The flickering of firelight from the brazier and candles would play delightfully upon its surface. Japan, late 1600's. Ex. Malcolm E. McPherson Collection.

Measuring 26 ¼" high by 108" wide.

 
         
         
 

 

#18. An absolutely stunning 18th Century two panel Kano School byobu of snowy egrets in a winter scene. Rich mineral pigments (copper derivatives such as malachite and lapis) suspended in a gouache against a gold leaf ground create a striking mural of willow tree, bamboo and camellia laden with snow beside a deep blue lake. Middle 1700's. Characteristic wear and attrition of over 200 year old washi (handmade mulberry paper).

Measuring 67 ½" high by 74 ½" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#19. Snow Egrets and Willow
Furosaki or Tea Ceremony Screen

The unusual scale of this lovely six-panel screen is in relation to its intended purpose for the tea ceremony, where it served as a low partition between the preparation area and the participant's
space of a tea room. Rich mineral pigments in gouache create a winter landscape floating among golden clouds. Silk brocade border with black lacquer frame and bronze mounts. Late Meiji Period, circa 1900.

Measuring 26 ½" high by 102 ½" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#20. An antique Japanese six panel byobu depicting mated peacocks beneath a cherry blossom tree, symbols of a happy married life and ethereal beauty. Magpies are harbinger of good fortune; peonies, camellias and bamboo – the symbol of strength and endurance. Painted in ink and gouache on parchment ground with black lacquer frame, original brocade and kirigané gold geometric surround. Circa 1890.

Measuring 67 ½” high by 144” wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#21. An antique Japanese six panel Shijo School screen with an aesthetic of pure "Shabui," the quiet understated beauty that evokes an atmosphere genial to the spirit. A stream courses through rolling hills that are scattered with young pines, and sparrows take flight through a golden morning mist. Signed Bunrei with seal Bunrei no in. Maekawa Bunrei (1837-1917).

Measuring 41 ¾" high by 108 ¾" wide.