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1. A beautifully executed portrait painting of the Emperor Ch'ien Lung on horseback, in dragon armor at the Grand Review of Troops. This painting is inspired by the 18th Century masterpiece in the National Palace Museum, Beijing, executed by the revered court painter Giuseppe Castigleoné (1688-1766), a Jesuit missionary in the courts of the Emperors K'ang Hsi, Yung-Cheng, and Ch'ien Lung. The artist has gone to great lengths to compliment the skills of his predecessor. As is the tradition he takes no credit for this work but sites its origin, signing Lang Shi Ning, the Chinese name adopted by Castigleoné and finishes with the character 'Hua' respectfully painted, to give homage where homage is due. Ink, gouache and gold leaf on silk. Circa 1930's.

Measuring 78 ½" long by 39 ¼" wide.

 

2. An exquisite antique Japanese ink painting of a snail traversing a trunk of timber bamboo. Executed with adept precision in this most challenging of art forms. Bamboo long associated as a symbol of strength and endurance, and the snail of patience. Patience is considered to be concentrated strength of character in the Japanese philosophical tradition. Ink on silk. Signed with red seal. Meiji Period.

Measuring 70" long by 11" wide.

 

           
           

3. An antique Japanese calligraphy scroll. "Sosho" - grass writing (a fluid, continuous style). Taisho Period 1921-25. Signed Seigen Seion. Both Artist's seal and Owner's seal.

Measuring 73" long by 17" wide.

 

4. A Zen ink painting of remarkable brushwork and ink modulation of a Meditating Daruma. This comic study depicts a fierce Daruma with a somewhat annoyed expression at being disturbed during his meditation. Signed. Circa 1910-20.

Measuring 82" long by 23 ½" wide.

 

       

 

 
           

5. A captivating depiction of nine galloping horses executed in sumi ink, the work of which is obviously that of a most accomplished painter. With both spontaneity and skillful means, he has created a work of art that appears effortless in its execution, yet powerful in its impact. Ink on silk. Signed Sh?zan. Meiji Period (1867-1912).

Measuring 72 ½" long by 20 ¾" wide.

 

6. An Edo Period Japanese painting of a horse festival procession being led by horses with various elite members of the samurai caste (wearing swords) in attendance. Taiko drummers set the cadence while palanquins of ceremonial significance and an Abbot of the temple, are carried through the village streets. We see observers respectfully bow with hands folded as the procession passes by. Ink and gouache on parchment. Circa 1780.

Measuring 43 ¼" long by 23" wide.


           
           

7. An exquisitely painted antique Japanese colored ink painting of King Fisher and Lotus. The lotus, a long associated symbol of the teachings of the Buddha for its ability to thrive within murky waters and create the most exquisite of blossoms. The king fisher, a popular emblem of beauty for the wonderful raiment of its multicolored plumage. The artist has created a composition of harmony and an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence. Meiji Period.

Measuring 82 ½" long by 12" wide.

 

8. An inspired painting of colored ink and gouache on silk depicting the rising sun above an open sea as morning mists disperse. The artist has employed the most skillful of means in this highly demanding media that allows no room for error. He has created here an atmosphere of poetic expression that is seemingly effortless in its execution. Original fine silk brocade scroll surround with ivory knobs. Signed Shozan.

Measuring 86 ½” long by 22 ¼” wide.


           
           

9. An original painting by the renowned Japanese artist Chiura Obata 1885-1975. This ethereal landscape study reflects the wonderful inspiration he found in his frequent sojourns to Yosemite and the High Sierras, particularly in the late 1920’s. Obata brought fresh perspective, through traditional Japanese ink painting of the extraordinary vistas of our most prized national treasures.

Measuring 62 ½” long by 21 ½” wide.

 

10. Bold, Powerful, Spontaneous. 'Ryu' Dragon above, 'Ho' Phoenix below. Consummate calligraphy by the hand of an adept, symbols of both supreme male and female aspects of the universe, associated with the divine aspects of the emperor and empress. Consecrated in red seal by the hand of a child. Late Edo Period.

Measuring 76 ½" long by 17 ½" wide.


           
           

11. An antique Japanese calligraphy kakémono (hanging scroll) with a bold and spontaneous execution of a classic Zen haiku ichimongi.

Though the eight winds blow
The moon high in the sky
Does not move

This refers to the moon as a symbol of radiant Buddha - nature that permeates all existence beyond the influence of shifting phenomenon. Reference label on the exterior reads 'Ryoun' or diamond shaped cloud. Taisho Period (1912-25).

Measuring 75" long by 18" wide.

 

12. A delightful painting inspired by the Zen tenets of spontaneity (living creatively in the moment) and the appreciation of the mundane simple pleasures of everyday life. Recognizing the Devine in this moment without searching for something beyond the relevance of the here and now. The calligraphic inscription, upper left celebrates course tea and simple rice as a feast appreciated by a guest. The bottom right refers to beauty and meaning in scholar's items. The calligraphy is skillful 'sosho' or grass writing where artistic license often obscures the possibility of literal translation. Meiji / Taisho Period.

Measuring 72" long by 22 ½" wide.