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11. Kano School Imperial Court Fan The fan-format painting was one of the principle means of providing gifts to family members and valued friends. The paintings were so prized that often when the wood supports began to age, the fan was removed and preserved in an album. Circa 1720.

Measuring 17" high by 27 ¾" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

12. A dynamic antique Japanese three dimensional sculpted wood rendering of a powerful study of dancing waves, the composition flowing effortlessly across the panel. This large architectural work of art is traditionally referred to as a ranma, which were prominently placed in an affluent household in the transom between rooms, above the fusuma (sliding doors) and below the ceiling. Their openwork designs allowed air to circulate and often at sunrise and sunset they offered a play of silhouettes in the adjacent room. Both sides were equally refined in detail, however, there is a front and back to the sculpted tableau where orientation was determined by the significance of the rooms. Mid-19th century.

Measuring 22” high by 66” wide.

 

         
         
 
 

13. An antique Japanese carved wood ‘Ranma’ with a classic landscape rendering of the famous Gojo Bridge on a full moon night. Ranma were architectural works of art used as a transom between rooms above the fusuma and below the ceiling. Their openwork designs allowed air to circulate and often, when the sun was low, they offered a play of silhouettes that were cast through the adjacent room. Each side of this Ranma exhibits a beautiful composition that is equally detailed. Keyaki, circa 1880.

Measuring 23" high by 75 ¼” wide.

 

         
         
 
 

14. An Edo Period Japanese Scroll painting mounted in gaku (screen style). The painting depicts a classical portrait of Kwan Yin or Kannon, Goddess of Compassion, seated in the posture of royal ease on a kang beneath a flowering plum tree. On the kang is a phoenix censor and various auspicious items, including a bundle of scrolls, symbol of wisdom. Before her stands a young attendant offering her the peaches of the genii, the fruit of immortality. Gesso and mineral pigments on silk. Circa 1780's.

Measuring 56 ¼" high by 28 ¼" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

15. An extraordinary Taoist priest's robe with a taupe satin silk ground embellished in couched gold and satin stitch emblems of Celestial Dragons and Kylins (Chinese Unicorn) rising above a primordial sea where Sacred Tortoises offer wisdom texts and the sword that cuts through ignorance. The sleeves are of embroidered and couched gold Phoenix Birds carrying sacred scrolls above golden waves and peony blossoms. In ancient China, people considered the kylin, the phoenix, the tortoise and the dragon as sagacious animals, calling them the 'Four Deities' as the symbol of propitious omen. Mounted and preserved in a custom silk and gilt wood frame. Middle 1800's.

Measuring 66 ½" high by 86 ½" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

16. Cats and Magpies beneath a Fir Tree

A rare antique Korean painting possessing an aesthetic of compelling directness that is so unique to this tradition of art. The dynamic quality that is recognized in Korean painting is largely attributed to the pervading presence of animism in the culture where the belief that animals, birds, fish, tress, mountains, rocks are imbued with sentient spirit. Here a family of very happy cats symbolize the joys on connubial bliss. They are blessed by the visitation of Magpies, the messengers of good fortune; all in the presence of an old bifurcated fir tree, a symbol of longevity and fortitude. Joseon Dynasty - early 1800's.

Measuring 45" high by 35 ¾" wide, including custom framing.

 

         
         
 
 

17. An exquisite pair of fine silk and gold kossu, the most ethereal of all tapestry art forms. This pair is striking for their red ground with royal blue and gold borders. The interior panels depicting auspicious symbols and classic scenes of Immortals in Taoist Paradise. Chia Ching 1796-1820.

Measuring 37 ¼" high by 16" wide, framed.

 
         
         
 
 

18. A commanding antique Chinese Dragon robe. The royal blue and gold court robe is created with the metallic threads meticulously woven within the silk ground creating a dynamic depiction of Dragons rising above a primordial sea surrounded by auspicious symbols of the eight treasures, the bats of happiness and the sacred crane of longevity. The collar and hoof form wrist bands are of a black silk ground with woven gold Dragons and symbols. The retractable sleeves are of black silk with bands of couched gold overlay. Retractable sleeves were worn by members of the Imperial Court to cover the hands completely during formal observances. The buttons are made of sculpted gilt bronze and are the originals that would have been made for this robe. China, circa 1870.

Measuring 53 ½" long.

 

         
         
 
 

19. "Moon Festival"

A rare antique Chinese oil painting depicting the women and children of a Chinese household celebrating the festival of the full moon. The artist has masterfully captured the nuance of light and shadow, gently illuminating his subjects with moonlight and candles. There is an atmosphere of both mystery and delight in this captivating composition. China, circa 1820.

Measuring 30 ¼" high by 42 ¼" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

20. An exceptional antique Japanese "kanban" (shop sign) in the sculpted form of a large gilded saké cask with a surround of twisted rope bindings and bold calligraphic inscription bearing the name of the brewery "Hanaguni". The surface has further carved details of plum blossoms (likely produced plum wine as well), awards seals and proclamations heralding the quality and fame of their libations. Meiji Period (1867-1912).

Measuring approx. 26" high by 24" wide by 6" deep.