A six-fold screen from the very late Edo period, mid 19th century. A highly spirited Maruyama school tiger from an artist known for his paintings of large, fierce beasts. Nomura Totsusai (1831-1864) died at a very young age. A Kyoto artist, he studied under Maruyama Oritsu (1817-1875). Given name Nomura Satoshi.
Painted on paper with ink and color. Gold flecks highlight the scene. It has undergone restoration at some stage during its life...
Full body Portrait of a Courtesan
Size: Scroll: Length 193cm Width 49cm Painting: Length 102cm Width 32.5cm
The simple portrait of a courtesan, dressed in a kimono with a vine pattern on the bottom area. Vine patterns became popular with lacquer and kimono designs since the 16th century and often artist used the motif contrasting it with bold colors and designs...
A wonderful image of a young woman in a snowstorm,signed/seal Eiryu.Technique: ink and color on paper, mounting light olive green textile and ichimonji of white with golden flowers. Size 182cm-69cm or 71.5inch-27.2inch and roller ends wood. Although this scroll is an impressive piece of art work, the condition is not very good, paper repairs, soiled spots, see pic's
A six-fold calligraphy screen by the Kyoto writer and calligrapher Matsumura Kando. Broad, confident brush-strokes in rich sumi ink on silver leaf combine for a stunning decorative effect. This one is a poem by the Chinese artist Bao Feng (723-790): ''In the court, hundreds of warblers chirp, their wings woven together like brocade, while thousands of willows display their yellow green branches.'' (Chinese character translations available)...
A six-fold calligraphy screen by the Kyoto writer and calligrapher Matsumura Kando.
Broad, confident brush-strokes in rich sumi ink on silver leaf combine for a stunning decorative effect. This poem was likely written by an ancient Chinese poet though we haven't identified it yet: ''Thick dewdrops form fresh and pure, As wind blows through the garden full of golden plants fragrant and verdant.'' (Chinese character translations available)...
Falcon hunting samurai with his servant, sign/seal Ikkei Ukita born 1795 active
1815-1859.Technique ink and color on silk. Mounting blue silk with flowers, Ichimonji and futai beige with golden flowers. size: 186cm-54cm or 73.2inch-21.2inch. Roller ends black lacquered wood.The condition of this painting is very good,some slight foxing top of the mounting.
a fine painting of Ebizu protector of the fishermen. Sealed but painter unknown, probably late Tosa school (end nineteenth century).Technique ink and color on silk,mounting blue silk with flowers and branches motif. Ichimonji and futai purple red with golden leaves and branches. Size: 132cm-62cm or 52inch-24.5inch. Top and bottom of the mounting raw silk. roller ends wood, the scroll is in good condition.
In China since ancient times images of fine horses have symbolized military power and authority. Most commonly shown tethered to trees and casually grazing they are thought to intimate times when the empire was at peace. In Japan, horses tethered in stables became a popular motif during the Muromachi era, though perhaps connoting a samurai's pride at his fine team of horses...
Origin - Japan
Era - Mid Edo period, 18th century
Size - Paper: 75.0 x 34.5cm (29.5 x 13.6in)
/ Total: 139.7 x 52cm (55 x 20.5in)
Roller ends - Wood
Refined free and easy improvised hand painting of immortal (hsien, sennin) only in sumi, composed of only the speed and the gradation by skillful and imaginative brushstroke, by unidentified great painter.
In fine ...
Japanese six-panel Tosa school screen with breathtaking paintings of the Kyoto region. It has gilded clouds that are separating and partially obscuring the many different scenes and activities. The paintings are so detailed and vibrant and truly capture how bustling life would have been in Kyoto. It is edged in blue woven fabric with green and gold dragons and flowers. Meiji period (1867-1912) . Estate of Horn.
Size: 67.75" height, 150" wide
Pair of Antique Japanese Monk Portraits. There is a reflection at the top of the painting on the left that makes it look like the mounting is cut off diagonally several inches from the top of the frame. Again, this is just a reflection, and the mounting is complete and is the same size as the painting on the right. As to be expected in paintings of this age, there are tears and loss in both paintings, including two long tears across the top of the painting on the right...
A striking ink tiger by the Nagasaki School artist Watanabe Shusen (1736-1824). Famed for his depictions of tigers, he is the seventh head of the Nagasaki School of Art founded by Watanabe Shuseki (1639-1707). Shuseki studied directly under the Chinese priest So Itsuzen who arrived in Nagasaki in 1645.
Painted with ink on paper the work is in good to very good condition. It has just been remounted using the existing brocade. One repair to the paper has been made through the upper seal...
The dog pictured is a Russian hound or perhaps a saluki. Although by an artist of the Kano school the work shows strong Nagasaki or Nanpin school influences; the prominent foreground positioning of the subject, extreme detail, rich decorative coloring and also the exotic nature of the subject itself. The basis for this style was the particular type of Ming dynasty bird and flower painting brought from China to Japan in the 18th century by Shen Nanpin (Shen Quan)...
A painting by Hanabusa Itcho (1652-1724) depicting Tengu training in swordsmanship on the branches of a cedar tree. Sojobo, the king of tengu sits atop the tree instructing his disciples. Sojobo lives on Mount Kurama in the north of Kyoto. It is along the path between Kurama and Kibune that the tengu are believed to train...
Very rare sumie drawing on three sheets of paper, mounted as a scroll painting. On the bottom the date Anei 8 (1779), year of the boar is mentioned. On the bottom also a red collector's seal, partially readable (Owari Ito ... ). Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Painted area: 15.5 x 23.25 inches. Mounting: 39.5 x 27 inches.
Needs tlc. Top edge with stains and missing areas. Bottom of drawing creased and cracked open, with small missing spots in the paper.
Antique painting of Hotei/Budai/The Laughing Buddha, standing with a walking stick, and four seated people. They are all observing the sky as what appears to be another Buddha or deity floats on a heavenly cloud, who wears a beautiful robe with gold detailing. Set behind glass and framed, 17th/18th century.
Size: (entire frame) 19" height, 16.25" width (painting only) 9.5" height, 7.75" width
Beautiful antique painting of Hotei (also known as Budi or the Laughing Buddha), possibly depicted in his Dharmalaya body. He is shown sitting comfortably on a wooden bridge as men and women in gold straw hats walk by. Hotei is one of the Seven Lucky Gods in Japanese culture and is revered for his happiness and the luck that he brings. Set in glass and framed, 17th/18th century.
Size: (entire frame) 19" height, 16.5" width (painting only) 9.5" height, 7.5" width
A very impressing scroll painting, sign/seal Hogen Tansaku hitsu. Tsurusawa Tansaku (?-1797)the early teacher of Maruyama Okyo
Technique ink on paper,mounting paper.Ichimonji dark gray silk with golden flowers.Size: 199cm-65cm or 76 inch-25.5 inch.Roller ends wood. The condition of this scroll is very good.