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Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944) - Hanging scroll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920   item# 1229047 (stock# 2241)

Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944) - Hanging scroll
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$2750 

Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944)
Hanging scroll
Japan, 20th century
Ink and color on silk

At my home
the beautiful moon
in tips of a persimmon tree.

Kodojin was born in the small town of Shingu in rural Wakayama Prefecture. Although he became so skilled in Chinese poetry that he published a collection of verse while in his twenties, Kodojin switched to making modern-style haiku after becoming a follower of Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) in 1889. Writing under his haijin name, Haritsu, Kodojin frequently published haiku in poetry magazines in the late Meiji period, and he became widely known as Shiki's disciple. In the last thirty years of his life, he again wrote Chinese verse and began to paint distinctive literati landscapes signed with his painting name, Kodojin. He also made simple paintings of plants and flowers that emphasized his dramatic brushwork and inscriptions of Chinese poetry. Kodojin was one of the earliest admirers of Tomita Keisen, who possessed a similar taste of unusual compositions and unconventional brushwork. Although the details of Kodojin's patronage remain unclear, a great many of his paintings are exquisitely mounted, suggesting that his works were acquired by wealthy collectors. - Cf. Morioka, Michiyo and Paul Berry: Modern Masters of Kyoto.



Nakajima Kaho (1866-1939) - Hanging Scroll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920   item# 1229037 (stock# 2246)

Nakajima Kaho (1866-1939) - Hanging Scroll
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$2250 

Nakajima Kaho (1866-1939)
Hanging Scroll
Japan, Edo Period
Ink on paper

"I look like a ghost
with the umbrella borrowed from the temple
In the cold rain."
Kaho studied painting under Mori Kansai (1814-1892) and calligraphy under Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924). In his early years Kaho was gifted painter in the Maruyama-Shijo tradition. From the late 1910s onwards he preferred to follow the paths of the 18th century painters Rosetsu (1754-1799) Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800) and Yosa Buson (1716-1783).



Mugaku Bun'eki (1818-1897) - Scroll Painting

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1229036 (stock# 2205)

Mugaku Bun'eki (1818-1897) - Scroll Painting
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$3500 

Mugaku Bun'eki (1818-1897)
Scroll Painting
Japan, 19th century
Ink on paper

It took him quite a while to settle down. From the age of sixteen he led a nomadic lifestyle, not uncommon among Zen monks, and was drifting from one master to the next, from one monastic position to another.
Mugaku Bun’eki finally was appointed abbot of Myoshin-ji in 1874. This appointment was renewed three times before he died in 1897.
Seki Mugaku, an alternate name of Bun’eki, was ordained by Tangen Toi (d. 1855), the abbot at Seitai-ji, who was the successor of Gibon Sengai (1750–1837), a prominent Zen artist and a versatile calligrapher himself.
Mugaku’s roaming was interrupted by longer stays at Kousei-ji in Bizen, at Gyokusho-ji in Izumo. He then moved to Bairin-ji to study under Sozan Genkyo (1779-1866) who was and still is well known for his expressive calligraphy. Upon Sozan's death, under his successor, Razan Genma (1815-1867), from whom he received the spiritual certification (inka). Razan was at least as capable as an artist as his predecessor.
It is sometimes difficult to get a sense for the reasons for a monk’s wanderings. But in the case of Mugaku it seems obvious that this itinerary was driven by art: He was Sengai’s disciple, then Tangen's, then Sozan's and later Ranzan's. Although less pictorial than all of his teachers, Mugaku has developed an individual style, expression and remarkable language of the brush.

The poem reads: "A bamboo (pipe) leads water toward my place."



Nukina Kaioku (1778-1863) - Hanging Scroll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1229034 (stock# 2200)

Nukina Kaioku (1778-1863) - Hanging Scroll
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$1250 

Nukina Kaioku (1778-1863)
Hanging Scroll
Japan, Edo Period
Ink on paper

As a literatus he was a role model, an archetypical scholar-artist: He was a teacher of Chinese Confucian studies at the Shuseido Academy that he founded in Kyoto and a highly accomplished poet, calligrapher and painter in the Chinese literati style. The wooden box in which his scroll is stored shows the inscription of an other artist: Mochizuki Gyokusen (1834-1912). The inscription is dated to mid-fall 1862.
Gyokusen was 28, Kaioku 84. Supposedly this calligraphy was a token of friendship given to the young artist. As Kaioku was at the end of his own career and Gyokusen at its beginning (soon later he became one of the leading Kyoto artists of his period) the scroll might also have been a legacy of some sort. But what does this legacy consist of? The calligraphy reads: "Medetaku kashiku".
This is a stereotypical phrase used at the end of letters and mostly by women and it is written in Hiragana. It is not a Chinese phrase taken from one of the classic texts and written in Chines characters. Somehow this simple calligraphy seems to challenge his entire artistic life which was based on the adaption of Chinese culture.
Signed (Suo) and sealed.



Takahashi Deishu (1835-1903) - Hanging Scroll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1910   item# 1229032 (stock# 2196)

Takahashi Deishu (1835-1903) - Hanging Scroll
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$1750 

Takahashi Deishu (1835-1903)
Hanging Scroll
Japan, Meiji Period
Ink on paper

Takahashi Deishu, Yamaoka Tesshu’s (1836–1888) brother-in-law, was born in Edo as a member of the Yamaoka samurai clan, but was later adopted by marriage into the Takahashi family. Deishű, a vassal of the shogunate, was famed for his skill as a spearman, which he learnt from his grandfather.
Deishu served as a minister in the district of Ise and was an important figure in the last days of the Tokugawa government. He retired from public life soon after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 in order to devote himself to poetry, calligraphy, and painting.

Standing high
in the great sky
the peak of Fuji
also inseparable
from the earth.



Tomioka Haruko (1847-1940) - Hanging Scroll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920   item# 1229025 (stock# 2152)

Tomioka Haruko (1847-1940) - Hanging Scroll
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$1800 

Tomioka Haruko (1847-1940)
Hanging Scroll
Japan, Meiji Period
Ink on paper

Out where it is
gradually brightening
I see them
at once bowing low and paying homage
to the (new) year and the gods.

Explanation
This is not by Haruko Tomioka, unless the signature, which seems to say Chousei, is one of her artist's names. This poem is written between sacred Shinto ropes called shimenawa, appearing on the box lid as.
Though the New Year's Day is not explicitly mentioned, the scroll bears that atmosphere.
Scroll painting from the hand of Tomioka Haruko, wife of Tomioka Tessai.
Sasaki Haruko was born into a Samurai family in Iyo (today Ehime Prefecture) the third daughter of a Sasaki Tei. In 1872 she married Tomioka Tessai.



Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) - Hanging Scroll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1095593 (stock# 795)

Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841)  - Hanging Scroll
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$950, free shipping 

Hanging Scroll by Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841)
Origin: Japan
Period: Edo Period
Material: Ink on paper
Size: H: 50.6cm; L: 58cm

Flower and rock arragement, signed Kazan Gaishi Noboru; sealed Noboru and Watanabe Noboru.
Apart from his great reputation as a painter Watanabe Kazan was equally known as a pioneer in Western studies in Japan and as a cultural and national hero who was forced to commit suicide by the Tokugawa government in 1841. Kazan first studied painting with Kaneko Kinryo (1756-1817) and then with Tani Buncho (1763-1840) and showed an endless curiosity and willingness to try new styles and methods.

The mounting appears to date from the mid to late 19th century, and the painting is worn in a manner which indicates it was unmounted for some time before this was applied or removed and remounted here.
Two collector's seals on the back of the mounting.
Mounting: 128.5 x 63.5 cm
Wooden box
Reference:
On Watanabe Kazan, see: Dombrady, Géza Siegfried: Watanabe Kazan, ein japanischer Gelehrter des 19. Jahrhunderts, Hamburg (Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens) 1968.



Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) - Scroll with Poem Sheet

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1080039 (stock# R1521)

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) - Scroll with Poem Sheet
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$1450 

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
Hanging Scroll, Poem Sheet
Ink on paper
H: 36 cm (14 1/6 inch), W: 6 cm (2 1/3 inch)

Poem:
"Spring at a Mountain Hermitage"
Who resides here?
In branches of plum
twittering birds
all else hidden -
deep mountain mist.

Mounting: 146 x 22.5 cm
Wooden box

On Rengetsu, see:
Black robe white mist: art of the Japanese Buddhist nun Rengetsu, National Gallery of Australia exhibition catalogue, Melanie Eastburn, Lucie Folan, Robyn Maxwell (ed.), 2007



Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) - Scroll with Poem Sheet

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1080036 (stock# R1520)

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) - Scroll with Poem Sheet
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$1450 

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
Hanging Scroll, Poem Sheet
Ink on paper
H: 36 cm (14 1/6 inch), W: 6 cm (2 1/3 inch)

Poem:
"Mountain Mist"
White clouds
drift about
the peak of Mount Fuji
far below -
deep spring mist.

Mounting: 146 x 22.5 cm
Wooden box

On Rengetsu, see:
Black robe white mist: art of the Japanese Buddhist nun Rengetsu, National Gallery of Australia exhibition catalogue, Melanie Eastburn, Lucie Folan, Robyn Maxwell (ed.), 2007



Gathered Writings (Yosegaki), seven Artists

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920   item# 1001168 (stock# 788)

Gathered Writings (Yosegaki), seven Artists
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$450, free shipping 

Japan, Showa Period - c. 1940
ink on paper
H: 65 cm, W: 33.2 cm

This painting was done by seven different artists. It appears that they are all in their 60s doing this in what is referred to as Kanreki - the 60th year being an auspicious year.
Right top: woman standing with a bird tied from a pole by Eiji
Below: In morning and evening, serve the gods with vigor.
You attain
The celebrations of your sixtieth birthday.
by Asako (or Chôshi)
Middle top: Celebrate Mr. Takagi’s sixtieth birthday
High atop Mt. Fuji
Left top: On a snowy night (?), you have reached sixty,
You are comparable to a green pine green at eighty.
Tôkô
Left middle: Spring is still early
Until the sixtieth birthday
There are still five or six years left.
Seal: Shôkô (or Koharu?) (not clearly identifiable)
Right bottom: Môku, seal
Passing over sixty years, boyish-face is red
(with) a red hood.
Middle bottom: Surrouded in virtue of the sixtieth birthday in the garden of the gods.
seal: unidentifiable (Kinshuku Ukô)
Respectfully celebrate, [by] Ukô
Left bottom:Congratulations on your sixtieth birthday Mr. Takagi, [by] Akito
At an age close to that when old people are discarded
Your precious body is an offering to the gods.

Gathered writings (yosegaki): a collection of autographs with some drawings, poems and phrases by several people on a sheet of paper or fabric, or in a blank book. It is generally done to commemorate a wedding, major birthday, graduation or send off.


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