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Inoue Shoho (b.1887) - Pines and waves

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920   item# 1279039

Inoue Shoho (b.1887) - Pines and waves
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SALE, was $12,500 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK REGARDING OUR TEMPORARY CLOSING SALE. IN RESPONSE WE PLAN TO EXTEND THE SALE TO THE 15TH OF JANUARY, AT WHICH POINT ZEN-ZEN0.COM WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE ITS DOORS. SELECTED ITEMS WILL BE EVEN FURTHER DISCOUNTED DURING THIS FINAL PERIOD. A pair of six-fold screens from the early 20th century featuring dramatic pine trees by the seashore. Painted with ink on hand-beaten silver leaf the screens are in very good original condition in all respects. Each screen measures 150'' by 69'' (380 by 174 cm). Inoue Shoho, born 1887 in Nagasaki. He is known for his landscapes and bird and flower works. Shoho studied under Taba Shorei who in turn was a student of Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933).


Mochizuki Gyokusen (1673-1755) - Bamboo

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800   item# 1279038

Mochizuki Gyokusen (1673-1755) - Bamboo
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SALE, was $3,200 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK REGARDING OUR TEMPORARY CLOSING SALE. IN RESPONSE WE PLAN TO EXTEND THE SALE TO THE 15TH OF JANUARY, AT WHICH POINT ZEN-ZEN0.COM WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE ITS DOORS. SELECTED ITEMS WILL BE EVEN FURTHER DISCOUNTED DURING THIS FINAL PERIOD. An 18th century ink painting of bamboo by the founder of the Mochizuki school. It is accompanied by a poetic inscription by an unknown artist. Painted on paper the work is in very good condition. It has recently been re-framed and presents very nicely. The image measures 16'' by 21'' (40 by 55 cm). The scroll measures 48'' by 22'' (122 by 57 cm). Mochizuki Gyokusen (1673-1755). The founder of the Kyoto based Mochizuki school of painting. He originally studied under Tosa Mitsunari before concentrating on Chinese styles of the Yuan and Ming dynasties. Later he turned to the style of Kano Motonobu. Surviving works by the artist are quite rare.


17c - Tethered horse & cherry blossoms

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1700   item# 1279037

17c - Tethered horse & cherry blossoms
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SALE, was $5,800 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK REGARDING OUR TEMPORARY CLOSING SALE. IN RESPONSE WE PLAN TO EXTEND THE SALE TO THE 15TH OF JANUARY, AT WHICH POINT ZEN-ZEN0.COM WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE ITS DOORS. SELECTED ITEMS WILL BE EVEN FURTHER DISCOUNTED DURING THIS FINAL PERIOD. 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. In this unique Japanese painting a horse is tethered to a blooming cherry tree in full battle regalia, its master noticeably absent. In the empty space a poem has been inscribed which has so far eluded our attempts at translation. Undoubtably it would shed light on the artist's intentions; perhaps referencing the samurai's fleeting life to the blossoms on a cherry tree. Both the painter and the poet/calligrapher remain anonymous. The painting dates to the 17th century. Painted on paper with ink, color and gofun. It is in fair condition. It has undergone many repairs over its lifetime which have basically dealt with paper losses. The work has also been somewhat reduced in size which has interfered with the artist's signature and seal. The mounting is quite new and the work displays well. The image measures 14'' by 20'' (35 by 50 cm). The scroll measures 53.5'' by 25'' (136 by 64 cm).


17c - One Hundred Boys screen pair

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1700   item# 1279036

17c - One Hundred Boys screen pair
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SALE, was $10,800 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK REGARDING OUR TEMPORARY CLOSING SALE. IN RESPONSE WE PLAN TO EXTEND THE SALE TO THE 15TH OF JANUARY, AT WHICH POINT ZEN-ZEN0.COM WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE ITS DOORS. SELECTED ITEMS WILL BE EVEN FURTHER DISCOUNTED DURING THIS FINAL PERIOD. in Chinese, Korean and Japanese art the theme of 'one hundred boys' or 'one hundred children' represents the hope for familial happiness and an abundance of children. In Japan sets of screens such as these were traditionally presented as part of the bride's dowry. Although unsigned the artist would have been affiliated with an atelier of the Tosa school. Dating to the second half of the 17th century this small pair of six-fold screens are in reasonable condition and display well. The right screen is actually in good condition with the left having had some fairly rudimentary repairs in the past. They have been painted with ink, pigment and gofun on a ground of gold leaf. Each screen stands 26'' high and measures 85'' across (66 by 217 cm).


Yamada Dosetsu (fl. 1830-1844) - Russian hound

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1279035

Yamada Dosetsu (fl. 1830-1844) - Russian hound
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SALE, was $6,800 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK REGARDING OUR TEMPORARY CLOSING SALE. IN RESPONSE WE PLAN TO EXTEND THE SALE TO THE 15TH OF JANUARY, AT WHICH POINT ZEN-ZEN0.COM WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE ITS DOORS. SELECTED ITEMS WILL BE EVEN FURTHER DISCOUNTED DURING THIS FINAL PERIOD. 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). Exotic western animals were first brought to Japan aboard the Portuguese black ships during the 16th century and are commonly depicted in folding screens of the era though far less realistically than in this case. The model for this hound would have been based on a painting or sketch by a Chinese artist brought in to the port of Nagasaki or even a European copperplate engraving and etching. Painted with ink and pigments on silk the work is in good condition. Some pigment losses and small marks are visible. It presents very nicely with Edo period brocade. The image measures 39'' by 14'' (100 by 35 cm). The scroll measures 74'' by 17'' (184 by 44 cm). Yamada Dosetsu (fl. 1830-1844). The signature reads Dosetsu Yoshitatsu. Dosetsu's real name is Yoshitatsu Dosetsu. He lived in Edo and was a student of Kano Torin Yoshinobu (1781-1820). Torin headed the Saruyamachi branch of the Kano school.


Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) - Bat and moon

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1279031

Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) - Bat and moon
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SALE, was $1,800 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK REGARDING OUR TEMPORARY CLOSING SALE. IN RESPONSE WE PLAN TO EXTEND THE SALE TO THE 15TH OF JANUARY, AT WHICH POINT ZEN-ZEN0.COM WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE ITS DOORS. SELECTED ITEMS WILL BE EVEN FURTHER DISCOUNTED DURING THIS FINAL PERIOD. A Maruyama-Shijo painter Yamaguchi Soken has brushed a pair of bats in front of a crescent moon. The bat is a sign of good luck as its name in Chinese is homophonous with fortune. Bats are commonly paired with images of the moon, the essence of the female yin. For examples of the subject brushed in ink by other artists of the Maruyama-Shijo school see A Brush with Animals - Japanese Paintings 1700-1950, published in 2008. Painted with ink on paper the work is in good condition. There are a couple of re-backed insect holes. The work displays well, it was re-mounted perhaps mid 20th century. Light creasing is present in the painting. The image measures 11'' by 18.5'' (28 by 47 cm). The scroll measures 46'' by 23'' (116 by 59 cm). Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) is regarded as one of Maruyama Okyo's ten best pupils. A member of the Maruyama-Shijo school in Kyoto he first studied with his father Yamaguchi Sogaku. He is particularly well known for his ukiyo-e paintings and illustrated printed books. Bird and flower paintings and landscapes were also prominent within his oeuvre.


Igarashi Katei (1780-1850) - Pair of dragon screens

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1900   item# 1277033

Igarashi Katei (1780-1850) - Pair of dragon screens
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SALE, was $6,800 

AFTER 14 YEARS TRADING ONLINE AS ZEN-ZEN0 WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSING OUR DOORS. ALL STOCK WILL BE SOLD BY THE END OF 2014. IN THE NEW YEAR WE WILL RETURN AFTER A REDEVELOPMENT OF OUR ONLINE PRESENCE AND OPERATING AS KRISTAN HAUGE JAPANESE ART. A set of twelve dragon paintings by Igarashi Katei mounted on a pair of six-fold screens. They were painted in the year of the golden rat which is the 11th year of the Tenpo era, 1840. In Japan the dragon is closely associated with water, and as is the case here, is often shown emerging from vapor and clouds to produce rain. Dragons are generally considered to be aquatic, living in lakes, rivers and the sea. Dragons were also incorporated in Buddhist thought and iconography as a protector of Buddhist law. It is quite unusual to find such a grouping of dragon paintings. Perhaps they were commissioned by a temple as protective images. Rythmical and entrancing when viewed as a whole, skillful and intimate when viewed individually. The images are painted with ink on paper with gold fleck highlights. The paintings are in good overall condition. Some discoloration around the edges is present. The images are mounted on period screens of fair quality, hand-beaten gold leaf surrounded by silk brocade. Each screen measures 69'' by 141'' (175 cm by 358 cm). Each image measures 53'' by 21'' (136 cm by 54 cm). Igarashi Katei (1780-1850), originally from Niigata, was the son of the head priest of Yahata shrine. Katei's birth name is Igarashi Sagami. When Kano Baisho (who attained the rank of Hokyo) moved to Niigata Katei became his student. Katei later moved to Kyoto and studied under Kishi Ganku. At the age of 33 Katei followed his father and became a priest at a shrine. He became particularly popular as an artist from the age of 35, and in a list of Japanese artists published in 1836 Katei held the highest ranking of the Niigata area.


Konoe Nobutada (1565-1614) - Side view Daruma

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1700   item# 1277032

Konoe Nobutada (1565-1614) - Side view Daruma
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SALE, was $12,000 

AFTER 14 YEARS TRADING ONLINE AS ZEN-ZEN0 WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSING OUR DOORS. ALL STOCK WILL BE SOLD BY THE END OF 2014. IN THE NEW YEAR WE WILL RETURN AFTER A REDEVELOPMENT OF OUR ONLINE PRESENCE AND OPERATING AS KRISTAN HAUGE JAPANESE ART. Side view Daruma by Konoe Nobutada (1565-1614). The inscription reads ''The blue-eyed [barbarian] cast off relativity; Like a soaring golden bird he abandoned the world, Entering the holy path''. The ''Blue-eyed barbarian'' is Bodhidharma. The ''holy path'' refers to the Eightfold Path of orthodox Buddhism. The term ''abandon the world'' literally means ''leave home,'' to become a mendicant monk. Nobutada was one who ''stayed home,'' that is a layman. Nobutada, who suffered through many intrigues at the court, admired Bodhidharma’s abandoning of the world. And indeed, at the end of his career, Nobutada resigned his office at the court and went into retirement. Nobutada was a disciple of Zen Master Takuan, and brushed many Zenga, mostly of Tenjin and Daruma. Nobutada used rough paper, and brushed his paintings and inscriptions in the spare Zen style. Painted with ink on paper the work is in very good condition. The mounting has some insect damage, the painting some creasing. A remounting utilizing the existing brocade is a good option but certainly not essential. The image measures 30'' by 12.5'' (76 by 31.5 cm). The scroll measures 59'' by 13'' (150 by 33 cm).


19th c. - Shunga scroll

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1900   item# 1277031

19th c. - Shunga scroll
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SALE, was $2,800 

AFTER 14 YEARS TRADING ONLINE AS ZEN-ZEN0 WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSING OUR DOORS. ALL STOCK WILL BE SOLD BY THE END OF 2014. IN THE NEW YEAR WE WILL RETURN AFTER A REDEVELOPMENT OF OUR ONLINE PRESENCE AND OPERATING AS KRISTAN HAUGE JAPANESE ART. A rare and beautiful female to female erotica (shunga). Two courtesans tightly embraced whilst reading an erotic hand scroll. Hand painted with ink, color and gofun on silk. Stylistically it is based closely on the beauties of the Utagawa school, Kunisada (1786-1865) in particular. The painting is dated upon the Chinese Zodiac with the characters reading the Spring of the Fire Ox. This is a 60 year cyclical calendar so either 1817 or 1877 would be possible, the latter date certainly being more likely. The work is in good condition and presents beautifully. The image measures 34'' by 12'' (88 by 32 cm). The scroll measures 64'' by 16'' (164 by 41 cm). The artist remains anonymous, as was most likely his or her wish. Not actually of the Utagawa school though obviously a highly trained and capable artist. The signature reads Gyokuto. The top seal Gyoku, the lower To. A highly unusual and mischievous sobriquet for an artist. The characters literally read 'Tama usagi', which refers to the rabbit seen in the moon pounding mochi. More specifically it is the title of a Kabuki act. It would appear that it is a successful attempt to cloak the identity of the artist given the sensitive nature of the subject matter.


19th c. - Ducks and reeds

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1900   item# 1277030

19th c. - Ducks and reeds
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SALE, was $12,000 

AFTER 14 YEARS TRADING ONLINE AS ZEN-ZEN0 WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSING OUR DOORS. ALL STOCK WILL BE SOLD BY THE END OF 2014. IN THE NEW YEAR WE WILL RETURN AFTER A REDEVELOPMENT OF OUR ONLINE PRESENCE AND OPERATING AS KRISTAN HAUGE JAPANESE ART. A set of four 19th century sliding doors or 'fusuma' dating to the first half of the 19th century. Ducks and reeds, seasonally themed with fall giving way to winter and finally a hint of early spring with the blooming plum tree on the far left. As is often the case the doors are unsigned although they are very much in the style of Kano Eigaku (1790-1867), the ninth head of the Kyo Kano school. Eigaku greatly admired the painting styles of Sanraku and Sansetsu (both earlier heads of the Kyo Kano school) and their influence can be keenly felt in this set of doors. Eigaku's ability and influence was such that he succeeded in temporarily reviving the fortunes of the Kyo Kano school, his works becoming popular amongst all classes. The doors are in good general condition. They are in need of re-mounting and standard touch-ups. Please contact me in regards to this. The set measures 115'' across and 68'' high (293 by 174 cm).

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