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Nomura Totsusai (1831-1864) - Maruyama tiger

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1274036

Nomura Totsusai (1831-1864) - Maruyama tiger
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SALE, was $9,000 

A six-fold screen from the very late Edo period, mid 19th century.áA 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. At that time quite a lot of holes caused by insects were attended too. These are generally restricted to the extreme panels of the screen and around the hinges. They are a mild distraction but have been professionally fixed. The screen retains its integrity. The screen measures 67'' by 148'' (171 by 377 cm).


17c - Tethered horse & cherry blossoms

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1700   item# 1274035

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

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 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).


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

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1274034

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


17c - One Hundred Boys screen pair

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1700   item# 1274033

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

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. 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).


Mochizuki Gyokusen (1673-1755) - Bamboo

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800   item# 1274032

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

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. 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.


Inoue Shoho (b.1887) - Pines and waves

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920   item# 1274031

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

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 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).


Kishi Ganku (1749/56-1838) - Tiger

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1274030

Kishi Ganku (1749/56-1838) - Tiger
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SALE, was $3,200 

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 tiger by the Kishi school master, Ganku. He painted a large number of tigers throughout his lifetime and this is quite a fine example. A comparable tiger by Ganku resides in the MFA Boston as part of the Fenollosa-Weld Collection. Painted on silk with ink the work is in good condition. There is light foxing in the upper field and a couple of vertical stains through the painting. It is framed with Edo period brocade. The image measures 42'' by 16'' (107 by 41''). The scroll measures 75'' by 20'' (190 by 50 cm). The first part of Kishi Ganku's life is less well documented than the second part. Both 1749 and 1756 are given as his birthdates. It is thought that he went to Kyoto to study painting in 1773. It is certain he became an official of the Imperial Household, serving Prince Arisugawa, and was appointed Echizen-no-suke, honorary governor of Echizen in 1804. From 1809 to 1813 he lived in Kanazawa, and in the last decades of his life he lived in Iwakura, North of Kyoto. Artistically speaking he first started Kano painting, then painting in the Chinese manner of Shen Nanpin. Later, under the influence of the Maruyama and Shij˘ schools of painting he developed his own style of painting, a rough and vigorous style, and founded the Kishi school. He is mostly admired for his animal paintings, and he specialized in tiger paintings. He had a number of gifted pupils, Kishi Gantai, Kishi Ganry˘ (who was later adopted by him) and Kishi Renzan, to name but a few.


Shiokawa Bunrin (1808-1877) - Fireflies

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1274029

Shiokawa Bunrin (1808-1877) - Fireflies
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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 gently illuminating the surrounding reeds and stream by Shiokawa Bunrin (1808-1877). 19th century Shijo school painters made the depiction of fireflies their own though none more so than Bunrin. Works by the artist of fireflies illuminating riverscapes at dusk are held in numerous international museums. This work is an interesting departure from these forms, capturing the subtle atmospheric glow just as dusk is beginning to descend. The fireflies are active yet their radiance is muted by the remaining light. Painted with ink and color on silk the work is in good, original condition. One spot is present in the lower-middle field. The lovely brocade is original to the work. The image measures 49'' by 20'' (124 by 50 cm). The scroll measures 76'' by 25'' (194 by 63 cm). Shiokawa Bunrin (1801-1877) was a key figure in the mid 19th century Shijo tradition. Bunrin studied under Okamoto Toyohiko (1773-1845). His influence reached strongly into the 20th century through his student Kono Bairei and further into his students, principal amongst them Tsuji Kako and Takeuchi Seiho.


Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) - Bats & crescent moon

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1273551

Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818) - Bats & crescent moon
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SALE, was $1,800 

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 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.


Kano Sanenobu (fl.1854-1860) - Ink landscape

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1273550

Kano Sanenobu (fl.1854-1860) - Ink landscape
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SALE, was $3,800 

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 mid 19th century Kano school summer landscape depicting a fishing village in rain. Painted with ink on silk, highlighted with washes of gold. The painting has just been remounted and is in very good condition. The image measures 22'' by 33'' (56 by 85 cm). The scroll measures 58'' by 38'' (149 by 98 cm). The signature reads Kano Kyusei Fujiwara Sanenobu. The top seal reads Sanenobu, the lower seal Kyusei. He is the son of Kano Tomonobu. His exact dates are unknown although he is known to have been most active during the Ansei era, 1854-1860. A pair of six-fold ink plum screens were presented to the Netherlands (presumably around their time of painting in 1854) and are currently held in the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden. They were exhibited in Japan in 2007 in an exhibition titled Biombo. The British museum also holds a pair of scrolls by the artist.

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