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Silver lotus screen pair

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920   item# 1238090

Silver lotus screen pair
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Hawk screen pair

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1238088

Hawk screen pair
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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 fine and rare pair of two-fold hawk screens dating to the later 18th or early 19th centuries. A favorite theme of higher ranking samurai; these men saw themselves in the hawk's ruthlessness and strength. Painted on paper with ink, color and gofun the screen are in reasonable condition. Some light surface insect damage is present. The screens are bordered with Edo period Buddhist brocade. They will require new frames and backing paper. Please contact me in regards to this. Each screen measures 68.5'' by 69'' (173 by 174 cm). The signature reads Tanboku Morinao. The lower seal reads Fujiwara Morinao. We haven't uncovered his specific details although it appears highly likely that he was a member of the Kajibashi branch of the Kano school. The Kajibashi branch was headed by the direct descendants of Kano Tanyu. All successive heads of the school shared the same Chinese characters for 'Tan' and 'Mori'; Tanyu Morimichi, Tanshin Morimasa, Tanjo Moritomi, Tanrin Moriyoshi and Tanboku Morikuni (1759-1832).


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

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1237278

Kano Sanenobu (fl.1854-1860) - Ink landscape
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17c. - Tale of Genji screen

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1700   item# 1232243

17c. - Tale of Genji screen
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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 17th century screen displays a selection of scenes from the 11th century novel 'The tale of Genji' by Murasaki Shikibu. Outstanding features of this particular screen include the unusually large figures, the brilliant coloring of their kimono and the surrounding sliding doors and also the remarkable depth and resonance of the gold leaf. The sweeping, graceful composition takes us from the top right scene to Genji observing the game of Go, down along the raised walkway and finally along to the musical scene in the lower center. It has been painted with ink, color and gofun on gold leaf. The screen is in good condition for its age. It has undergone past restorations, though they have always been handled appropriately. Presently the screen is ready for display although the hinges have become a little weak. The screen stands 67'' high and measures 148'' across (170 by 377 cm).


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

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1231020

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


Suigan Shoken (1701-1769) - Hotei

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1700   item# 1222662

Suigan Shoken (1701-1769) - Hotei
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Konoe Nobutada (1565-1614) - Side view Daruma

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1700   item# 1222660

Konoe Nobutada (1565-1614) - Side view Daruma
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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. 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: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1221528

19th c. - Shunga scroll
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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 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: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1220639

19th c. - Ducks and reeds
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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 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).


Mori Kansai (1814-1894) - Puppies & bamboo

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900   item# 1219645

Mori Kansai (1814-1894) - Puppies & bamboo
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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 Maruyama school set of sliding doors (fusuma) of puppies playing under bamboo by the distinguished artist Mori Kansai (1814-1894). Painted with ink on paper the doors are very recently restored and remounted. The restoration was quite extensive with the doors having suffered a lot of insect and other damage. Beatifully presented with high gloss black lacquered frames and silver coated door pulls. Each door stands 69'' high and the set of four measure 106'' across (176 cm by 270 cm). Mori Kansai was born in Hagi, the conservative Chōchu stronghold (Yamaguchi pref.) as Ishida Kōshuku. After training with a local artist, and a period in Edo, he moved to Osaka in 1831 to study with Mori Tetsuzan, who adopted him when he married his daughter in 1838. Subsequently Tetsuzan sent him to Kyoto where he was successful as a professional artist in the Maruyama school. In the 60s he got involved in the political activism of the Sonnō Jōi Movement. After the Meiji restoration this added to his reputation and prominent position as an artist-statesman. Mori Kansai was a distinguished representative of the Maruyama school, but he did not take part in its modernisation. He led a literati lifestyle, presiding over the activities of the Joun-sha Kyoto painting circle after the death of Shiokawa Bunrin in 1877. He studied Nanga style painting all his life, which shows most clearly in his later work. Kansai was master in a variety of techniques, including ink painting. He is said to have painted directly without any preliminary sketches. His best known pupils are Yamamoto Shunkyo and his adopted son Mori Yūzan. In 1893, celebrating his 80th birthday an exhibition of more than 600 of his works was held in Kyoto. Yet now not many of his works are known. He died in 1894. Text courtesy of Eric van den Ing: Sarugallery.com.

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