Landscape attributing to Shen Zhou
Late Qing Period
Size: 44.4cm x 162cm or 17.4" x 63.7"
Shen Zhou was a noted Ming Dynasty literati scholar and painter. His flowing mountains and serene landscapes became the fundamental style for many literati painters during the late Ming and Qing dynasties. The work may have been an album piece and was mounted on a scroll...
55.5cm x 183cm or 21.8" x 72"
Recent scholarship has taken interest in the subject matter of bapo, often translated as multitude of broken images. Many of these works are not collages of different images but a painting of a collage of different images. These so-called collages often depicted printed, painted, and classical materials...
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Ike Taiga (1723-1776)
Box inscription by Mizuta Chikuho (1883-1958) and letter inscribed by Taigado Sadasuke (1839-1910)
Ike Taiga, along with Oda Kaisen, Aoki Mokubei, Ike no Gyokuran, Yosa Buson, Sakaki Hyakusen, etc. were the major artists in the long line of literati painters which branches off to the Nanga school tradition later in Japanese art history...
Diameter: 5.25" height: 3"
Contemporary yet retaining an aura from the past. This tea bowl evokes a memory from the Momoyama period with works done in the Oribe, Mino, and Shino kilns where the uneven and natural shapes were revolutionary to the tradition of ceramics, changing and writing a new chapter for Japanese ceramics. The work is done by Takahashi Genki, a contemporary ceramic artist...
9"x 9"x 1"
The philosopher, Chuang Tzu was known for his contemplative stories and philosophy on life. One legend of Chuang Tzu describes where he was asleep and contemplated if the dream he had of a butterfly. He questioned of the dual realities if he was in the dream of the human form or if his dream of being a butterfly was reality. This philosophy, in some ways, relates with the modern theories in theoretical physics with certain dimensions and worlds...
Diameter : 2.5" height: 2.5"
Tea caddies are often perceived as being made from a wooden core and lacquered is coated on the caddy. However, there are other caddies that retain the wooden form, giving a separate aesthetic quality. Often, these wooden caddies are made from black persimmon, Chinese hardwoods, or fine Japanese woods...
Work emulating an original design by Nakamura Sotetsu, one of the artists, purveyor to the Sen Families
Size: Diameter : 3.25" height: 2"
The form of the koma, or the top like shape is the symbol of the Sen family which was also a symbol that the family was closely associated with the Toyotomi shogunate. The tradition began with the Ashikaga Shoguns giving their insignia to their top artists...
Okuhara Seiko (1837-1913)
Size: Height 33.2" Width 8.8"
Okuhara Seiko was part of the mainly male dominated school of Nanga and Literati paintings. Born as a daughter of a samurai from the Mito region, Seiko independently studied Ming and Qing literati paintings where she came across Fei Qinghu, a Chinese literati painter who immigrated to Japan around the 1780-1790 period and used his name Qinghu, as her artist name...
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Period: Momoyama to Edo Period
Size: height 4" diameter 2.3"
The bold lines and rough structure has been one of the few key aspects of Momoyama period tea ceramics. Examples ranging from Raku tea bowls to Oribe mukozuke dishes used for kaiseki contain an aura, only found in Japan, yet appeals even to modern audiences.
This Bizen tea container is thought to be made during this interesting period...
Age: Early to Mid Edo Period
Size: Height 49.1inchWidth 22.6inch
The Yujian Mode as some scholars in the field have argued was the source of inspiration for Japanese artist to do the abstract styles seen in ink wash landscapes. Contemporary observers and thinkers have given new interpretations that works such as these landscapes are contemporary and modern...
Huanbo Daoben (1644-1731)
Size: Length 198 cm Width 39 cm
Huangbo Daoben was possibly one of the last few Chinese monk from Fujian to immigrate to Japan to help continue the Huangboshan branch monasteries in Japan. During the 58th year of Emperor Kangxi, Doaben receives an invitation from Lingyuen to come to Japan. Daoben became abbot of Nagasaki's Soufukuji (Zhongfusi) and later established a small shrine near the temple.
Daoben was known for his sense of t...
Ko Chien Lung
Late Qing Dynasty (1870-1900) Guangxu-Xuande
Size: Length 23" Height 13"
The peach has been an ancient symbol of longevity, possibly seen as early in the Han dynasty. Peaches were not only symbols of longevity but warding off evil and had magical symbolism that spread throughout East Asia. Recent research has even found that in early Japanese societies, this idea was incorporated in a ceremonial way.
The fan painting is depicting ...
狩野晴真筆Kano Haruzane (?-1862)
size: 45.3cm x 176.5cm or 17.8" x 69.4"
Kano Haruzane was trained by the noted artist of the late Edo period, Kano Seien-in. According to existing records and documents, Haruzane was working as the court-painter for the Owari Tokugawa Clan. Kano Haruzane's origisurname was Kamiya. However, no works appear to survive with his origi...