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Rimpa School Fan Painting of Pine.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1700: Item # 1117961

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Rimpa School Fan Painting of Pine.

江戸初期 金箔地松の図扇面。

The Momoyama and Keicho era in Japan can be compared to the baroque movement in Europe around the same time. Elaborate carvings decorated the palaces in Kyoto and Edo, gold embellishments and gold leaf was used often for screens, sliding door panels, and murals, and polychrome paints for the art work. Many artists such as Kano Eitoku, Hasegawa Tohaku were the early pioneers in bringing forth these trends but Tawraya Sotatsu and Ogata Korin continued this trend using the simple styles and designs that the merchant and commoner classes favored and was revived in the late 18th century through Sakai Hoitsu and related artists.

The piece presented was produced around the early to mid 17th century where folding fans used by court nobles and lords used gold leafed fans with polychromed painted images of plum flowers, pine trees, or bamboos.The piece is not signed but are very similar to examples Tawaraya Sotatsu used for his fan pieces and could have come from a fan workshop contemporary to Sotatsu's time.

The scroll is mounted using a cornflower to dark french blue with gold/silver wave pattern brocade to compliment the piece. Interestingly the scroll comes with a double box, which shows the value placed for the piece by the last collector who owned this work.

CONDITION: Since the fan comes from the 17th century, there are wears and areas that have worn off from the age, there are folds on the piece since the fan is using thicker paper and can create the creases easily but when hanging the creases slowly disappear. DIMENSIONS: Length 47.5" Width 23"

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