The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Antique Japanese Hand Painted Silk Doors, Moon & Birds


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1940: Item # 1329984

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A set of four Tokonoma alcove doors mounted with silk paintings featuring a flight of birds before the waxing moon. They are signed Shunka-saku followed by a Hashira style stamp. Each door is roughly 29 x 47 cm (inches). The doors are mounted in black lacquer with excellent quality hand-forged bronze handles. They are made to fit an opening 28 x 186 cm (inches) indicating they were made for a Kyo-ma sized house. There are minor abrasions typical of age and use, but are in overall fine condition. They could be mounted on a wall in the manner of a single long painting, perfect for over a sofa, or a great addition to a tatami room for the ambitious architect.
Traditional tatami sizes varied by location, and Kyo-ma (literally Kyoto spacing) were typically a few inches larger than the more crowded industrial cities. Currently standard size for a tatami still varies between 90 x 180 and 91 x 182 cm.
Sasaki Shunka (b. 1897) studied the maruyama school of “Shasei” (painting from life) in Kyoto under Yamamoto Shunkyo. He was exhibited at the Teiten and Bunten National Exhibitions.