Ink bird and flower painting. A pair of seasonal birds called penduline tits perch on a willow tree depicted with blooming camellia. This bird and flower are commonly seen in winter in Kyushu area or southern part of Japan, where Chikuden often enjoyed traveling. Painted with ink on paper. Signed Chikuden and sealed. Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835) was a Japanese painter of Edo period. He studied Confucianism as well as poetry and painting. He often mingled with the literati active during Bunka and Bunsei period in Edo era. He is known for his depictions of nature, often melancholic in style.
The piece is accompanied by a paulownia wood storage box inscribed by Chokunyu, who was a prominent artist and an adopted stepchild of Chikuden, authenticating the painting. The painting is in good condition with only light marks present, as well as there is a light damage on the mounting itself. The scroll wears ivory end. (The scroll end can be replaced with different material one upon request. Please contact about this)
Painting: 12 1/4” x 44 3/8” (31.0cm x 112.5cm)
Scroll: 17 5/8” x 73 5/8” (44.5cm x 187.0cm)