An exquisite bird and flower painting features a Java sparrow rests on a branch in resurrection lily. Circa early Edo period, early 17th Century. This delicate painting is executed on paper with ink and pigments. The both Java sparrow and the flower are not native to Japan, but they were imported as early as 17th century from China, when the artist was a official painter to the Tokugawa shogunate. Little is known about the artist: Kano Koi (-1636), identified as such by a seal at lower left, he was a follower of Kano Mitsunobu, an influential artist of the Kanō school of Japanese painting. Kano Koi was famed for his prominent artist skills and known that he was a master of Kano big three brothers of Kano Tanyu, Kano Naonobu and Kano Yasunobu.
Some marks and crease and light damage are present on the painting and mounting due to its great age, otherwise it is in good condition with patina. The piece is accompanied by an old paulownia wood storage box.
Painting: 16 1/4” x 18 5/8” (41.0cm x 47.0cm)
Scroll: 20 7/8” x 52 3/8” (53.0cm x 133.0cm)