Hanging scroll. Three toads personify war lords waging war against each other, mounted on snails and suzumushi, while ants, bees, spiders, suzumushi, earwigs and praying mantises are doing the actual fighting. Ants with guns in the background. Signed Bunko Shotei ga, and with red seal reading Shotei. Ink and mineral colors on silk. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Image: H 37 ½ x W 13 ½ inches; whole H 65 x W 18 ½ inches.
Very rare composition. Most insect paintings depict daimyo procession persiflage (mitate), which is connected to peace time travel to and from the capital.
Although no information can be found on Shotei, the painting is clearly in the tradition of the Maruyama/Shijo school. Most or all paintings with insect processions, or fox processions in light colors, fading into the background were painted by Maruyama/Shijo painters, among whom Nishiyama Hoen. Many of Hoen’s paintings are in the British Museum.
Scroll painting of two intertwining dragons. One coming out of the sky, the other out of the seas. Signed Chikkei Seigyo and two seals, reading Seigyo no in and azana Shofu. Ink on silk. Japan, late Edo period, Bakumatsu.
Painted area: H 50 x W 19 ¾ inches ; whole: 78 ½ x 25 ¼ inches
Nakabayashi Chikkei (1816-1867). Eldest son of Nakabayashi Chikuto. He learned painting from his father initially and then went to Yamamoto Baiitsu to learn nanga, but he also mastered the realistic style used in western painting. Nagoya.
Hanging scroll. The eight-armed deity, bearing arms and a coiled snake (the deity Ugajin) on her head, sits on a lotus-leaf-seat, flanked by Daikoku and Bishamonten. Before her are the 15 disciples, or jugo doji, above her the sun and the moon.. Ink, mineral colors and gold on silk. Japan, Muromachi period, around 1500.
Painted area: H 38 3/8 in. x W 18 5/8 in.
Few horizontal creases, but all in all in excellent condition.
A similar painting of Benzaiten and the 15 disciples is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, inventory no. 11.4107. Even though it dates from an earlier part of the Muromachi period, and the composition is different, there is a striking similarity in the details on the garments and in the hairdo of the doji and the size of the painting. The Tokyo National Museum holds another comparable painting under inventory no. C0018069 /A-1228.
Mori Bunrei (dates unknown). Hanging scroll with painting of insects simulating a samurai traveling with his entourage to or from the capital. A butterfly, suzumushi, praying mantises, yellow jackets and grass hoppers are traveling in a line, carrying flowers and grasses for poles, a hive and berries for luggage. Black ink and colors on silk. Signed Bunrei; two red seals reading bun and rei. Japan, mid 19th / second half 19th century.
Painted area: 14-½ x 20-1/8 inches. Total height: 461½ inches.
Painting with some light stains, otherwise in excellent condition, mounting damaged.
Mori Bunrei was the son and pupil of Mori Ippo (1798–1871), the Shijo painter. His style and technique closely follow those of his father’s.
A very similar painting by Nishiyama Hoen (1804-1867) is in the British Museum. This type of painting is typical for the Maruyama/Shijo school and could have originated with Maruyama Okyo.
A pair of large scroll paintings showing exotic and domestic birds and flowers in colorful display. Two pairs of pheasants, sparrows, cockatoo, lilies, bamboo, peonies, etc. Each inscribed Ryu Rikyo, with seal Kien. Attributed to Yanagisawa Kien. Black ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk.Japan, Edo period?
Painted area ca. 57 x 32.25 inches.
Total height ca. 87 inches.
Comes with inscribed box with lock. Paper label with handwritten note stuck with old scotch tape: Yanagizawa, Kieng / Japanese daimio painted / as Ryurikyo. Done c. 1870. / In 1935 sold for JPY 1,000.
Hand scroll with scenes from the ‘Night parade of the hundred demons’. The first scenes shows a cat and dogs, followed by a scene with ghosts and demons feasting at a mansion, from where numerous scenes shows a parade formed of all kinds of ghostly monsters and demons, being stopped by the rising sun over a rocky island in the last scene. The scroll is built up from different scenes that seem to be remnants of a much longer scroll that was deteriorated, the badly damaged sections being cut out. The last scene of the rising sun over an rock island. Signature at the very end “Choshi Unzan Yoshinobu hitsu”. Kano school. Japan, 18th century.
Comes with fitting kiribako. No inscription.
Height 10 and 10 1/8 inches (25.2 and 25.8 cm).
A few tiny dents at the bottom edge of one of the foxes, otherwise excellent condition.
The scroll is probably a copy of or inspired by the hyakki yako scroll that is housed in the Daitokuji temple in Kyoto. The order of the scenes in our scroll is probably a bit mixed up.
Hanging scroll with the images of a female spirit ascending from a skull with a broken jaw in a graveyard. Next to the skull lies a broken sotoba. Signed with red seal. Black ink and thin red color and two lines of blue on fibrous paper. Original red paper mounting. Porcelain scroll ends. Japan, Meiji period.
Painted area: 44 x 7 ¾”; total height: 70” (111.7 x 19.7; 177.8 cm).
Hanging scroll with portrait of the samurai Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1366), sitting cross-legged in full armor on a mat made of deer skin. In front of him his bow and a banner with his family crest of a chrysanthemum on water. Signed at lower left: Hogen Eishin hitsu and red seal. Attributed to Kano Eishin. Black ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on silk. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Comes with woorden storage box, inscribed: Kusunoki Masashige, Eishin hitsu.
Painted area 15” x 10”; total height: 46.25” (ca. 38 x 25.5 cm; 117.5 cm).
Browned, some of the gofun rubbed, but in good and stable condition. New mounting.
Kano Eishin (1717-1763).
Kusunoki Masashige was a samurai who fought for Emperor Go-Daigo (14th century) in his attempt to overthrow the Kamakura rulers. He became the symbol of samurai loyalty.
Painting, hanging scroll with the images of a man and a woman having intercourse, being surrounded by a multitude of other women. Ukiyo-e style. Black ink, gold and color on silk. Unsigned. Japan, Meiji period.
Painted area: 12 ¾” x 18 ¼”; total height: 47 ¾” (32.4 x 46.3; 121.3 cm). Typical mounting from the Meiji period, probably original to the painting.
Some foxing , otherwise very good condition.
Hanging scroll with the image of a oni mask underneath a large and square character fuku (good fortune), from which small white tama or petals are falling. Signed in lower right corner ... Shodo and with red seal Shodo no in. Black ink and color on paper. Nice bold plait design mounting. Japan, Meiji period.
Painted area: 49.5 x 12.5 inches, total length 83.25 inches.
Slightly yellowed, few horizontal creases, mainly good condition.
Hanging scroll with painting in black ink and color on silk. The six immortal poets sitting in a line: the monk Kisen, Ariwara no Narihira, Otomo no Kuronushi, Ono no Komachi, Sojo Henjo and Funya no Yasuhide. Signed at lower right side: Zen Hokusai Taito hitsu. Red seal: Katsushika. Japan, 19th century.
Size, including mounting: approx. height 76 inches, width 19 inches.
Slightly yellowed, few stains along edges, all in all good condition.
Framed painting of an unidentified grouping of pairs of animals: horses, monkeys, boar, chicken and rooster and four other bird species. Black ink, gofun, mineral colors on paper. Probably Japan, perhaps Korea? Folk art. 19th century.
Frame ca. 47 x 16 inches (119.4 x 40.6 cm)
Paper creased, few cracks in the paper, some color rubbed.
Hanging scroll, black ink on paper and a touch of red. Two men in a pavilion within a magnificent mountain landscape. To the left a small waterfall joins a river that commands much of the lower half of the painting . On the upper right side a two-lined verse, signed and sealed Muraan soken. Japan, probably Edo period.
Painted area: inches (93.5 x 32.2 cm); mounting (181.5 x 45 cm).
Comes with an in gold lacquer inscribed black lacquer box ‘Sansui no zu, Muraan san. Kano Masanobu hitsu’, in a red lacquered box inscribed with the length of the painting in sun.
Slightly toned, some creases backed with thin strips underneath the backing, basically very good condition.
Kano Masanobu (1434?-1530) was the alleged founder of the Kano school of painting, even though his son Motonobu was more influential. The poem was written by the Monk Muraan, who lived 1403 - 1488.
A samurai – Watonai Sankan, or Kashiwade no Hanoshi - in full armour killing a tiger in a bamboo bush. Black ink and some color on paper. Unsigned. The manner and subject matter of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements: 15 x 10 5/8 inches (38.2 x 26.9 cm).
Slightly creased, one earmark, backed. Mainly very good condition.
Painting of pine tree hanging over a fast flowing stream. Some flowering plant meandering through the branches. Unsigned. Black ink and some color on paper. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Measurements: 14 x 10 7/8 inches ().
Yellowed, backed wormage, backed.
Portrait of the god of agriculture, holding a turnip in one hand and nibbling on some herbs. Over his shoulder a cape of mugworth leaves. This figure is often described as the god of agriculture, although the mugworth leave cape may indicate that he is a sennin (daoist immortal). Black ink and some color on paper. Red seal at back. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements: ca. 18 x 11 inches (45.9 x 28 cm).
Painted on three pieces of paper glued together. Some dark spots in upper part, few small holes and thinning of paper, mounted at corners.
Hanging scroll with image of Shotoku taishi, a mace in the hands, seated on a low platform underneath a curtain. Part of the mounting is painted to imitate brocade. Black ink and mineral colors on silk. Japan, Muromachi period.
Painted area: 37 1/16 x 15 5/16 inches (94.2 x 38.9 cm); total length 73 ¼ inches (186 cm).
Pigment losses, losses in the silk restored, some creasing due to rolling, stable condition.
Comes with double tomobako.
Painting comes with two authentications of the Japan Art Association from 1899. One estimating the piece to be approximately 500 years old. Based on the weave of the silk, the piece should be a little older.
Scroll painting with the image of the Chinese general Kanu, sitting in a seat, reading a manuscript. Behind him stands his brother in arms Chohi, holding his halberd. Black ink and mineral colors on silk. Signed Eihaku. Two read seals: Eihaku and .. (unread). Dated: Keio, year of the rabbit (1867). Japan, 19th century.
Size, including mounting: height 76 inches, width 19 inches.
Very good condition.
Ex coll. Colonel Samuel Victor Constant
Although nothing much is known about Eihaku, he probably is an artist in the late Kano school line. Late Edo, early Meiji period.