Hanging scroll with bold and lively painting in ink and color pigments on silk of Ryubi, the later Emperor Gentoku fleeing from the besieged castle of his brother-in-law on the back of his horse Tokiro over the river Dankei (Yellow River), which at that point is a fast streaming mountain gorge. Signed Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu and with Katsushika seal in lower right corner. Japan, 19th century. Ex coll. Dr. James Hutchinson, ex coll. S.T.P.
Painted area: 31.2 x13.25 inches (79.2 x 33.6 cm). Total length: 66.2 inches (168.1 cm).
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
On the scroll end a sticker with a red cross and the number 43 has been stuck, which refers to the Red Cross exhibition of Japanese Art & Handicraft in 1915, painting section, catalogue no. 43 (p. 18) which describes the piece as follows:
Kakemono on silk in colours, Gentoku crossing the Dankei river to escape his pursuers, signed Zen Hokusai Tamekazu. Dr. J. Hutchinson.
The box label indicates another private collections, which so far could not be identified.
Hanging scroll with image in ink, red, gofun and gold on paper of the bodhisattva Fugen in twenty-armed form sitting on a lotus throne guarded by the four guardian kings each standing on the head of an elephant, the whole being carried by a crowd of elephants. The black outlines printed, the image subsequently colored by hand. To the lower left the name of the donor: Reiun Jogan. Japan, Muromachi period.
Painted area: 21.4 x 12.75 inches (54.3 x 32.2 cm). Total length: 56.25 inches (142.9 cm).
Several restored damages, consistent with its age.
Hanging scroll with painting in ink on paper of the bodhisattva Fugen sitting on the back of his companion the elephant on a rock at the edge of a river or stream. With one hand Fugen holds a walking stick pressed against his chest, and with the other hand he holds a rosary. To his right side there is a pagoda-like object just visible. In the lower corners there are four red seals. Japan, early Edo period, 17th century.
Painted area: 50.5 x 23.5 inches (128.2 x 59.7 cm). Total length: 86.3 inches (219.2 cm).
Several restored areas, as to be expected with a piece this age.
Hanging scroll in ink and some color on browned silk of a barefooted traveler on a country road drinking from a wine kettle. Next to him a basket full of red spotty fruits between leaves. The man is warmly dressed in fur, a sword strapped to his back, a gourd dangling from his sash. His cane on the ground. Signed in the upper left Yangzhi and two seals. One extra seal next to the signature. Yangzhi was active around 1700. China, Qing dynasty.
Painted area: ca. 46.1 x 23.5 inches (117 x 59.5 cm). Total length: 86 inches (218.5 cm).
Good condition, few stains.
Yangzhi worked around 1700 as one of the last painters of large religious wall paintings. He is known for portraits of daoists, buddhists, hermits, gods and ghosts.
Hanging scroll with painting in ink, gold and color pigments on six sheets of paper of Kannon Nyoirin, sitting on a lotus base on top of a 6-tiered base. The 6armed Kannon sits in position of royal ease, his head resting on his main right arms. In his other right hands he holds the wish-granting jewels(nyoi hoju) and three rosaries. His main left hand rests on his knee, the others hold a rinbo and a lotus bud. He wears a crown containing the image of the Buddha and jewelry around his neck. Behind him a double flaming halo. Japan, Muromachi period.
Painted area: 45 x 20 inches (114.4 x 50.9 cm). Total length: 82.6 inches (210 cm)
Several missing areas and old, restored cracks. Stable condition.
Scroll painting in black ink on paper of the characters Fukurokuju which is the name of one of the seven gods of good luck. Short date inscription on the upper left, 1842. Signed ... Eiko (Nagamichi) hitsu and sealed on the left side. Japan. Original mounting, porcelain scroll ends. Back inscribed Fukurokuju and Miyoshi Eiko.
Painted area: 48.1 x 22.75 inches (122.2 x 57.8 cm). Total length: 75.1 inches (190.8 cm)
Several damaged and partly restored areas along the upper margin, several horizontal creases, one vertical crease in the middle, mounting weak along upper roller and with hole.
Wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Jizo, hands folded together in prayer, standing on a lotus base. His face very serene and beautiful. Surface darkened by soot, some lighter color still visible, crystal eyes. Head loose, inside piece of paper rolled onto a wooden stick. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Height 14.75 inches (37.5 cm).
Fine crackle in face, otherwise good condition.
Small sculpture in wood of a well dressed man, probably a reciting priest, his hands folded in his lap. Excellent carving with fine detail, pupil in the eyes inlaid in black. Japan, Edo period.
H 3.25 inches (8.2 cm).
Few very thin stress cracks in bottom, one restored corner in a sleeve.
Small shrine with very fine carving of of the guardian deity Bishamonten, holding a halberd and standing on the back of a crouching demon. The halberd and crown are made of sheet metal, with traces of gilding. The demon in wood and lacquer, the latter one chipping slightly. Japan, 18th century.
Height of case: ca. 12.5 inches (32 cm).
Case: skirt loosened, restored and chipping crack in right hand door, restored crack in roof. Figure: demon with rubbed spots and some lacquer chips, Bishamon in good condition.
Wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Myoken, deity of the Polar Star and of the Big Dipper. He is dressed in Chinese garment, standing on the back of a dragon-like turtle or minogme, holding a sword. Behind his back a nimbus with six discs (one missing), representing the seven stars of the Big Dipper. A snake wound itself around the turtle. Wood with fine decorations in gold, black and red. Japan, Edo period, around 1800.
Height ca 7 inches (17.8 cm).
Tip of snake’s tail missing, some re-gilding on the shoulders, otherwise very good condition.
Hollow phallus, perhaps used as incense burner or water container, of ceramic, molded and joined and fired at low temperature. This type of object is used in Shinto shrines, devoted to fertility. Seal impressed in bottom. Japan. Probably Meiji period or somewhat later.
H ca. 6.5 inches (16.5 cm).
Netsuke in the shape of a peach stone. The stone is carved in two halves. One half is holding a small carving of the figure of Seiobo, the fairy queen, sitting on a hinge so that she can move out of her hiding place. Dark stained wood for the pit, Seiobo in a reddish brown wood, the himotoshi fitted with ivory rings (both slightly damaged). On an inlaid mother-of-pearl plaque is the signature of Kagetoshi. Japan, 19th century.
L of shell ca. 1.75 in. (4.6 cm).
Very good condition.