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A pair of 19th century screens by important artist Mori Kansai. Ink and applied gold flake on paper in a patterned silk border with black lacquered wooden frame featuring fine brass hardware. Each is 376 x 171 cm (148 x 67-1/2 inches). This was sold at auction on May 19 1917 from the collection of turn of the century actor Takata Minoru (1871-1916), and is published in the book Photographic Archive of Japanese Paintings, Maruyama Shijo School Volume 2 with copies of the original catalog photographs included.
Mori Kansai (1814-1894)was born the son of a nurse to the Ishida Clan in the castle town of Hagi. He went to study painting under Mori Tetsuzan, and was adopted into that family, however with his Ishida clan connections found himself afoul of the Shogunate as the Ishida clan took the Imperial side in the Meiji restoration. After the fall of the Edo government, he opened a School in Kyoto where he held considerable influence on the next generation of Nihonga painters. He is held in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Fogg Art Museum of Cambridge, Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto among many others.