The night is gentle and serene; the moon is casting the willows in the dark. The silhouette of a flying bat wavered across the moonlight. Painted on silk with ink. Signed Chokujo and sealed. Fukada Chokujo (1861-1947) was a Japanese painter active during Meiji and early Showa period. He studied painting under Morikawa Sobun.
The painting and mounting are overall in reasonable condition with some tiny marks are present due to age. The piece is wearing a fabric pattered with bats. It is accompanied by an inscribed paulownia wood box dated Taisho Mizunoe Ne, 1912.
Painting: 16” x 43 1/8” (40.5cm x 109.5cm)
Scroll: 21 7/8” x 78 1/4” (55.5cm x 198.5cm)