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Screen with Phoenix and Pauwlonia Tree, KANÔ SCHOOL, Edo-period

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Date Edo-period (1603-1868)
Material Mineral Colors, ink and gold on paper.
Dimensions 190 x 180 cm

Wonderful two-panel folding screen with painting of a phoenix who is descending between gold clouds to a river shore where a pauwlonia tree grows, which is believed to be his resting place.

Pair of Screens with Four Chinese Poets by KANÔ EIGAKU (1790-1867)

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Date  Edo-period, mid-19th c.
Material Ink on paper.
Dimensions Each 175 x 167, Painting 60 x 130 cm

Pair of two-panel folding screens with four single paintings by Kanô Eigaku, 9th leading master of the Kanô-branch in Kyôto. He often signed as in this example under his name Kanô Nui'nosuke Eigaku 狩野縫殿助永岳.

The four paintings are depicting four famous Chinese poets that are matched beautifully with the four seasons.  Spring is indicated by a plum tree and a young boy feeding a crane as a symbol for the good fortune in the beginning year. Summer shows the poet Li Bai (701-762) whilst viewing the waterfall of Mt. Lu and composing his famous waterfall poem. In autumn an old scholar is depicted with a walking-staff in one hand and a bunch of chrysanthemum in the other. This figure is reffering to famous poet Tao Yuanming 陶淵明 (365-427) whos alias was "Master of the five willows". His poem of home-coming describes his pleasure about the chrysanthemum growing at the fence of his home to where he returns to after his retirement.

Calligraphy "Mu" ("Nothing") by

NISHIGAKI SÔKÔ (*1908-1985)

Inv. Nr.  #A56
Date 1960/70s
Material Ink on paper
Dimensions 119,5 x 54 cm

Comes with inscribed and signed woodenbox.

Hanging scroll with the single character "Mu" 無 (Nothing), which refers to the emptiness of all things written by Nishigaki Sōkō. Nishigaki was born in Gifu prefecture in 1908. He entered monastic life first at Shinju-an, Daitoku-ji that is the famous subtemple of Zen-eccentric Ikkyū Sōjun. Later he became abbot of Daitoku-ji's affiliated temple Gokuraku-ji in Kinosaki, Hyōgo prefecture.

One-foot table with gold-lacquer painting of flowers. , 19 c.

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Date Meiji-period (1868-1912)

Wood, black, gold and silver lacquer,

cut  gold leaf

Dimensions H 22,6 x D 25,8 cm

In excellent condition.

A fine Meiji-period one-food table (Jap. takatsugi 高坏) which is traditionally used for offerings. This example is allover covered by a masterful composition of flowers reminding of the passing summer: peony, morning glory (asagao 朝顔) and lily (yuri 百合) and the early autumn: chrysanthemum (kiku 菊), clover (hagi 萩), pink (nadeshiko 撫子) and bell flower (kikyô 桔梗).

Bizen Flower Vase (Hanaire) by KIMURA SOJÔ (*1945)

Inv. Nr. #17.009
Date End 20th c.
Material Ash glazed stoneware
Dimensions H 24,5  x D 16,5 cm

Comes with signed and sealed woodenbox.

An outstanding, museum quality Bizen flower vase made by Kimura Sojô, who was born into one of the six famous Bizen potter families and trained by the famous Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun (*1936). This extraordinary piece bears exceptional patterns of highly developed techniques uniqe to Bizen pottery. Long ash glaze drops that run vertically around the vase are showing that the object has layed down on the side in the kiln during firing. Circular shaped reverse patterns (botamochi) with beautiful and lively color changing of garnet red, orange and green (yôhen) are the visible traces of the firing supports. All these are typical characteristics of the so called "pushed-over" pieces (korogashi) that are rare and regarded as the master pieces of  highly advanced potters.