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Japanese painting in the form of mounted screens and scrolls offer a unique and breathtaking alternative to Western art display.

Japanese painting styles can be categorized in three main styles. The first was strongly influenced by the Chinese until the Edo period (1603-1868); the second, a notable Japanese approach; and the third a Western inclination. All reflect an incomparable aesthetic and instinct in both their rendering and inspiration. Subject matter includes calligraphic images and Zen themes, landscapes and views, beautiful women and Noh and Kabuki theater settings and scenes from the Imperial court as well as everyday life.

There have been many renowned schools through its history. These include Kano, Tosa, Nanga and Shijo. The unique presentation in screen and scroll forms adds to the great charm and splendor of Japanese painting.

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Japanese Zen Buddhist Scroll Painting, Hoju Sacred Jewel
Japanese Zen Buddhist Scroll Painting, Hoju Sacred Jewel - JJ4S91
Price: $1,296.00
Sale Price: $1,166.00

Whimsical Japanese Zen scroll painting of hoju sacred jewel atop a tortoise, late Edo period, 18th c.  Enchanting work with dynamic use of paint and charming motif showing the sacred jewel, hoju, which alludes to the treasures within us and is said to bring light into darkness, grant wishes and bestow blessings and understanding. Ink on paper, signed and stamped Kano Eisenin Michinobu (1730-1790).  Very good condition.  Dimensions: 51.5” x 25”.
Japanese Scroll Painting, Single Jumping Koi
Japanese Scroll Painting, Single Jumping Koi - JJ4S92
Price: $495.00
Sale Price: $446.00

Dramatic Japanese scroll painting featuring leaping koi (carp) fish, mid-20th century. Skillfully handpainted on silk, detailed rendering, delicately painted with elegant sense of movement.  Carp traditionally symbolize strength, courage and patience.  Artist signed/stamped.  Very good condition.  Dimensions: 75” x 22”.
Japanese Zen Buddhist Tea Ceremony Scroll Painting, Enso
Japanese Zen Buddhist Tea Ceremony Scroll Painting, Enso - JJ4S93
Price: $595.00
Sale Price: $536.00

Exquisite, slender Japanese Zen tea ceremony scroll painting with enso, mid 20th century. The enso is a Zen symbol representing the circle of enlightenment, a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create. Exceptional calligraphy, mineral ink on paper, elegant composition and impression, Signed/sealed. Very good condition with minor creasing.  Dimensions: 76” x 14”.
Japanese Scroll Painting, Pair of Koi or Carp
Japanese Scroll Painting, Pair of Koi or Carp - JJ4S94
Price: $495.00
Sale Price: $446.00

Elegant Japanese scroll featuring pair of leaping koi (carp) fish, mid-20th century. Skillfully handpainted on silk, detailed rendering, delicately painted with dramatic sense of movement.  Carp traditionally symbolize strength, courage and patience.  Artist signed/stamped.  Very good condition.  Dimensions: 80.5” x 24”.
Japanese Scroll Painting Pair of Carp or Koi
Japanese Scroll Painting Pair of Carp or Koi - JJ4S95
Price: $495.00
Sale Price: $446.00

Evocative Japanese scroll featuring pair of swimming koi (carp) fish, mid-20th century. Skillfully handpainted on silk, detailed rendering, delicately painted with elegant sense of movement.  Carp traditionally symbolize strength, courage and patience.  Artist signed/stamped.  Very good condition.  Dimensions: 81.5” x 24”.
Japanese Zen Buddhist Scroll Painting for Tea Ceremony, Enso
Japanese Zen Buddhist Scroll Painting for Tea Ceremony, Enso - JJ4S96
Price: $1,295.00
Sale Price: $1,166.00

Exceptional Japanese Zen tea ceremony scroll painting with enso, early-mid 20th century.  The enso is a Zen symbol representing the circle of enlightenment, a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create. Zen Buddhists believe that the character is revealed when a person paints an enso and that only a person who is whole, both mentally and spiritually, can draw a true one.  Many artists and priests practice drawing an enso daily as a spiritual exercise. Exceptional calligraphy, mineral ink on paper, with signature/seal, Koten, for Kitagawara Koten of the Huayan sect. Comes with kiri wood tomobako storage box. Very good condition.  Dimensions:  56” x 28.5”.
Japanese Zen Buddhist Tea Ceremony Scroll Painting, Enso
Japanese Zen Buddhist Tea Ceremony Scroll Painting, Enso - JJ4AG242
Price: $1,695.00

Superb Japanese Zen tea ceremony scroll painting with enso, mid-20th century.  The enso is a Zen symbol representing the circle of enlightenment, a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create. Exceptional grass script (cursive) calligraphy, mineral ink on paper, whimsical composition and impression. The translation: “Every day is peaceful.  May happy days continue.”  Signed/sealed Keisui.  Comes with inscribed kiri wood tomobako storage box. Very good condition.  Dimensions:  53” long, 24” wide.
Japanese Tea Ceremony Scroll, Aubergine
Japanese Tea Ceremony Scroll, Aubergine - JJ4AG243
Price: $995.00
Sale Price: $896.00

Enchanting Japanese tea ceremony scroll painting, late 19th-early 20th century.  Wonderful rendering of robust aubergine or eggplant on still flowering vine.  A whimsical composition evocative with summer vegetable theme.  Handpainted ink on paper.  Stamped by Kyoto artist Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942). Comes double boxed with inscribed kiri wood tomobako. Very good condition. Dimensions:  48” long, 18.5” wide.
Japanese Scroll Painting, Pair of Cranes
Japanese Scroll Painting, Pair of Cranes - JJ4AG241
Price: $595.00
Sale Price: $536.00

Elegant Japanese scroll painting, tsura or cranes, late Edo period, c. 1800-1850.  Sublimely rendered pair of cranes, rendered with minimal brushstrokes reflecting remarkable skill and shading.  Features stately cranes in lifelike pose with lush plumage.  Handpainted on silk.  Artist signed and stamped Kishi Gantai (1782-1865), whose works can be seen in the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston among others.  The crane is regarded as an auspicious symbol of long life. Comes with inscribed kiri wood tomobako storage box.  Very good condition with minor creasing.  Dimensions:  72” long, 19” wide.
Japanese Two-Panel Tea Screen, Fan Byobu
Japanese Two-Panel Tea Screen, Fan Byobu - JP4AG19
Price: $3,995.00

Delightful Japanese two-panel tea or ningyo screen, byobu featuring decorated fans, Edo-Meiji period, c. 1860. Lush detail and delicate mineral color.  Enchanting detail of flowers, cranes, water and willow. Color and impression still vivid.  Speckled gold ground.  A sublime display piece for Japanese art or doll display.  Very good condition.  Dimensions:  23” high, 57” wide (fully extended).
Japanese Kano School Screen or Byobu, Gama Sennin
Japanese Kano School Screen or Byobu, Gama Sennin - JJ4AG181
Price: $2,695.00
Sale Price: $2,426.00

Dramatic Japanese two-panel Kano School screen painting or byobu, Meiji period, c.1868-1912.  Fabulous rendering of Gama Sennin and his three-legged toad.  A stunning, highly detailed, eye-catching composition.  A Daoist immortal, assimilated from the Chinese into Japanese popular legend, Gama Sennin is shown in tattered clothes, accompanied by his three-legged toad, nestled in his unkempt hair. A fantastic find!  Ink on paper, with gold leaf and silk border.  Artist stamped.  Very good antique condition.  Dimensions:  68” high, 69” wide (fully extended).
Japanese Two-Panel Screen or Byobu, Bamboo
Japanese Two-Panel Screen or Byobu, Bamboo - JJ4AG182
Price: $1,995.00
Sale Price: $1,796.00

Fabulous two-panel Japanese screen painting or byobu, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912.  Featuring tranquil stand of bamboo, with accompanying poem.  Sublime composition, remarkable detail and skillful rendering.  Ink on paper.  A lovely addition to any environment.  Artist stamped.  Very good antique condition.  Dimensions:  70” high, 69” wide (fully extended).
Japanese Screen Painting or Byobu - Chinese Theme
Japanese Screen Painting or Byobu w/ Chinese Theme - JQ4AG123
Price: $3,295.00
Sale Price: $2,895.00

Lovely Japanese four-panel screen painting or byobu featuring Chinese style court scenes, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912.  Highly detailed composition with vivid mineral color and abundant gold leaf.  Rendered with subtlety, sensitivity and skill. Very good condition.  Dimensions:  67” high, 100” wide (fully extended).
Japanese Screen Painting or Byobu, Daimyo’s Procession
Japanese Screen Painting or Byobu, Daimyo’s Procession - JQ4AG124
Price: $6,995.00
Sale Price: $5,695.00

Dynamic Japanese six-panel folding screen painting or byobu showing a Daimyo’s procession, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912. Substantial size and impression.  Ink and mineral color on paper with abundant gold leaf.  Historically, a Daimyo was a lord who was vassal to the shogun.  A Daimyo’s soldiers accompanied them on frequent travels to and from Edo and, so, processions were almost a daily occurence.  Finely detailed rendering, rich color and great charm.  Very good condition.  Dimensions:  67” high, 144” wide (fully extended).
Japanese Six-Panel Screen Painting or Byobu, Pea Fowl
Japanese Six-Panel Screen Painting or Byobu, Pea Fowl - JQ4AG125
Price: $3,295.00
Sale Price: $2,895.00

Charming Japanese six-panel screen or byobu of peacock and pea hen, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912. Dramatic rendering of birds amid brightly colored flowers along a stream. An eye-catching display piece for any environment.  Mineral pigment on paper with abundant gold leaf. Very good condition. Dimensions: 69” high, 138” wide (fully extended).
Korean Screen Painting with Bamboo and Poems
Korean Screen Painting with Bamboo and Poems - JQ4AG126
Price: $1,595.00
Sale Price: $1,295.00

Fine Korean folding screen with bamboo and poems, early 20th century. Lovely, four-panel painting featuring swaying bamboo.  Beautiful composition, remarkable detail and skillful rendering.  Ink on paper.  A sublime addition to any environment.  Very good condition.  Dimensions:  76” high, 72” wide (fully extended).
Japanese Four-Panel Screen Painting or Byobu, Country Scene
Japanese Four-Panel Screen Painting or Byobu, Country Scene - JQ4AG127
Price: $1,595.00
Sale Price: $1,295.00

Delicately rendered Japanese four-panel screen painting or byobu, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912.  An enchanting scene of mountain retreat.  Beautifully rendered in sumi-e and mineral colors.  Exceptional composition and detail reflecting grace and tranquility. Very good condition. Dimensions:  58” high, 96” wide (fully extended).
Japanese Single-Panel Byobu Screen Painting, Tiger
Japanese Single-Panel Byobu Screen Painting, Tiger - JO4AG212
Price: $1,995.00

Whimsical Japanese single-panel screen painting featuring tiger, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912.  A whimsical tiger (tora) with wonderful long eye lashes  and a Cheshire grin. The tiger in Japan is associated with the Samurai class and represents the virtues of courage and strength.  Shown in the mountains and ready to pounce.  The artist has created with quick strokes the feeling of movement and action. Very good condition.Dimensions:  68” high, 26” wide.
Japanese Scroll Painting, Bamboo & Rock
Japanese Scroll Painting, Bamboo w/ Rock - JJ4JL82
Price: $495.00
Sale Price: $446.00

Sublime Japanese scroll painting featuring sumi-e of delicate bamboo at rock’s edge, late Edo, early-Meiji period, c. 1850-1890.  Evocative rendering with great sensitivity and composition. Handpainted on paper by Kano school artist Kishi Chikudo (1826-1897).  Simple yet nuanced impression offers great appeal, ideal for Asian influence in any dιcor.  Artist signed and stamped.  Very good condition. Dimensions:  74" x 19".
Japanese Scroll Painting, Scratching Tiger, Edo
Japanese Scroll Painting, Scratching Tiger, Edo - JJ4JL71
Price: $1,695.00
Sale Price: $1,526.00

Exceptional, vividly rendered Japanese scroll painting of scratching tiger, late Edo period, c. 1800-1868. Fabulous, animated creature in evocative setting beneath bamboo. Handpainted on paper, signed and sealed attribution, Kishi Renzan (1804-1859), artist of the Imperial House, born in Kyoto, student of Ganku. Highly detailed, imaginatively conceived, whimsical rendering. Very good condition. Dimensions: 81" x 27".
   
 


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