Byobu Rinpa School painting
Price: € 1.800,00
A marvelous and colourful large six-panel byôbu 屏風 (room divider) with a lively Rinpa School painting of a rocky stream with pheasants and a large pine tree at its bend.
A large rough looking rock, at the base of the thick pine tree, is surrounded by pink blooming tree peonies 牡丹 (botan). On the rock and above there are three pheasant intensely staring at something in the river.
The hilly landscape is filled with more foliage, like: white narcissus 水栓 (suisen), white plum blossems 梅 (ume), and bamboo 竹 (take).
The multi-coloured painting is set on a paper background which is embellished with a shiny thick layer of golden sprinkles.
Signed and sealed by the artist in the lower right corner. The seal is unfortunately unreadable, but the circular shape suggests a follower of the Rinpa School. The signature reads Seihô 晴峰.
Surrounded by two silk borders, a thin black one, and a broad light brown one. Protected by a red shunkei-style lacquered frame with its original hardware. This type of lacquer ensures that the beautiful wood grain is still visible through the paintwork.
It is in a very good condition with minor traces of age and wear. A considerable feat, seen its age of approx. 100-120 years. Please take a close look at the photos of two restorations at the back. For a clear condition reference, please take a close look at the photos as well.
This room divider is very light in weight and can also be easily mounted flat on a wall and presented as one piece of art.
Total width: 371.2 cm (2 x 63.2 and 4 x 61.2 cm); Height: 172.5 cm.
Late Meiji-period – Taishô-period.
The Rinpa School was a key part of the Edo period revival of indigenous Japanese artistic interests described by the term yamato-e. Paintings, textiles, ceramics, and lacquerwares were decorated by Rinpa artists with vibrant colours applied in a highly decorative and patterned manner. Favoured themes, which often contained evocative references to nature and the seasons, were drawn from Japanese literature, notably The Tale of Genji, The Tales of Ise, and Heian-period poems composed by courtiers. (From the MET museum).
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.