Mid-size 6-panel byôbu 屏風 (folding screen) of playing karako
Price: € 2.100,00
A wonderful medium-sized 6-panel byôbu 屏風 (folding screen) with a lively Kanô School-style painting on gold leaf of karako 唐子 (Chinese children) at play in a traditional Chinese style pavilion with lush garden.
The motif “One Hundred Boys at Play” is a Chinese theme wishing the viewer many generations of accomplished scholars and prosperity, as it symbolises longevity and health for offspring.
A boy inside the rich pavilion is practicing its calligraphy, on the veranda next to him three children are teaching each other how to play the Chinese guzheng (string instrument). Near a blooming plum blossom 梅 (ume) a boy is walking along a lake with a net on a stick towards two other karako on a bridge learning how to fish.
This sweet polychrome scene is surrounded by dense gold leaf clouds, and mounted by two silk borders and protected by a black lacquer frame with its original hardware.
Considering its age in a very good condition with some minor traces of age and wear. Please take a close look at the photo of some paint loss on the 3rd panel. For a clear condition reference, please look at the pictures as well.
Total width: 267.4 cm (2 x 45.5 cm, 4 x 44.1 cm); Height: 136.8 cm.
Period: Japan – 19th century (Late Edo period/Early Meiji period).
This room divider is very suitable to be easily mounted flat on a wall and presented as one piece of art.
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.