Rare large 6-panel room divider of a flower garden on oxidized silver silk
Price: € 3.200,00
A beautiful large six-panel byôbu 屏風 (room divider) with a refined painting on oxidized silver silk of a rich flower garden.
The garden is filled with all sorts of different blooming flowers, like red and white peonies 牡丹 (botan), blue irises 花菖蒲 (hanashôbu), an a pink rose バラ属 (bararosa).
A small blue Japanese bird 四十雀 (shijûkara) sits on a white lespedeza 萩 (hagi) looking down curiously.
Surrounding the painted scene is a large open silver space. This serene touch of the painting is reminiscent of the style of the Rinpa school.
The panels are surrounded by two borders, a thin light brown one, and a wide dark and light green silk one with a pine tree and crane design. The screen is protected by a black lacquered frame with its original hardware.
A folding screen with a painting on silk is not very common, and makes this screen very special. Due to age the silver has started to oxidize, creating a dynamic spotted background. This substantiates the age and gives the screen a beautiful dynamic character and adds to the atmosphere.
Considering the age and medium the room divider is in a good condition with signs of age, wear and old restorations (front and back). The inscribed papers are part of an old restoration and don’t hold information about the screen. Please take a close look at the photos for a clear condition reference.
Total width: 367.2 cm (2 x 62.6 and 4 x 60.5 cm); Height: 171.5 cm.
Period: Japan – Meiji period (1868-1912).
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.
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.