Price: € 3.100,00
Exquisite, rare and large six-panel byôbu 屏風 (room divider) with a refined continuous ‘Nihonga’ 日本画-painting on silver leaf of doves 鳩 (hato) in a pine tree forest 松 (matsu), by the famous Japanese Imperial Household artist Komuro Suiun 小室翠雲 (1874-1945).
Four doves are scurrying on the ground in a clearing between old thick pine trees, while a white dove on the right is flying towards them. The entirety is a very tranquil scene.
In the Japanese mythology, doves is Hachiman’s familiar spirit and messenger. Hachiman is the syncretic divinity of archery and war incorporating elements from both Shinto and Buddhism.
It is signed and sealed by the artist in the lower right corner; “Suiun Tetsujin’sha” 翠雲徹人寫. A signature used by the artist Komuro Suiun 小室翠雲 (1874-1945).
This name is the pseudonym of a Japanese nihonga painter who worked mainly in the nanga style, active from the Meiji period (1868–1912) to the Shōwa period (1926–1989). Suiun was born in the town of Yagoechō, present-day Tatebayashi, in Gunma prefecture. Suiun studied in the atelier of painter Tazaki Sōun 田崎草雲 (1815–1898) in Ashikaga, Tochigi prefecture. After Suiun had been Sōun’s student for about three years, he was given the name Suiun (翠雲).
During his career he was part of many different Associations and Societies were the appreciation and practice of nanga 南画 was key, where he won various prices, took part in committees, or even founded a new one (Nanga Appreciation Society 南画鑑賞会 ‘Nanga Kanshōkai’).
In 1941, Suiun founded the Greater East Asia Southern School Institute (大東南宗院 Daitō Nanshūin) with members of the Nanga Appreciation Society and former Japan Nanga Institute. (From Wikipedia)
The panels are mounted by two silk borders, a thin dark blue brocade one, and a broad dark red brocade one with a flower motif. Protected by a black lacquer wooden frame with its original hardware.
Total width: 377.8 cm (2 x 64.1 cm and 4 x 62.4 cm); Height: 167.7 cm.
Late Meiji period – Taishô period.
Considering its age it is in a good condition with traces of age, wear and old restorations, mainly around the hinges. Please take a close look at the photos for a clear condition reference.
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.
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.