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Unique large two-panel byobu-screen with a fine painting of quails

Price:  1.850,00

An unique large two-panel byobu-screen with a fine painting of quails in their cages. The painting is titled ‘A decoy hut’ 囮小屋 (Otori Koya).

The scene is of someone’s home or shed lit by a lantern in the top left corner. The room is filled with rows of bird cages with inside each of them a single quail. Three of these cages have a label in the top right corner with names in kanji (Japanese characters) on them.

The setting gets a bit darker if you look in front of these rows of cages. In half a circle, ten quails lie dead on a tatami matt, with their empty cages to the right of them. In two of the cages on the right, a little bit hidden, two small birds are sitting quietly on a stick in their cage.

The multi-coloured painting on paper is protected by a dark red lacquered wooden frame.

The artist of this screen is Komiya Daichû 小宮大宙. He was born in Fukuoka in 1890. He is a graduate of Kyoto Painting College 京都絵画専門学校 (Kyôto kaiga senmon gakkô).

The screen is not signed or sealed. But this work is attributed to the artist, by a mention of this specific work with the name of the artist and the title in a catalogue of the 2nd Japan Fine Arts Exhibition 新文展 ‘Shinbunten’ of 1938. A copy of the page with the attribution is included.

The room divider is in good condition, only some signs of age and wear. Meiji period (1868-1912).

These kind of room-dividers are light in weight and can also be easily mounted flat on a wall and presented as one piece of art.

Total width: 210 cm; ( 2 x 105 cm), Height: 165 cm.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : 211325

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