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Unique set byôbu by Itô Kakô 伊藤嘉晃

Price:  19.500,00

A marvelous and unique pair of large six-panel byôbu 屏風 (room dividers) with a continuous massive painted image over both screens of the famous blossoming Neodani Usuzumi cherry tree 根尾谷淡墨桜, on a golden silk background.

On the right screen, you can see an enormous tree trunk. Old thick and new thin branches grow from this trunk in all directions. These branches are so large that they extend over the entire left room divider. The old thick branches are supported by posts. This is certainly necessary, given that the tree currently is in full bloom, and the weight this creates is enormous. The beautiful white blossoms are visible everywhere. The blossoms are stamped individually with different amounts of paint, creating an enormous depth in this sea of flowers, due to the different shades of white. The contrast of the bright painting in combination with the shiny deep gold background makes the painting really stand out.

The right room divider is titled, signed and sealed in the lower right corner by the artist Itô Kakô 伊藤嘉晃 (1939). Titled ‘Usumi’zakura’ 淡墨桜, and signed ‘Kakô’ 嘉晃. The left byôbu is also titled, signed and sealed in similar fashion, but on a label on the back.

The panels are surrounded by two silk borders, a thin light one with a vine motif, and a wide black one with a golden flower motif. The screens are both protected by a black lacquered wooden frame with its original beautiful gold coloured metal hardware with a flower design. The round appliques on the side with a cherry blossom design.

The pair is in a fantastic condition, with no noteworthy defects. Please see the photos for reference.

These 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 one room divider: 368,6 cm ( 2 x 62.9 cm and 4 x 60.7 cm), Height: 175 cm
Shōwa period (1926-1989).

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.
Price including insured shipping.

Itô Kakô 伊藤嘉晃 was born in Mie in 1939, and studied under Gokura Senjin and Kono Chiuchi. He was first exhibited at the Nihon Bijutsuin Ten in the Spring of 1962, In 1982 he was awarded the Konju Hosho medal of honor with a blue ribbon. In 2009 a painting of this same tree was put into the collection of Yakushiji Temple.

Usuzumi Zakura (淡墨桜) is a famous old cherry tree in the beautiful mountains of Gifu Prefecture. Located in the picturesque Neodani Valley in Neo Village, Motosu about 28 kilometers from Gifu City. Usuzumi Zakura is one of the oldest cherry trees in Japan at over 1,500 years old. The tree is said to have been planted in person by Emperor Keitai (the 26th emperor of Japan) in the 6th century. The name Usuzumi Zakura means “pale grey cherry blossom,” which describes the very light grey colour of the trees blossoms just as they are about to fall. Usu or usui means pale or weak in Japanese with sumi being the ink used for calligraphy. Zakura comes from sakura and means cherry blossom. This unique cherry tree offers three very distinct appearances. It initially sprouts pale pink flowers, which become pure white in full bloom, finally changing to pale grey before falling to the ground. (From Gaijinpot.com)

Ref. No. : 211336A+B-1d

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