Artworks of the Month

  • Iris
    Folding Screens
    Item Number : 21091

    Sakai Hoitsu


    Biography Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828) was a Japanese painter born in Edo (present Tokyo) as the second son of Sakai Tadazane, the lord of Himeji Domain (Hyogo Prefecture). Studied Ukiyo-e under Utagawa Toyoharu in Kyoto. Influenced by Ogata Korin and accomplished the painting style of Edo Rimpa School. Also excelled at Haikai and his notable works include a “Flowering plants of summer and autumn (a pair of 2-hold screens)”

    Suzuki Kiitsu(1796-1858) was a Japanese painter born in Edo(present Tokyo). Known as the most prominent pupil of Sakai Hoitsu in the Edo Rimpa School.  His wife was Suzuki Riyo, a sister of Suzuki Reitan, his senior fellow under Hoitsu and became an adopted son-in-law in the Suzuki family. Excelled at bird-and-flower paintings. Acquiring a thorough knowedge of tea ceremony and haikai, associated with a Confucian Kameda Hosai and more. Suzuki Shuitsu was his son.
    • color on gold-foiled paper with two-fold furosaki screen
    • dimensions: 53×163(artwork), 57×167(overall)
    • with wooden storage box signed by the artist

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  • Figure with Haiku
    Hanging scroll
    Item Number : 19083

    Kobayashi Issa

    Figure with Haiku

    Biography Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) was a Japanese poet born in Sinano (present Nagano prefecture). Learned Haiku poem under Mizoguchi Somaru, the third head of Katsushika school and Nirokuan Chikua. His famous Haiku collection includes ragaharu”. 

    Hayashi Junryo(1868-1941) was a monk of Tendaishu sect. The chief priest of Itoku-in, Zenkoji Temple in Nagano Prefecture. Known as Tanzaku collector, handwriting expert in Kobayashi Issa and scholar at Haikai.

    • ink on paper with silk mounting
    • dimensions: 31×41 cm(artwork), 118×43 cm(overall)
    • with wooden storage box signed by Hayashi Junryo

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  • Chinese Incence Box with mother-of-pearl inlay
    Incense Case
    Item Number : 17048

    Chinese Incence Box with mother-of-pearl inlay

    • wood
    • dimensions: h.2.4cm×w.8.3cm
    • minor crack
    • with wooden storage box

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  • Horse Racing
    Hanging scroll
    Item Number : 15082


    Horse Racing

    Biography Jichosai(c.1751-1803) was a fiction writer and Ukiyo-e painter born in Osaka. Involved in Sake brewing and antique dealingin Kyomachibori, Osaka.
    Represented a caricature of Osaka taste and also excelled at Gesaku(popular literature in Edo era) and Ongyoku(song accompanied by Shamisen music) as well as caricature.
    • color on paper with silk mounting
    • dimensions: 74×28cm(artwork), 145×31cm(overall)
    • minor wear to the upper part of mounting
    • with wooden storage box

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