These scrolls show the Japanese artists immense skill with painting of Animal subjects. I never have many of these as good scrolls are very hard to locate.
The magnificent antique hand painted works of art show the Japanese style of painting at its very best. Some of these scrolls are very old and in some cases these have been completely restored where the original mounts were beyond repair. The original ends and boxes have been retained but the silk mounts have been replaced with similar colours to the original. Nothing has been altered with the actual painting.
Mouse and Habouki
A beautiful Sumei painting of a Mouse with a Habouki feather brush used in
the Tea Ceremony. The scroll is
quite complicated with a Waka Poem incorporated into the scroll . A truly outstanding example of Japanese brushwork.
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called chanoyu (茶の湯) or chadō (茶道; also pronounced sadō). The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called temae (点前). Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony.
Tea gatherings are classified as chakai (茶会) or chaji (茶事). Chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes the service of confections, thin tea (薄茶 usucha), and perhaps a light meal (点心 tenshin). Chaji is a more formal gathering, usually with a full-course meal (kaiseki), followed by confections, thick tea (濃茶 koicha), and thin tea. A chaji may last up to four hours.
Year of the Rat –1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044
Though in people's eyes, the rat is not adorable, and even some Chinese sayings that related to it have almost derogatory meanings, it ranged as the head of the Chinese zodiac. It was recognized as an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.
People under the rat sign are usually smart and willing to accumulate wealth and to make efforts to be successful. Throughout their lives, there will be many other people who can bring great fortune to them. Thus despite timidity, most of them are happy and harmonious with others.
Painted by Japanese artist Roko, this exceptionally beautiful scroll, Washing the horse in the river, is being restored with new silk mounts and is due in at the end of July 2010. . With box £295
A fine painting in the Taisho-early Showa style signed Roko and dating circa 1920. This is likely the work of Sakakibara Roko an artist active from the mid Meiji period who spawned a generation of artists including one of the greatest, Sakakibara Shiho
Year of Horse - 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, 2050
The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as 'Qianli Ma' (a horse that covers a thousand li a day).
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are active, clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. They cannot bear too much constraint. However they are interested in only the superficial level of an object, neglecting the essence. Once they suffer from failure, they become pessimistic.
Gyokuden Murase SON 1852-1917 Tora A magnificent scroll painted by the son of the famous scroll painter Murase. This scroll is being remounted as the existing silk mounts are damaged. The price will be £275 including a box
Tigers, considered to be brave, cruel, forceful and terrifying, are the symbol of power and lordliness. In ancient times, people usually compared emperors or grandees with the tiger. Court officials often said that 'accompanying the emperor is just like being at the side of a tiger'. There are also many legends on hunting tigers dealing with struggling against evil might.
People born in the year of the tiger are tolerant, staunch, valiant, and respected. In their middle age, their fate may be uneven, but afterwards will enjoy a bright prospect. Their shortcoming is to project themselves before others. But most women under the tiger sign are intelligent, faithful and virtuous.
Usagi-Rabbit. A charming study of a rabbit. 76x19 painted circa 1880 . £225 with box
In Chinese literature, rabbits accompany Chang'e on the Moon. Also associated with the Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year), rabbits are also one of the twelve celestial animals in the Chinese Zodiac for the Chinese calendar.
In Japanese tradition, rabbits live on the Moon where they make mochi, the popular snack of mashed sticky rice. This comes from interpreting the pattern of dark patches on the moon as a rabbit standing on tiptoes on the left pounding on an usu, a Japanese mortar.
Year of the Rabbit - 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2036, 2047
The rabbit has represented hope of the Chinese people for a long time. It is tender and lovely. The moon goddess Chang'e in Chinese legend had a rabbit as her pet, which stimulated the thought that only the rabbit was amiable enough to match her noble beauty. The Chinese character 'Tu' (rabbit) is part of 'Yi' (escape or leisure) indicating speed and distance. The Han people have a custom that a pregnant woman is not allowed to eat rabbit meat for fear that the child will be born with a harelip. The newborn is given paintings of children and rabbits representing that the child will have a peaceful and happy life.
The Fox who became a Priest:
The traditional Japanese fable tells of an old
fox who has grown tired of being hunted.
This is not a long scroll and suitable for display with a Bonsai
Size 54x 18 inches 137x45 cms
Artist is Yoshitoshi. Yoshitoshi has painted a beautifully
graphic scroll with just enough design to show the story. Initially you
may not see the fox but let your eyes become used to the design and then
you see the snout of the Fox coming out of the robe and where his robe
has slipped and then you see the back and bushy tail. The Fox is holding
a staff on the right.
|Scroll weights: Fuchin|
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