Geese, Ducks and Water birds




Geese in Japanese Literature and Culture

Hyakujo (724-814) one day went out attending his master Baso.
A flock of wild geese was seen flying and Baso asked, 

“What are they?”

“They are wild geese, sir.”

“Whither are they flying?”

“They have flown away, sir?”

Baso abruptly taking hold of Hyakujo’s nose gave it a twist. Overcome with pain, Hyakujo cried aloud, “Oh! Oh!”

“You said they have flown away,” Baso said, but all the same they have been here from the very beginning.”

This made Hyakujo’s back wet with perspiration.

He had satori.

Baso’s approach can therefore be called a direct method of awakening in Zen

Attaining Satori:
Practitioners of Zen Buddhism attain satori through personal experience: Satori (悟り) (Chinese: 悟; pinyin: wù; Korean 오)
 is a Japanese Buddhist term for "enlightenment." The word literally means "understanding." "Satori" translates as a flash of
sudden awareness, or individual enlightenment, and while satori is from the Zen Buddhist tradition, enlightenment can be simultaneously considered "the first step" or embarkation toward nirvana. Satori is typically juxtaposed with a related term known as kensho, which translates as "seeing one's nature." Kensho experiences tend to be briefer glimpses, while satori is considered to be a deeper spiritual experience. Satori is as well an intuitive experience and has been described as being similar to awakening one day with an additional pair of arms, and only later learning how to use them



2: Moon Goose

Kida Kado 1802-1879
Late Edo (Bakumatsu) to Early Meiji Period artist.
Kida was born in 1802 in the famous village of Sekigahara, Fuwa-gun (known for the battle in 1600) in Gifu prefecture. His other names were
Keisei, Hakuju,Yuchikusekikyo, and Hansen-o. In his early years he went to Kyoto to study under the Kishi sect of painting under the noted master Kishi Ganku and Gantai. After his study he travels around Northern Japan for 20 years and met with reknowned scholars and other bunjin. Around 1848-1859, Kida settles in Nagoya city Hiroi. His elegant and simple paintings made his a respected artist of the Kishi sect and gained many disciples and even the approval of the Lord of Owari where he was assigned to be the resident artist for the clan. There are many of his works left in Nagoya Castle.

It was known that Kida favoured simple life and writing poetry, even his daily schedule was simple: he would wake up early in the morning and for the entire morning would be busy doing paintings and designing his next works and would stop around the lunch hour. In the afternoon he would meet with his guests and would read books. He also would exchange his ideas and thoughts with like minded friends and enjoyed antiques and tea. He never cared how much people would pay for his paintings, his most enjoyment was that people would take interest in his paintings and enjoy his style.

In his later years he started to hate the excitement of the city and moved to Otobashi, south of the city. Even so, many people continued to request his paintings until his death in 1879. He was 78 years old. 

The early 20th century scroll painter Kado created this wonderful evocation of a Goose flying in moonlight. in1930

The scroll is damaged and the painting needed to be treated to remove some of the creases. This work took place in July 2010. It is a lot of work so we are not rushing this project. The scroll mounts will be similar to the original scroll mount colours.

With a box this scroll is £375

A little note, there is a Koumei in records, but this Koumei is an earlier period around late Meiji to early Showa period. The second Koumei I found was a latter Showa artist known as Ikeda Koumei but he specializes in Buddhist art and landscapes.


This is what the scroll looked like before restoration. The mounts were badly damaged and the painting was very creased.

A little hard to read and the seal is very light, but I think this is Koumei. The theme moon and goose is known to represent autumn where the geese are heading south and the moon usually is related to the month of September during the 15th night where offerings of small dumplings and autumn grass is set  on the window or the terrace like area where the moon is visible and celebrates the coming of autumn.

This scroll has been restored with new silk mounts. The originals were  badly damaged. We will keep to the original colours of the mounts.  With a box this beautiful scroll is £225

A little note, there is a Koumei in records, but this Koumei is an earlier period around late Meiji to early Showa period. The second Koumei I found was a latter Showa artist known as Ikeda Koumei but he specializes in Buddhist art and landscapes.


This is what the scroll looked like before professional restoration

                                                                                 And this is after restoration

Wader-A summer Scroll. A new set of Silks was needed for this very old circa 1850 scroll. £225   NM



Hashimoto Kansetsu (橋本関雪, 1883-1945) Pair of Geese.
He was a painter of nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) who was active in the Kyoto art world during the Showa and Taisho eras.

Born in Kobe, he was the son of the painter Hashimoto Kaikan, from whom he gained a love of Chinese culture. He studied at Chikujokai, a private school established by the famous nihonga painter Takeuchi Seiho(1864-1842), but eventually withdrew due to differences of opinion. He visited Europe in 1921 and after that spent part of almost every year in China. Many of his paintings were inspired by Chinese scenery or Chinese classical literature. His former residence in Kyoto is now a museum of his work called the Hakusasonso (白沙村荘), or Hashimoto Kansetsu Memorial House.

Recently restored with a period Kimono silk in a water plant pattern covered box. £190

4: Yamamoto Baiitsu [also known as Yamamoto Shinryo; Baiitsu; Baika; Gyokuzen]

(b Nagoya, 1783; d Nagoya, 1856). Japanese painter. He was the son of a sculptor, who worked for the Owari clan. He probably first studied with Yamamoto Ranei, a minor Kano school artist, who later switched to  painting ukiyoe (‘pictures of the floating world’). It is said that another early teacher when Baiitsu was a child was Yamada Kyujo (1747–93), a prominent exponent of literati (Jap. Nanga or Bunjinga) painting in Nagoya, who died when Baiitsu was only ten years old. However, it is more likely that Baiitsu studied under Cho Gessho (1770–1832), a Shijo school painter and haikupoet who was a pupil of Kyujo. Baiitsu also claimed to have been influenced by the Nagoya artist Tanaka Totsugen (1767–1823), founder of the Yamatoe revival (Fukko Yamatoe) movement. The most formative influence on Baiitsu’s approach to painting was that of his mentor, the merchant and collector Kamiya Ten’yu (1710–1801), who also patronized other literati painters, including Nakabayashi Chikuto (1776–1853). Baiitsu studied and copied Ten’yu’s collection of Chinese paintings of the Yuan (1279–1368) to Qing (1644–1911) periods, a practice he continued throughout his career and it is that influence that has given this scroll a slightly Chinese similarity. He was also instructed by Ten'yu in Chinese painting methodology and, under his guidance, developed an interest in a variety of literati pursuits, including the collecting and connoisseurship of Chinese painting, the preparing of tea in Chinese style (sencha) and the writing of Japanese classical verse (waka) and Chinese-style poetry. This wonderful scroll encompasses all of this formative education and is an outstanding example of Baiitsu's creative ability.

4: Signed Baiitsu Yamamoto Ryo sha and sealed 1783-1856 68x13.2 Mandarins with Box £750
-Average auction price for this artist is between 2 and 3 thousand dollars


14: The Heron. .by Unkei.  Recently remounted and restored. The silk mounts are antique Kimono Silk of Willow branches with a fan to emphasis being cool in hot weather. The silk is beautiful and comes with a matching box in the same silk . £245Sold

15: The Herons Painted by the renowned artist Hoyo in 1900
A truly beautiful scroll.

With specially made box covered in Antique Kimono Silk £190









30: Miyake Kazumitsu(b1939) Kingfisher and Bamboo 20X72.4

Original artists Box. Sold


Pair of Kamo. Mallard ducks in winter. Ducks remain faithful to each other when in pairs and this painting also symbolises a good marriage.

This is an original 1920's Japanese watercolour painting on paper. It has now been mounted onto a small card for display with  Shikishi Scroll.ts
Painting size: 29 x 6.1cm 11.5x2.4

Signed lower right, stamp verso explaining it was hand painted in Tokyo and retailed by Matsumoto Studio, London who were active in the 1920's

Nota Bene: The Matsumoto Studio are listed in the 1921 Directory of London as picture dealers, Chester Road, Kennington which dates the painting firmly to the 1920's

I have a few of their paintings mounted onto cards. £75 each


These are also suitable for mounting into frames.










The Dawn-A Cockerel crows
A painting done circa1900 of a cockerel crowing on top of a hen house.
Approach of dawn with a rising sun through morning clouds.
Painted on traditional Washi Paper and silk scroll mountings.
Bone Scroll ends
76.5 x 20.4 inches- 195 x 52cms

Including Box. £225


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