Birds
   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. Here a few examples of these wonderful scrolls listed below the images.

 

 

 

 



Kashu Mynah on Camelia-Painting

Painting is 121x30 cm (47x12 inches) £1250. Restoration has been completed.

Kashu NUMATA - 1838-1901

Numata Masayuki, Bokusai, Kashu. A nobleman  from Owari province. Lived most of his life in Nagoya. Pupil of his grandfather Numata Gessai who had studied  ukiyo-e under Maki Bokusen and bunjinga under Baiistu. Numata was sufficiently highly regarded that he was commissioned by the emperor Meiji to decorate the Imperial Palace in 1888

Famous for a three volume book that he wrote and illustrated called Shucho Gafu between 1885 and 1916. This is one of his original paintings

Numata Kashu was from Nagoya and . He did a three volume kacho-ga in the period from about 1885 to 1890 and it was reprinted at least twice in the 20th century. Original printings of his books like this one are harder to find than the contemporary kacho books by Kono Bairei, Imao Keinen and Watanabe Seitei (Shotei). Numata was more concerned with the birds than with the flowers in his prints and his books are ornithologically more accurate than most of the genre.

Each book included as introductory material accompanying 12 leaves, printed both recto and verso, of striking color woodblock prints showing various species of birds in their natural habitats, some of the prints double page. Sm. 4to. Dec. stiff wrpps., tie-bound. Tokyo (Matsuyama-do Shoten/ Shosando Shoten) 1916.

 
This is the specially made silk covered and lined box that we have created for this wonderful scroll painting

From Amhurst College:

Shûchô Gafu (Pictorial Monograph of Birds) Volume 2  only (of three). 25.1 x 17.9 cm. 26 leaves including initial leaf of printed text 25 single- and 12 double-page colored plates and a final page (i.e. one side of a leaf) of printed text. Contemporary plain blue wrappers stitched Japanese style with red Japanese lettering piece on upper (right) cover. Printed endpapers. Yellow upper endpaper. Tokyo, Nakamura Sataro, 1885.

This is a beautiful work of the kachô genre with the wood blocks printed in subdued colors that include green, yellow, red, brown, orange, blue and dilutions of black. One or two of the plates are done in pure sumi-e i. e. varying dilutions of black and gray. Amongst the turn-of-the-century masters of kachô, including, besides Numata, Bairei Kôno, Watanabe Seitei (Shotei) and Keinen Imao, Numata seems to have been the most bird oriented, so much so that, according to Bartlett and Shohara, his later works published in Tokyo, barely qualify for the “ka” designation. His albums seem scarcer than those of the other artists.

According to the Yale catalog (their three-volume set is a 1938 issue), this work was published in three volumes beginning in 1885. Bartlett and Shohara do not name this work but mention three volumes by Numata of “beautiful bird and flower pictures in 1890...”.

Bartlett & Shohara, p. 241; Yale, p.212 (later issue)

 

Numata Kashû (1838-1901)

(Shûchô Gafu ) (Pictorial monograph of birds). (Volume 3 of 3?). 25.0 x 18.1 cm. Laid paper in Japanese double construction (conjugate leaves) sprinkled with mica. Red upper paste-down with Japanese characters and 27 leaves. Japanese-style stitched binding. Bound Japanese style right to left with patterned blue paper over card. Lacks title label slip from upper cover. (Tokyo, Nakamura Sataro ), 1889.

Red upper paste-down with characters; two leaves framed with double-green lines containing Japanese characters and two red stamps; 17 single and eight double-paged colored woodblock prints within single gray-ruled borders; final page of characters with two red stamps (different from those at beginning).

Numata Kashu was from Nagoya and was sufficiently highly regarded that he was commissioned by the emperor Meiji to decorate the Imperial Palace in 1888. He did a three volume kacho-ga in the period from about 1885 to 1890 and it was reprinted at least twice in the 20th century. Original printings of his books like this one are harder to find than the contemporary kacho books by Kono Bairei, Imao Keinen and Watanabe Seitei (Shotei). Numata was more concerned with the birds than with the flowers in his prints and his books are ornithologically more accurate than most of the genre. This one is exquisite with much brighter colors than the first volume and with some gauffrage and mica-sprinkled paper. Some of the color may have been applied by hand.

Bartlett & Shohara, p. 241

 

 

 

 

 


2: 'Image of a pair of Cockerels' signed by Shouzui (or Shozui) himself (Shouzui Jitei,  inscribed by himself, Shouzui) in the spring of 1929. That is what has been written on the artists box for this outstanding and very powerful depiction of Cockerels. The quality of the art is quite amazing and the colours are fresh and vibrant. This scroll has been exceptionally well cared for and no wonder. Its a jewel.

 Price £495

This is a wonderful painting of a Cockerel and family in the farmyard.

Year of the Rooster - 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053

The rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. For ancestors who had no alarm clocks, the rooster's crowing was significant, as it could awaken people to get up and start to work. Another symbolic meaning the rooster carries is exorcising evil spirits. People used to worship ancestors and believed in fortune telling for a long time.

Roosters are considered to be honest, bright, communicative, ambitious and warm-hearted. They might be enthusiastic about something quickly, but soon might be impassive. They have strong self-respect and seldom rely on others. As most roosters are born pretty or handsome, they might have several loves in their lives, treating each lover seriously. If they can overcome their arrogance, they will make more progress.

 

3: Watanabe Toukan 69x21 Sandpiper 1920 with box: £175

 

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

 

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.

 

 

5: Dark brown silks enhance this gentle picture of a flock of sparrows

Date 1900's Recently restored silk mounts

Size

£195 including Box

 

 

6: Pigeon and Maple Keizan 72 x 20 181 x 49 with Box £155

The work is signed Keizan. His real name is Umemura Toyozaburou, born 1866 in Kyoto. He was a student of Imao Keinen and Suzuki Mizuhiko.

 

 

Crow and Mume-Plum blossom 74x17 Inc Box

A wonderful painting of a crow on a plum blossom branch. £225

Painted by Shuou in 1938

 

 

 

Japanese long tail Crow (sometimes referred to a Japanese Mynah)
It has the signature of  HYAKUSUI HIRAFUKU
.  1877-1933.

A truly outstanding work in completely original condition. I can have this scroll restored, remounted etc but I felt that the scroll was in a state that was entirely acceptable bearing in mind the importance of this artist. The light creases will mostly come out  when hung with Fuchin Scroll Weights, that should be fine.  Length 70.7" / Width 18.5" with the original artists box signed inside as well. Date circa 1920 £450-(Please note that I will take some of the creases out before selling)

Hirafuku Hyakusui(平福百穂, 1877 - October 30, 1933) was a Japanese Painter, son of the painter Suian Hirafuku,. He was the uncle of Kenji Tomiki, the creator of Tomiki Aikido system. He studied under the great painter Kawabata Gyokusho (1842-1913)-see notes below.

Hyakusui Hirafuku Born in Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture. After graduating from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, he founded the "Museikai" society and set out to revolutionize Nihon-ga (Japanese style painting) with his naturalistic style of Nihon-ga which incorporated Western realism

In 1899 Hyakusui Hirafuku,  graduated from the Japanese-style painting division of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. He exhibited paintings at the Bunten and Teiten, but he also turned his hand to lithographs, woodblock prints and mixed-media illustrations. He contributed to many early 20th century magazines, such as Hôsun. He published Fuji isshû - A Tour of Fuji in 1907 and Sansui zuien ki - Travel notes on mountains and sea in 1914. In the later part of his career he was primarily a painter.
 

Collections containing  works by this artist: Japan
Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu City

National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai

National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo

Previous auction price for this artist

Mainichi Auction /Dec 13, 2008
Price: €998.23
Books containing  references and works by this artist:

Kusamakura and Buncho. Translated by Umeji Sasaki. Illustrated by Hyakusui Hirafuku. [Hardcover]

Soseki (Umeji Sasaki, tr.) Natsume (Author

Hirafuku Hyakusui sobyoshu (Japanese Edition) [Tankobon Hardcover]

Hyakusui Hirafuku

Hyakusui Hirafuku (Author)

Kaiso Hirafuku Hyakusui Sensei (Japanese Edition) [Unknown Binding]

Ikuyo Matsumoto (Author)

Notes of Hyakusai Hirafuku's teacher:

Kawabata Gyokusho (1842-1913) was born in Kyoto City Takakura Nijo Kawaramachi on April 14, 1842 (The 13th year of Tenpo) as Ryunosuke, the son of Kawabata Sahei a lacquer artisan who did maki-e. He learned Chinese poetry from his father and as well as the craft of maki-e. Around 1852 (the fifth year of Kaei) Gyokusho learns Maruyama painting style from Nakajima Raisho and learned Chinese and Japanese philosophy, culture, and history as well as interpreting art from Oda Kaisen. In 1866 (the second year of Keio) Gyokusho moves to Edo and makes a living making kaleidoscopes and woodblock print fold outs for magazines and learns Western style painting.  Gyokusho at that time earns his first award at the Naikoku kangyo Exhibiton under the naikoku Kaiga kyoushinkai. His skills were admired by Okakura Tenshin and asks Kawabata Gyokusho to be his school, the Tokyo Arts Academy (Now Tokyo University of the Fine Arts) to be its professor and serves from 1888 (21st year of Meiji) until 1912 (the 45th year of Meiji). Gyokusho submitted art to the Nihon Kaiga kyoka who were a group who did contemporary works as well as the Nihon Bijutsu Kyokai who were mainly for the older styles. As being a center figure of the older school group he was selected to paint the cedar doors of the imperial palace in 1888. His works combine the Maruyama school with Western realist styles and during his latter years he experimented with Bunjin styles. In the latter part of the 19th century, Kawabata Gyokusho participates with the Imperial Art board (Teishitsy gigei in) and in 1909 establishes his own art school. In 1897 he is part of the board for the historical preservation of temples and shrines as well as a member who examines and appraises items to be selected to become national treasures. He was known for his efforts in preserving ancient art and had wide influence within artists circles. Gyokusho was also known by his other names, Kyotei and Sho-ou (his choice for Sho-ou, the character shou if the sections of the character are separated is the same as Gyokusho) His son Kawabata Shigeaki was also an artist including Kawabata Gyokusetsu (a member of the family) Shigeaki inherits the school and becomes the second generation. His Grandson, Kawabata Minoru was an artist specializing in oil paintings and was in New York as a researcher, painter, and teacher at the New York School for Social Research.

Note on Crow Mythology in Japan:Yata-garasu is a giant three-legged crow that played an important role in Japan’s creation myth. The son of the Sun Goddess, he led the descendants of the sun Goddess to the homeland of the Japanese in Nara Prefecture. Yata-garasu is the featured on the emblems worn by the Japanese national soccer team


 



 


   

 

10: Kôun, Yamada 耕雲 山田 (1907 - 1989) A lovely scroll painted in the kachō-ga., flowers and birds study style With antique Kimono silk covered box £190


 

 

 

 

 

 

11: The Magpie in the Willow (Osier Sinensis)


Scroll signature : Xu Beihong dated 1947

Xu Beihong (1895 to 1953) was a internationally renowned artist and art teacher.
He specialised in Chinese Ink painting and achieved great recognition for his work.
His most famous painting is of a horse, The Beihong Horse.


He was held in  great respect throughout Chinese Art circles and has been studied in many countries where he held a number of exhibitions and headed up courses in Chinese Art

 He eventually became the first director of the China Art Academy and the first Chairman
of the China Artistry Association. His works are in a number of private and public collections.

Size:
£325 including silk covered Chinese box

Magpies in China use willow as a nest building material and in the spring their chattering is easily heard in wet areas where willows grow.

 


12: This fine Hawk Scroll was remounted recently. It comes with a new box and the original painting dates to the second part of the 19th Century £275

The painter of this scroll is by the artist Yusin. Painted in the 1920's, Yuson has captured the Hawk watching carefully for its dinner

53x27 inches / 136x69 cms  In its own box £275

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


13: This picture itself needs to be adjusted soon. The silk mounts are pale grey and not blue

This is a bird on a Cherry tree and symbolises Spring Being a shorter scroll it is an
excellent background Scroll for a Tokonoma

SOLD


 


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 . £245 Reserved


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


16: Kawasemi-Kingfisher

This is a painting that was on a scroll in the past. When I found this in Japan there was no scroll so I remounted the painting with silk mounts. The scroll has an Antique Kimono silk covered box  £155

The Kingfisher: A subtle metaphor for 'Always Ready'. Newly restored with original ends and new Box. £175


17: The Eagle by Hu Ke Zhong 1991

This is a very special scroll painted by one of Chinas outstanding Scroll artists. His work is rare and few and far between so this is indeed a special scroll for the collector.

Sold at his exhibition in Japan in 1992. This was Hu Ke Zhong's last exhibition before he died.

 

在书画创作交流方面,馆员亦有卓越成就。名誉馆员彭友善在北京举办个人画展时,其作品《篱竹鸡栖图》、《长啸》、《群雏图》三幅为中国美术馆收藏;胡克中1992年在日本举办个人画展,受到当地赞誉;黄天璧应国家人事部邀请,于1996年底参加第二次全国书画人才交流会;何报榴彩墨画《巴山日出》被选入欧洲中国书画院举办的"中国画佳作欧洲巡回展",在德、法、比等6国巡回展出,并获佳作奖。

Painting and calligraphy'1992 Hu Ke Zhong held personal exhibitions in Japan to great Local acclaim'
This news shows Hu Ke Zhong was member of the Literrary and History Association(文史馆),
In the past, only older famous people could join such an association. Most of them were former
members of Guomindang government.
 
We found  this link and called them. The director Mr.He, told us that
Hu Kezhong was indeed a very famous professor of Art in China but has been dead for many years.

This scroll is an outstanding example of Chinese Scroll art at the very highest level and comes with the original artists signed box. Sold

Gallery and auction prices in China have reached in excess of £2500 / $3300 for scrolls by this artist.

 


 


19: Asagao To Sekirei: Morning Glory and Wagtail 72.7 x 23.7 Including the original Box by the artist. £210

The Morning Glory in Chinese Art, a story for lovers

The star-shaped morning glory is symbolic of a single day each year in which the Chinese lovers, Chien Niu and Chih Neu, are allowed to meet. According to Chinese lore, Chien Niu was a boy start who was entrusted to take care of water buffalo in the heavenly kingdom. A girl star named Chih Neu was put in charge of seamstress duties. They fell in love, and the romance caused them to neglect their duties. In anger, God forced the young lovers to be separated on both sides of the Silver River and allowed then to meet only once during the whole year. So having tis painting represents a symbol for two people who are in love but with the reminder that they need to find time for their responsibilities to their work,  family and home.

The morning glory is aptly named, as the flower blooms in the morning and dies by the afternoon. The flowers are funnel-shaped and prefer full sun. Morning glories will grow in poor, dry soil. They are a vine flower and are highly useful for trellises where they reduce the heating and cooling costs of buildings.

Ancient and Modern Uses of Morning Glories
Morning glories are known in China for their medicinal properties. The seeds are said to have a laxative effect. Large amounts of the seeds can also be hallucinogenic.

The water morning glory, also known as water spinach or swamp cabbage, can be eaten like lettuce.

In ancient Mesopotamia, morning glory juice was used in combination with substance from the Castilla elastica tree to make a bouncing rubber ball over 3,000 years ago.

The wagtails form the passerine bird genus Motacilla. They are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently.
Motacilla, the root of the family and genus name, means moving tail
There are three species in China, Korea and Japan however generally there are two that live in China, the
Japanese Wagtail Motacilla grandis and the  Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea


TAKA TO OIMATSU Hawk on an old pine


20: TAKA TO OIMATSU Stellars Eagle on old pine £225.
I really like this painting. A very powerful image of a raptor that has great presence.

 


21: Fish Eagle diving into a wave. A superb painting full of energy. Restored mounts and original scroll wood ends. With box £225 C1920


22: An extremely beautiful scroll suitable for Bonsai Display. Wild Duck &Iris
54x27 138x67.4 with Box £175

 

 


 

23: Snow Bunting-on Nandin.  

Another beautiful Japanese painting.
Measurements : 55.2cm by 196cm / 21.7" by 77.1"
 

The Scroll ends-Jiku,  are made of Ceramic
Hand painted on Silk.
With original artists Pauwlana box.

£295 ($420)

 


 

24: Snow Buntings and Nandin ( Heavenly Bamboo-Nandina Domestica)
A traditional Japanese subject of Buntings, Sparrows and Robins to cheer you up during winter time as this heralds the Spring

Seishu painted this Sparrow and Nandina  (Domestica) Heavenly Bamboo in Snow with the artists own hand made box for this lovely composition. £275

 


 

25: Ibis and Iris 1900 art nouveau style of painting1900 71.8x21.6
A very well painted scroll with a fine elegant hand. £190


 



 

 
 


27: We have a special section for Geese, one of favourite birds, but here is an example of the quality in that section

Moon goose 1850. An absolutely beautifully painted rendition of a goose flying in front of the moon painted by scroll artist Koumei..

The quality of the painting is archetypical of Japanese Painting of the 19th century. A style that inspired the famous French impressionist of the 1880's period into the early 20th century.

The scroll has been remounted onto similar coloured silk mounts as the original scroll mounts were badly stained.

With its box £225

Signature: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.

 

 

 

 


Before scroll restoration                           After restoration

A little note, there is another Koumei in records, but this Koumei is from the late Meiji to early Showa period, 1850 to 1900. The second Koumei I found was a latter Showa (1900) artist known as Ikeda Koumei and he specialised in Buddhist art and landscapes.



 
The Peacock Signed Shunzo 28.3x56.1 inches Signed Artists Box. Date 1900  £225

Gyokusen玉泉 (A.D. 1834-1913) N. Mochizuki Shigemine望月重岑 A.Shuitsu主一, F.N. Shunzo 駿三, Go. Gyokusen玉泉Gyokkei 玉溪 S. Japanese style. Pupil of his father Gyokusen. L & C. Lived in Kyoto. Members of the Imperial Art Committee. Sp. flower and birds


29:Bird on Kiku-Crysanthemum 1900

72.9x23.8 £195

A stunningly beautiful remounted scroll painted by Daiu


 

30: Miyake Kazumitsu(b1939) Kingfisher and Bamboo 20 X 72.4 inches

Original artists Box.

 

Miyake Kazumitsu (b1939) Kingfisher and Bamboo 20X72.4 Painted c 1980. Original Artists Box

Born in 1939 in Gifu prefecture, learned painting from his father who was also a painter. Later he was trained under Gifu prefecture's top artist, Kojima Shikou and began creating his own works. Kazumitsu is very skilled in almost all subjects, whether it is kacho-ga (flower and bird), landscapes, or human subjects he has has received high praise for his skills and work as an artist. He is a former member of the Bokujin-kai and President of Toyo Bijutsu Kai.

£375 Reserved


31; Signature of Koka 'Blue Kamo-Duck' 52x28.  With Artists Box. £220

The signature is of an extremely important painter, Murayama Koka This was painted around 1930. Murayama was an "Imperial Examiner of Art," and the recipient of many other honours as an artist.


 

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