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Japanese Six Panel Gold Screen with Chrysanthemums on Gold Leaf

Edo Period (Late 18th/early 19th) Japanese 6-part screen in mineral pigments with heavy gold leaf on mulberry paper framed in lacquered wood. White and red chrysanthemums, molded vividly in gesso, staked with bamboo rods, grow naturally and abundantly next to a house or barn. Chrysanthemums, or Kiku, are the official symbol of imperial Japan. White chrysanthemums are thought to be particularly good luck. Below the flowers, bundles of drying rice stalks rest along a railing made of bundled thatch. The feeling is one of autumnal repose and harmony. Billowing clouds of gold leaf (kinpaku) frame the upper portion of the screen, creating a curvilinear counterpoint to the angular framing of the railing below. The dark undulating outline at the bottom of the composition may represent morning fog. The paper screen is framed in silk brocade. The condition of the piece is poor, with numerous small tears, some flaking of paint, and minor repairs. That said, the piece is aesthetically very strong and the damage is quite modest considering its age. We consider it a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of this age and quality in its original condition. It has been in the United States since at least the 1950s, in the possession of one Chicago family. The Edo Period is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan when Japan was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyō. The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, a stable population, "no more wars", and popular enjoyment of arts and culture. The shogunate was officially established in Edo on March 24, 1603, by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The screen comes in six panels and features white chrysanthemums on the gold leaf; wear consistent with age and use.
Origin | Japan
Year Made | 19th Century
Material | Soft Wood & Gold Leaf
Dimensions | 101"W x 1.75"D x 54"H
ID | 20S03001
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