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Edo p. Japanese Makimono of Scholars 1864 Tanomura Chokunyu


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900: Item # 1367657

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Two sets of painted alcove doors remounted onto makimono hand scrolls dated summer of 1864 and signed Miya Denchi, one of a dozen betsu-go (alternative names) of the famed 19th century literati Tanomura Chokunyu. The smaller scroll is total length of 353 cm (11 feet 4 inches), 31 cm (12 inches) wide, painting length 177 cm (70 inches). It is bound in patterned silk and bordered in white satin patterned with dragons among clouds, featuring ivory rollers. The larger scroll is total length 521 cm (18 feet), 35.5 cm (14 inches) wide. It is signed and dated, bound in silk with gold flaked paper border. There is some creasing typical of age. They were re-mounted from doors as scrolls in the early 20th century (as evidenced by the filled holes where the door handles once were). Both are by the same artist, and come in fine custom kiri-wood boxes. If you would like higher resolution photos please inquire.
Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907) was born in Oita (the Oka Feif) and studied initially under Okamoto Baisetsu before moving to paint under the famous literatus Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835), who adopted him as a son and had a very strong influence on the young artist. Upon Chikudens death he also studied briefly under Oshio Chusai (1792-1837) then finally ventured out on his own upon that teachers passing. He moved to Kyoto, where he helped found the Kyoto Municipal School of painting, and his influence on Meiji painting and the coming generation of early 20th century painters cannot be overestimated. He eventually withdrew from the world, becoming an Obaku Zen Monk in 1902.