A spectacular pair of screens dating from the later Edo period by Nakanishi Koseki depicting the full moon rising beyond ragged plum branches laden with blossoms, and water flowing past an ancient pine encrusted with linghi mushrooms. Ink and light pigment on paper with applied gold flake. The set has been completely remounted in a patterned green silk border with black lacquered frame backed in sturdy blue cloth. There are two drips on the second panel from the left of the pine screen, and some scattered insect damage restored. The Pine is dated summer 1850 and signed Koseki Ueoka-sei followed by two seals. The screens are 173 cm (68 inches) tall, 367.5 cm wide (12 feet).
Nakanishi Koseki (1807-1884) was born in Fukuoka. He went to Osaka where he studied under Shinozaki Shochiku, then to Kyoto where he studied under the great artist Oda Kaisen. He established himself as a top rated artist iin Kyoto during the late Edo and early Meiji period and was considered one of the three best landscape artists in Japan, alongside Hine Taizan (1813-1870) and Maeda Chodo (1817-1878). Works by the artist are held in a number of private collections and museums, including the Ashmolean.