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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Snow covered plum Scroll by Araki Kanbo (Kanpo)

Snow covered plum Scroll by Araki Kanbo (Kanpo)

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920: Item # 1396566

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The plum is not burdened by the blanketing of snow, its blossoms peaking out with a promise of regeneration and rebirth. An ink on silk painting by Araki Kanbo mounted in fine silk patterned with bamboo and featuring large ivory rollers (these will be changed if exported). It is enclosed in a superb double wooden box titled Kanbo Hitsu Yuki-Chu Ume Zu and dated 1916, annotated by what appears to be the name Kogure. The scroll is 21 x 87 inches (53.5 x 220 cm). There is light foxing.
Araki Kanbo (1831-1915) was sent to study under Araki Kankai at the age of 9, and succeeded into that family when he was 22. In 1856 he became an official painter for the Tosa fief (soon to be embroiled in the struggle for change which would lead to the fall of the Edo government). As the Meiji era blossomed, he was awarded at the 1872 Vienna World Exposition, and this accelerated his fame, both domestic and abroad, and he completely reversed, beginning again by studying oil painting with Kawakami Kangai. Following this change, he reverted to Nihonga, but incorporating Nanga, and Western ideals into an entirely unique method. His new style had great appeal and he would be awarded at Paris, Chicago and Saint Louis as well as innumerable domestic exhibitions.