Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Ducks Wintering Under Full Moon, Mizutani Honen, Taisho p.
Please refer to our stock # F109 when inquiring.
The moon rises high, piercing the cloud laden autumn sky to illuminate a raft of ducks returning to Japan from their summer in Siberia sheltered in the lee of a river bank under the comforting boughs of gnarled trees lost in the mist. Pigment on silk in a superb border of gray silk the color of evening-sky patterned with ripples with an ichimonji of water-skippers on pale white and solid ivory rollers (these will be changed for something suitable if exporting). The scroll is 56 x 210 cm (22 x 83 inches) and in excellent condition. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1917 (Taisho 6) and titled Tsuki ni Gun-kamo (Family of Ducks in Moonlight).
Mizutani Honen (1879-1928) was born in Nagoya, and studied under Nakajima Yunen as well as Ishikawa Yurin. He was especially noted for his natural depictions of Kacho (bird and flower) paintings and was strongly influenced by the style of Yamamoto Baitsu. His work was selected for exhibition nationally at the Bunten among other important expositions.
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