Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Monsters Drinking Tea by Kano Tessai
Please refer to our stock # J019 when inquiring.
A goblin prepares a bowl of tea for a startled looking demon, perhaps caught off guard by his unusual host, or the elegant confines of the unfamiliar surroundings of the tea room. It is by Kano Tessai and comes enclosed in a wooden box annotated by his student in 1930. Ink and light color on paper in a beige cloth border with rosewood rollers befitting the famous woodworker. It is 43 x 197 cm (17 x 77-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
Kano Tessai (1845-1925) was born the son of a netsuke carver in Gifu, and was tutored in classical Confucian style with an emphasis on the arts and literati traditions. A painter and sculptor, his roots in literati had a profound impact on his art, and a sense of age and loss pervades his creations. He served as professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo from 1890 and commuted from his home in Nara. Like much of the Japanese traditional arts, he accentuates the randomness and imperfections of nature, be that in utilizing a flaw in the wood or creating a sense of decrepitude while retaining a freedom from conviction unusual for more formalized Japanese arts. A set of 20 Netsuke in the shape of delipidated masks is held in the collection of the Freer-Sackler Art Galleries. For More See the book “Kano Tessai-ten, Shirarezaru meiko” (2003)
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