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Hand Scroll, My Favorite Things, Tanomura Chokunyu

Hand Scroll, My Favorite Things, Tanomura Chokunyu

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920: Item # 1425565

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A very personal Makimono hand scroll by legendary Literati artist Tanomura Chokunyu titled Rogo Komi (Favorite Flavors in Old Age) with imagery and explanations of things which he found comforting after his retirement from the world, the scroll annotated by his student Kanemoto Shunko. Ink on paper in a spontaneous style bordered in mustard colored cloth flecked with gold. The imagery begins with a full tea set, indispensable to the practitioner of Sencha, a moment of tranquility. That is followed by a beautifully rendered covered bowl in rich black ink, various foods such as eggs and aubergine. A stemmed glass from which he enjoyed drinking. Sweet rice cake, fruits and fishes. A deep jar, is it filled with pickles or fresh water? A Nyoi or scepter carried by scholars and Buddhists. The addendum is followed by an annotation from a collector (possibly the poet and scholar O-un Sanjin) dated 1924. The scroll is roughly 3.5 meters long (11-1/2 feet), 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It is bound in kinrande gold threaded silk, wrapped in a silk cloth and contained in a wooden box titled: Chokunyu Gashi Rogo Komi Maki (Beloved things in old age, written by the old man Chokunyu), inside is written: Respectfully attested to by his student Shunko on the 4th month of Taisho 2 (1913).
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 Chikuden’s 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, his influence on subsequent generations of Japanese artists there cannot be overestimated. He eventually withdrew from the world, becoming an Obaku Zen Monk in 1902.
Kanemoto Shunko (1855-1926) was born in Matsue. He studied art and was employed as a teacher from 1872 to 1878, when he met Tanomura Chokunyu who was visiting the area. So impressed was he with the artist that he moved to Kyoto the following year to apprentice under him.