The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Taisho p. Japanese Scroll, Kacho by Sakakibara Shiho

Taisho p. Japanese Scroll, Kacho by Sakakibara Shiho


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920: Item # 1433230

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A red breasted Asian Brown Muscicapa shelters among the foliage of a chestnut tree tinged with autumn color, a common sight in the environs around Kyoto in the Fall as the migratory bird moves south. This piece is brushed by the easily identifiable and quite rare artist Sakakibara Shiho. Pigment on silk in the original signed box titled Autumn Color and dated Autumn of Taisho 7 (1918). It is bordered in fine Brocade appointed with ivory rollers (these will be changed if exporting). The scroll is 22-1/2 57 inches (57 x 134 cm). There is bubbling in silk in one area where it has come un-adhered. Restoration can be arranged if desired.
A pair of scrolls by Shiho from this same year are held in the Adachi Museum; as well a similar compostion dated circa 1920 in the collection of the Otani memorial Art Museum. Works are also in the collections of The Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art and The Seattle Art Museum among others.
Sakakibara Shiho (1887 – 1971) was born in Kyoto and studied traditional Japanese painting at the Kyoto City School of Arts and Crafts, graduating in 1907, then moved on to the Kyoto Municipal School of Painting (mod University of Art). While at the school, his works were accepted (1909) and awarded (1911) into the Bunten National Exhibition. He graduated there in 1913. Folowing his works would be exhibitied at both the Bunten and Inten National exhibitions. However, with his radical style garnering disapproval in official circles, in 1918, along with Tsuchida Bakusen, Irie Hakko, Ono Chikkyo and Murakami Kagaku founded the Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai. The organization changed its name to the Kokugakai in 1928, the same year Shiho took a position at his alma mater where he was awarded a professorship in 1937. His work was selected for exhibition in Rome in 1930, and around this time he also began exhibiting with the Teiten, then post war with the Shin Nitten. He was awarded for his life’s work by the Nihon Geijutsu-in (Japan Art Academy) in 1962. Happily, the Kokuga-kai has outlived its founders, and is still exhibiting annually to this day.