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Mori Kinseki (1843-1921)  森琴石

Mori Kinseki (1843-1921) 森琴石

“Rock” 1886 岩石圖

Hanging scroll, ink on paper
134.3 x 64.7 cm. (52 7/8 x 25 1/2 in.)

“‘Nine Flowers within a Vase.'[1] During the eleventh lunar month of the year 1886 at Hekiun-kan in Nankai, Yozan (the modern Ehime prefecture), by Kinseki from Naniwa (Osaka).” “In the past a person commented on the wonders of rocks, talking about tou, ‘penetrated,’ and lou, ‘funnels.’ Since I understand the art of painting rocks, I painted this. Zhao Wenmin (Zhao Mengfu, 1254-1352), formerly painted ‘flying white rocks,’ as well as ‘coiled cloud rocks’ and also ‘horse-tooth-hook rocks.’ These three types exhaust the possibilities of rocks. Sun Hanyang (Sun Kehong, 1532-1610) promoted his ideas in an album, which if shown to Master Mi (Fu, 1051-1107), he would regard as worthy of abasing himself in a bow. Kinseki again recorded this.”

Artist’s seals:
Naniwa Kinseki; Choko dokusho; Kinseki

Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924)  富岡鉄斎

Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924) 富岡鉄斎

“Blind Connoisseurs Evaluating Antiquities” 1913


Fan painting, ink and color on silk
14.3 x 41.0 cm. (5 5/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

“‘Blind Connoisseurs Evaluating Antiquities.’ Done after the poetic idea of Tei Hankyō (Zheng Xie) by the recluse Tessai.”

Artist’s seal:

By Taigado Sadasuke (1839-1910)[1]

Box inscriptions:
By Tessai in 1913
By Taigado Sadasuke

Certificate of Authenticity:
Tomioka Tessai Authentication Group

Okada Hanko (1782-1846)  岡田 半江

Okada Hanko (1782-1846) 岡田 半江

“Gathering at the Orchid Pavilion” 蘭亭集

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
132.0 x 42.7 cm. (52 x 16 3/4 in.)

“Painted for Old Man Kitano of Kinjo (Nagoya) by Hanko, called Shuku.”

Artist’s seals:
Musei; Den-ashi

Box inscription:
“In 1912 by the recluse Chikuka, comparing this painting to the 11th century ‘Elegant Gathering in the Western Garden’ painted by Li Gonglin.”

Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907)<br>田能村直入

Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907)

“Retreat Beneath the Trees” 1890 林下居

Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
180.5 x 48.0 cm. (71 1/8 x 18 7/8 in.)

“Beneath the trees are many thoughts of the immortals,
morning and evening white clouds are close to me;
The road is bordered by tangles of lotus,
houses are adjacent to monkeys and cranes.
Composing the mind is a kind of pleasure,
lacking any business makes for a noble man;
Persimmons and chestnuts provide a sweet taste,
and I know not the aging of this body.

During the eighth lunar month of the year 1890, the twenty-third of the Meiji reign era, Myomyo-koji took one look at this scroll and deeply loved it, but he didn’t claim it. After considering his feelings, I decided to present this to him. To increase his pleasure with this scroll, I daily worked anew before giving it to him. Chokunyu.”

Artist’s seals:
Den-chi no in; Chiku-oh koji

Box inscription:
By Chokunyu in 1890, writing for Myomyo-koji, his pupil Hirao Chikka (1856-1939), the recipient of the painting.

Watanabe Suguru: Chokunyu-koji, Gazendo, 1925.

Accompanying documentation:
1. From committee formed for celebration of Chokunyu’s eighty-eighth birthday, 1901
2. From committee formed for commemoration of the first anniversary of Chokunyu’s death, 1908
3. Letter to Hatta Heijiro from a dealer recommending the painting to this wealthy businessman and collector in Osaka, 1926
4. Letter to Hatta Heijiro from dealer informing him that he has won the bidding for the painting, 1926
5. Letter to Hatta from close friend of Chikka, thanking him for acquiring the scroll and saying “It is a masterpiece that Chikka snatched from Chokunyu,” 1926
6. Letter to Hatta from committee of a Sencha tea ceremony at which the scroll was displayed, 1930


Kontani Koshun (1890-1945)

“Study Break” 休憩時間

Two-panel screen, ink and color on paper
168.0 x 156.0 cm. (66 1/8 x 61 3/8 in.)

Artist’s inscription:
“Painted by Koshun.”

Artist’s seal:

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