Fri, 3rd Dec 2021 13:00

Fine Japanese Art

 
Lot 293
 

293

KANO TSUNENOBU: A MUSEUM-QUALITY ‘GEESE IN WINTER’ EIGHT-PANEL FOLDING SCREEN, EX-COLLECTION KENZO TAKADA

By Kano Tsunenobu (1636-1713), signed Tsunenobu hitsu with seal Ukon Tsunenobu
Japan, 17th century, early Edo period (1615-1868)

The Byobu finely painted with ink on paper, with a silk brocade frame and mounted to a black-lacquered wood screen with gilt-metal fittings neatly incised with peony and foliate scroll.

Depicting a continuous scene with a gaggle of geese on a snowy outcrop, one standing on a gnarled willow covered in snow, with a flock of geese flying toward them in the background.

Signed lower left TSUNENOBU hitsu [made by Tsunenobu] and with a red seal Ukon Tsunenobu.

SIZE 206 x 75 cm (each panel) TOTAL SIZE 206 x 600 cm

Condition: Very good condition, particularly when considering the age, with minor wear, soiling, few small tears and losses.
Provenance: Galerie Gisèle Croës, Brussels, 1990. Kenzo Takada, acquired from the above. Kenzo Takada (1939-2020) was an iconic Japanese fashion designer living in France. He founded Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products, and clothes, and was the honorary president of the Asian Couture Federation. Takada was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor on 2 June 2016. For decades, Kenzo Takada had built an impressive and diverse collection of furniture, paintings, objects, works of art and fashion pieces, including many objects of fine Japanese art, displaying in his home a subtle balance between the influences of East and West, reflecting the free spirit of his creative genius.

The three lots from Kenzo Takada’s collection in this sale (lot 25, 293 & 303) were all objects he lived with in his apartment. overlooking the whole of Paris, for the last 15 years of his life, after his retirement.

Kano Tsunenobu (1636–1713) was a Japanese painter of the Kano school. He first studied under his father, Kano Naonobu, and then his uncle, Kano Tan'yu, after his father's death. He became a master painter and succeed his uncle Tan'yu as head of the Kano school in 1674. It is believed many works attributed to Tan'yu might actually be by Tsunenobu, but it is difficult to know since they often worked on larger pieces together.

Auction comparison:
Compare a pair of closely related eight-panel screens by the same artist, depicting cranes and pine trees in a similar winterly setting, at Christie’s, Japanese Screens, Paintings and Prints, 27 October 1998, New York, lot 146 (sold for 74,000 USD = 124,500 USD in today’s currency after inflation).

Starting price
€15,000
Estimate
€30,000
 

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By Kano Tsunenobu (1636-1713), signed Tsunenobu hitsu with seal Ukon Tsunenobu
Japan, 17th century, early Edo period (1615-1868)

The Byobu finely painted with ink on paper, with a silk brocade frame and mounted to a black-lacquered wood screen with gilt-metal fittings neatly incised with peony and foliate scroll.

Depicting a continuous scene with a gaggle of geese on a snowy outcrop, one standing on a gnarled willow covered in snow, with a flock of geese flying toward them in the background.

Signed lower left TSUNENOBU hitsu [made by Tsunenobu] and with a red seal Ukon Tsunenobu.

SIZE 206 x 75 cm (each panel) TOTAL SIZE 206 x 600 cm

Condition: Very good condition, particularly when considering the age, with minor wear, soiling, few small tears and losses.
Provenance: Galerie Gisèle Croës, Brussels, 1990. Kenzo Takada, acquired from the above. Kenzo Takada (1939-2020) was an iconic Japanese fashion designer living in France. He founded Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products, and clothes, and was the honorary president of the Asian Couture Federation. Takada was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor on 2 June 2016. For decades, Kenzo Takada had built an impressive and diverse collection of furniture, paintings, objects, works of art and fashion pieces, including many objects of fine Japanese art, displaying in his home a subtle balance between the influences of East and West, reflecting the free spirit of his creative genius.

The three lots from Kenzo Takada’s collection in this sale (lot 25, 293 & 303) were all objects he lived with in his apartment. overlooking the whole of Paris, for the last 15 years of his life, after his retirement.

Kano Tsunenobu (1636–1713) was a Japanese painter of the Kano school. He first studied under his father, Kano Naonobu, and then his uncle, Kano Tan'yu, after his father's death. He became a master painter and succeed his uncle Tan'yu as head of the Kano school in 1674. It is believed many works attributed to Tan'yu might actually be by Tsunenobu, but it is difficult to know since they often worked on larger pieces together.

Auction comparison:
Compare a pair of closely related eight-panel screens by the same artist, depicting cranes and pine trees in a similar winterly setting, at Christie’s, Japanese Screens, Paintings and Prints, 27 October 1998, New York, lot 146 (sold for 74,000 USD = 124,500 USD in today’s currency after inflation).

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Auction: Fine Japanese Art, Fri, 3rd Dec 2021

We're honored to present our latest catalog of Fine Japanese Art, comprising 309 lots. Highlights include three lots formerly in the collection of the late iconic fashion designer Kenzo Takada (lots 25, 293 & 303) and Important Buddhist Art from the Coppenrath collection (lots 117-123). The true sale highlight, however, is lot 87 – the extremely rare and highly important set of three emaki scroll paintings, measuring a total length of 55 m, and depicting the Gosannen war. This set would be a true highlight in any museum. We hope you enjoy browsing through our selection and are as always available for any enquiries you may have!

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