FOR SALE | BYOBU | Poetry of Spring

Solitary Plum Tree - Poetry of Spring

Six-panel screen

Rinpa school artist

Edo period(1603-1868), 19th century

Ink and mineral colours on gold and silver leaf

H 168.5 cm x W373.4 cm

Immaculate condition

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The plum is a symbol of spring, a tree which resists the cold and begins to blossom at the end of winter. It was probably introduced from China in the Nara period (the 8th century) and was initially the most frequently mentioned flower in Japanese poetry, celebrated for its sweet perfume and delicate blossoms.  The vivid blue and white iris is called  "Kakitsubata", one of the three types of iris, grows by the water, the symbol of May.

The Japanese lily stands elegantly radiating its beauty which was brought by Dr Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866) from Japan to Europe in the 19th century.


This painting is characterized by the flat, decorative style typical of the Rinpa school. Most Rinpa artists followed in the footsteps of the great masters such as Tawaraya Sōtatsu( ca1600-1640), Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716) and Sakai Hōitsu(1761-1828), and this work certainly exemplifies the tradition.  They express their inborn sensibilities in a free use of vivid colours and bold decorative pattern. Rinpa masters’ works share at least one important feature: the striking beauty of abstract pattern and design. 


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FOR SALE | Japanese Cloisonné Vase

Japanese Cloisonné Vase


Size : hight 18.5cm x width 10 cm

Meiji Period (1868 -1912)

Price :  €750

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At the dawn of the 20th century, Japan was transformed. Over 200 years of feudal society and isolation ended and opened its doors to the world with rapid industrialisation and westernisation, while the artists and craftsmen continued to polish their skills to the world top class and inspired the western artists and art collectors. Still, its heritage is much enjoyed and loved, as seen in the world-leading Khalili collections.



Immaculate Antique Japanese Cloisonné vase, from the Meiji period. Beautifully finished with the detailed patterns and drawing at the edge of the vase, which shows its quality and highest skilled craftsmanship. Capturing the fragile beauty of the flower and respecting the space and silence in expression, which is the characteristics of the Rimpa school style of the Edo period. The style inspired and influenced European and American artists and later we can see the result in Art Nouveau.

This design is made in the same style as the one by Ando Jubei, exhibited at "Meiji Kogei - Amazing Japanese Art" exhibition in Hosomi Museum Kyoto (驚きの明治工芸)




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"Plants and Flowers"   Be in the now....

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with a touch of love and light." - Azumi