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Seller: flowerheartsmile (903) 100%, Location: Bellevue, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 232993828176 MAGNIFICENT SIX PANEL JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY FOLDING SCREENEdo Period (1603-1868) Exquisite folding screen, representing the epitome of the Asian aesthetic. A calligraphic masterwork exhibiting swirling brushstrokes boldly painted with elegance and balance. The 18 individual panels exhibit short poems, known as waka or kanshi, popular with the imperial court of the period. Only a few artists could render the fabulous wild style known as wild Grass Script (Caoshu, Kuangcao) with such sublime harmony. We have not yet had time to discover the artist who created these magnificent panels which were mounted on this Japanese folding screen during the Edo period (1603 -1868). Each of the 18 panels is sealed in red. Several very early Chinese calligraphers developed this magnificent style: Hua Su, the Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk and calligrapher. Zhang Xu, the crazy 8th century poet and calligrapher. Wang Duo (1592-1652), Ming Dynasty calligrapher and painter. Wen Peng (1498-1573), Ming Dynasty artist and calligrapher. Along with the superb calligraphy, the screen displays in bold fashion with rarely seen edge framing of Negoro lacquer. This was a process where objects such as bowls and trays made of wood were hand lacquered, first with black and then with vermilion red. The red lacquer wore away gradually and irregularly with use, revealing spots of the black underneath and producing the effect of natural aging for which these pieces are highly appreciated. We have never come across another folding screen utilizing this technique for the framing, as it was such a time consuming process that it was usually reserved for smaller objects. Examples of wild grass script of this quality are exceedingly rare. Most are single handscrolls and are held in the world's preeminent museum collections. The individual panels found on this screen are exquisitely rendered in ink on paper, and mounted upon a brilliant gold paper ground. The screen is of most handsome display size, measuring approximately 109 inches long and 48 inches tall when displayed flat (hung on a wall). Displayed standing and partially folded, length is determined by the degree to which the screen is opened, making it a highly versatile work of art. When folded closed for storage or shipment, the screen measures approximately 18.75 inches wide by 48 inches high by 4 inches thick. The screen is in excellent antique condition, exhibiting just minor occasional scattered wear commensurate with age, as is commonly found on Edo period Byobu. A most exquisite six panel folding screen which displays in spectacular fashion. Examples of calligraphy such as this rarely come on the open market. An extraordinary opportunity to own an important Asian treasure. Would make an exquisite centerpiece the most discriminating collector of world class art and antiques. See 12 photos above left for all of the exquisite detail. Click on large image to enlarge all with high definition feature. VIEW OUR OTHER ANTIQUE TREASURES & OFFERINGS HERE: We have many fine Asian antiques listed this week including Satsuma, Inro, Netsuke, Bronze, Foo Lions, Kutani, Jade, Coral, Baskets, Lacquer, Pottery, Snuff Bottles, Chado Tea Ceremony items, Tsuba, Menuki, Okimono, Woodblock Prints, Cinnabar Lacquer, Chinese Porcelain, Scrolls, Famille Rose, Ikebana Usubata, Yixing, Cloisonne, Hibachi, Kogo, Incense Censers, Okimono, Thangkas, Temple Items, and many more Chinese Antiques, Japanese Antiques, and Tibetan Antiques, from the Ming, Qing, Edo, and Meiji Periods. Click link above to see our other items. We have been in the antique business for 25 years, and highly value our customers. All items are carefully described and photographed. The items listed are antiques, and as such may have an expected amount of wear from normal use. Please note that cause for return does not include wear commensurate with age or color differences due to lighting or different computer monitors. When return is accepted by seller, the item must be shipped back within 3 days of receipt. Buyer assumes all shipping and insurance fees. If you have specific questions about the item or condition, please feel free to ask before bidding and we will make every effort to respond promptly. International buyers are responsible for any customs duties, taxes, etc. imposed by the buyer's home country. Washington state residents pay 9.5% sales tax. Ichi-go ichi-eTreasure every encounter, one chance in a lifetime copyright 2018. All rights reserved. Primary Material: Mixed Materials, Age: Edo Period (1603-1868), Type: Paintings, Scrolls & Prints, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, Region of Origin: Japan, Maker: sealed

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