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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 177

    Kunii Oyo (1868-1923) and Yamamoto Toyo (19th-20th Century)

    Pine trees in snow

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Kunii Oyo (1868-1923) and Yamamoto Toyo (19th-20th Century)
    Pine trees in snow
    Signed Oyo sha and Toyo, sealed Oyo no in, Toyo and other seals
    Pair of six-panel screens; ink, gold and gold leaf on paper
    42 1/8 x 102¾in. (107 x 261cm.) (2)


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    Oyo copied the pair of screens by his ancestor Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795), a National Treasure in the Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo. For another screen of the same subject by Oyo dated 1901, see Mitsui Bunko, ed., Mitsui Bunko soritsu hyakunen kinen: Mitsui Bunko meihinten/Treasures of the Mitsui Bunko: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Mitsui Bunko (Tokyo: Mitsui Bunko, 2002), pl. 23.

    Little is known about Toyo, but according to Higuchi Kazutaka, Toyo probably had a close relationship with Yamamoto Tokoku (d. 1890) who worked in Kyoto for the northern branch of the Mitsui family as a painter. Toyo's diary Kioku for the years 1896-98 when he worked as a painter for the Mitsui family is preserved in the Mitsui Bunko Library.

    Provenance

    Mitsui family, Kyoto