Rihei Kawamura (1851-1923), President of the Naigai Cotton Company in Osaka, was deputed in 1889 by the spinning industry to import Indian cotton. He was the pioneer of Naigai's investment in China for establishing Japanese-owned mills in Shanghai. Kawamura practised calligraphy and was passionate about Chinese art. During his stay in Shanghai, he sponsored the establishment of the Water Moon School where his memorial statue was erected at the same time.
This selection of fan leaves is part of his collection which he gradually assembled while travelling between China and Japan.
MA SHOUZHEN (1548-1604)
Mandarin Ducks and Rock
Fan leaf, mounted and framed,
ink and colour on gold paper
16 x 49 cm. (6 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)
Signed, with two seals of the artistFurther inscribed by Tang Jingfu, Si Ting and Wang Chang'an, with a total of five seals
Nine collectors' seals
CHINESE FAN LEAVES FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF RIHEI KAWAMURA