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ATTRIBUTED TO KAWANABE KYOSAI: A SCROLL PAINTING OF KANNON BOSATSU ON A LOTUS BUD Attributed to Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889), signed Seiseisai Kyosai sho with seal Japan, 19th century Ink and gouache on paper. Mounted as a hanging scroll on a silk brocade frame, with bone jikusaki (roller ends). Depicting Kannon Bosatsu seated on mikaifu renge (unopened lotus bud) rising from a long stem on marshy waters. Inscriptions: Signed to the left margin, ‘Seiseisai Kyosai sho’ [Painted by Kyosai, Seiseisai] 惺々斎暁斎書. With a square seal (unread). Image SIZE 112.5 x 49 cm, SIZE incl. mounting 174 x 60.4 cm Condition: Good condition with minor wear and creasing. Slight browning of paper and minor scattered patches and losses. Provenance: From the estate of Sear Hang Hwie Pao (1937-2009). Pao was one of Canada’s leading dealers of Japanese and Chinese porcelain and works of art. His antique store, Pao & Moltke Ltd., owned together with his wife Mrs. von Moltke, who descended from a German and Danish noble family, was a fixture in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville area from the 1980s to early 2000s. Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) was a prolific Japanese artist from Koga Ishimachi, Shimousa Province, who studied at the Kanō school. During the time of political unrest following the revolution of 1867, Kyosai attained a reputation as a caricaturist. He created what is considered to be the first manga magazine with Kanagaki Robun in 1874: Eshinbun Nipponchi. In addition to his caricatures, Kyosai painted many pictures and sketches, often choosing subjects from Japanese folklore. Timothy Clarke describes Kyosai as “an individualist and an independent, perhaps the last virtuoso in traditional Japanese painting.” His renown after his death culminated in the establishment of the Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum, built in 1977, located in Japan in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture.

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ATTRIBUTED TO KAWANABE KYOSAI: A SCROLL PAINTING OF KANNON BOSATSU ON A LOTUS BUD Attributed to Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889), signed Seiseisai Kyosai sho with seal Japan, 19th century Ink and gouache on paper. Mounted as a hanging scroll on a silk brocade frame, with bone jikusaki (roller ends). Depicting Kannon Bosatsu seated on mikaifu renge (unopened lotus bud) rising from a long stem on marshy waters. Inscriptions: Signed to the left margin, ‘Seiseisai Kyosai sho’ [Painted by Kyosai, Seiseisai] 惺々斎暁斎書. With a square seal (unread). Image SIZE 112.5 x 49 cm, SIZE incl. mounting 174 x 60.4 cm Condition: Good condition with minor wear and creasing. Slight browning of paper and minor scattered patches and losses. Provenance: From the estate of Sear Hang Hwie Pao (1937-2009). Pao was one of Canada’s leading dealers of Japanese and Chinese porcelain and works of art. His antique store, Pao & Moltke Ltd., owned together with his wife Mrs. von Moltke, who descended from a German and Danish noble family, was a fixture in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville area from the 1980s to early 2000s. Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) was a prolific Japanese artist from Koga Ishimachi, Shimousa Province, who studied at the Kanō school. During the time of political unrest following the revolution of 1867, Kyosai attained a reputation as a caricaturist. He created what is considered to be the first manga magazine with Kanagaki Robun in 1874: Eshinbun Nipponchi. In addition to his caricatures, Kyosai painted many pictures and sketches, often choosing subjects from Japanese folklore. Timothy Clarke describes Kyosai as “an individualist and an independent, perhaps the last virtuoso in traditional Japanese painting.” His renown after his death culminated in the establishment of the Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum, built in 1977, located in Japan in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture.

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