JAPANESE FOLDING SCREEN: "Antique Tigers, Leopard & Bamboo ",c.1880, Meiji Era PHONE or TABLET VIEWING MAY MISS DESCRIPTION & PHOTOS

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Seller: gabrielli-art (4,281) 100%, Location: Youngsville, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 273560773388 This is a splendid Japanese Folding Screen, or Byobu, with a venerable painting on paper by an artist of the Meiji Period, from around 1880. The painting is done with ink and colors on paper with 24 carat-gold leaf. The artist has given us a charming representation of a mother Tiger with her Cub playing with her tail and, at the other end of the Screen, a spotted Leopard resting in a Bamboo grove. The painting on this Byobu is in surprisingly good condition for its age; it is some 137 or so years old. This may be a perfectly peaceful bucolic scene or It may be that the Leopard is hiding in the Bamboo waiting for a propitious moment when he can spring out and take the Tiger cub as prey. Viewing with a phone or tablet may cause you to miss much of the description and photos below. JAPANESE FOLDING SCREEN: Antique Tigers, Leopard & Bamboo ",c.1880, Meiji Era JAPANESE FOLDING SCREEN: Antique "Tigers, Leopard & Bamboo "c.1880, Meiji Era From time to time other items of mine may be found at Catawiki Phillip Gabrielli This is a splendid Japanese Folding Screen, or Byobu, with a venerable painting on paper by an artist of the Meiji Period, from around 1880. The painting is done with ink and colors on paper with 24 carat-gold leaf. The artist has given us a charming representation of a mother Tiger with her Cub playing with her tail and, at the other end of the Screen, a spotted Leopard resting in a Bamboo grove. The painting on this Byobu is in surprisingly good condition for its age; it is some 137 or so years old. I acquired it from an elderly gentleman who said his grandmother brought this Byobu with her when she left Kyoto and that it had been in the family ever since. But always stored in the paper box that his grandmother had brought it in. The is a terrific painting of Tigers, Bamboo and... a Leopard! As I have written before, Tigers are not indigenous to Japan, and neither are Leopards. The artist has the distinctive striped coat of his Tiger, but he has no real knowledge of the skeletal and muscular structure of the beast. So the Mother Tiger's musculoskeletal system and especially her physiognomy are all a bit fanciful. The artist has been very generous in giving his Tiger a prodigiously long tail. And this Tiger's face looks more like a friendly, slightly curious house cat or plush toy rather than of a fearsome jungle predator. This is all a bit odd because most artists of this time period have already learned the true proportions of these jungle beasts, but perhaps our artist was just a little behind the times. And his Leopard is simply placed recumbent in profile, but also with a prodigiously long tail. These charming considerations aside, the whole screen may be looked upon as a lovely bucolic scene with a mother Tiger and her cub who is playing with her tail and another "friend" sitting in the cool shade of a Bamboo grove. OR... It may be that the Leopard is hiding in the Bamboo waiting for a propitious moment when he can spring out and take the Tiger cub as prey. A very different scene. I suppose that both may be held in a flexible mind. Our Screen is in wonderful condition with only the slightest freckle on the nose of life's perfection on the front. I mean a tiny ding. The back, like every Screen I have ever known, has more dings to it, but none of them affect the front. The wooden frame is completely intact, with all of its original hardware and all of the folding structures are in perfect order. Closed the Screen is 37 inches tall and some 13 inches wide. Opened completely flat, it is 37 inches tall and c. 78 inches long. It can be hung on a wall, or opened and set on the floor or table. Whatever means of display chosen, this screen has a most powerful emotional and decorative effect. The photos give a very good idea of the power and beauty of this extraordinary Folding Screen, or Byobu, from the Meiji era, or around 1880. If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. And thanks for looking. This Folding Screen is around 137 or so years old and has passed through many difficult times including two World Wars, the Second of which was disastrous for its native country. For an unframed work on such a delicate support as paper, it is remarkable that it has survived at all, let alone in such good condition. But this Screen and similar works of art are not in absolutely perfect condition and they frequently show evidence of their long life. I endeavor to point out if and where there may be any damage, but the photographs tell the whole story. Please examine them carefully. If you are looking for something with absolutely no signs of age, I am afraid you will have to look elsewhere. In short, these beautiful screens were not born yesterday. I indicate the artist's name based on a signature and/or seal and also the style, but occasionally a scroll may be a copy of a work by a famous painter. In the present case, the painting is unsigned and I am unable to identify the artist. Due to limitations of photography and the inevitable differences in monitor settings, the color of the pictures on your monitor may be slightly different from the Screen itself, but I did my best to capture it as it is. And, at least on my monitor, the color is a very good match. A MESSAGE TO MY CLIENTS: I have recently become disabled with lymphoma in my spinal column, a neurological condition similar to multiple sclerosis and my right hand/arm paralyzed, of which some time ago I fell and broke both bones. The cast is off now, but 2 months in a cast have left the arm and hand much for the worse. This is slowing me down a bit, especially the packing up, as I am completely alone. But I am trying to do my best. I do manage to get most items off in the four day handling time that I specify I should also apologize for not being able to make the elegant packages I used to make. My hand just won't obey. I am trying, but I am alone, which adds to the difficulty. When I get one-handed packing down perfectly, I shall add it to my resume. ************************************************ Some Details The "Freckle on the Nose of Life's Perfection" ************************************************ The Screen Opened Just a Bit ************************************************ The Back of the Screen ************************************************ The Ends of the Screen When Folded ************************************************ From time to time other items of mine may be found at Catawiki Phillip Gabrielli Payment Winning Bidders: please pay for your item within three days of this auction's close. Foreign Buyers: please request an invoice with actual shipping costs before paying. I am more than happy to offer reduced shipping costs or combined shipping if a bidder wins more than one auction within a week, even if the items cannot be shipped together. Terms of Sale I try to do my very best in researching the items I sell and I include numerous photos. If you have any questions concerning a particular item, please contact me. Items are sold as described in both words and pictures. Returns accepted only for inadvertent misrepresentation. ************************************I am an artist/painter and a life-long antiques collector and dealer. I absolutely guarantee that every item is as described in my words and pictures. If you should have any questions at all, please contact me, and I will respond as quickly as possible. Buyer satisfaction is of paramount importance to me. If you have any questions at all about an item you have purchased from me, I will do everything possible to answer your concerns or rectify any inadvertent error. Please contact me before leaving neutral or negative feedback. I strive to keep a 100% customer satisfaction rate and will do whatever it takes to ensure that all buyers are happy with their purchases. Feedback is very important to me. I always leave excellent feedback for buyers and I try to do whatever I can so that buyers will be happy to do the same for me. If you like what you see here, please add me to your saved sellers list. I will have similar items for your consideration nearly every week. And Thanks for looking. I would be more than happy to answer any question you might have. Get images that make Supersized seem small.Tailor your auctions with Auctiva's Listing Templates! THE simple solution for eBay sellers. Track Page Views With Auctiva's FREE Counter Condition: Antique:Please read Description & look carefully at all of the many Photos below for condition details...FOR SOME REASON, Google and eBay have changed how they operate, again. In order to view this whole listing, the interested person sometimes MUST find and click on the SEE FULL ITEM DESCRIPTION in blue at the bottom of the page that opens., Type: Byobu, Folding screen, Primary Material: Colors on Paper, Gold Leaf, Age: c. 1880, Region of Origin: Japan, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, California Prop 65 Warning: No Dangerous Chemicals, etc

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