Hasegawa Totetsu (ca. 1675): Willow and Camellias
Lot 3285
Hasegawa Totetsu (fl. 17th c.)
Willow and camellia
Sold for US$ 41,480 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Hasegawa Totetsu (fl. 17th c.)
Willow and camellia
Large two panel screen, ink, colors, and gold on paper; at right the slender bare branches of the willow arc over a branch bearing three white camellias, while a broken tree limb covered with snow and lichen elegantly frames the scene below; signed Hasegawa Totetsu
69 1/4 x 76in (175.9 x 193cm)


  • Provenance: Purchased in Kyoto, 1996.

    Little is known about Totetsu. He is identified in an eighteenth-century document, the Iwasa kakeizu (1731), as the adopted son of Hasegawa Tohaku (1539-1610) and a son of Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650). The confusion surrounding his identity is partly attributable to the fact that he is one of three seventeenth-century painters using the name Totetsu, written in the same characters; the others are Mitani Totetsu, a follower of Sesshu, and Unkoku Totetsu, a grandson of Unkoku Togan.