Anonymous (17th/118th Century): Scenes from the Tale of Genji
Lot 2288
Anonymous (17th/18th Century)
Scenes from the Tale of Genji
Sold for US$ 5,625 inc. premium
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Anonymous (17th/18th Century)
Scenes from the Tale of Genji

Large six panel screen, ink, colors, and gold on paper; depicting three scenes from the famous novel of Heian period (794-1185) court life, the right side featuring the angling pavilion where Genji, his son Yugiri and others prepare to feast on roast trout, from Chapter 26, Tokonatsu (Wild Carnations); Genji, Akikonomu and other ladies comparing paintings in a scene from Chapter 17, E-awase (A Picture Contest) at center; and the mountain villa where Murasaki chases after sparrows as Genji observes her from behind a brushwood fence, from Ch. 5, Wakamurasaki (Young Lavender) at left; the vignettes surrounded by gold clouds decorated in raised moriage relief and further framed by verdant hills, rocks and trees
60 1/2 x 151in (153.7 x 383.5cm)

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  • 源氏物語六曲一隻屏風 作者不詳 17/18世紀

    Provenance: George H. Macy, by descent to the present owner

    An attribution to the court artist Tosa Mitsunari (1646-1710) appears in Japanese on an old label affixed to one edge of the screen.

    The screen was purportedly purchased in Japan by George H. Macy. For many years Macy ran a subsidiary of his family's company, Carter, Macy, and Co., which in the late-nineteenth century was one of the country's largest tea importers (the company began as Carter, Hawley & Co., grocers in New York City). George H. Macy was in charge of the company's foreign assets, including all the facilities along the Pacific Rim. Upon his death in 1917, the screen passed to one of his sons, was sold to family friends during the depression, then returned to a Macy descendant in recent years.
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