Kubota Beisen (1852-1906)
Late 19th century
Kakejiku, two scrolls forming a diptych, in ink and slight colour on silk, the right scroll depicting a female yokai (ghost), dressed in a white burial kimono with black dishevelled hair, floating in the air, signed with seal Beisen, facing to the left, painted with assorted kitchen utensils coming to life through fright, including a pan, an oven, an usu (mortar), a chagama (iron pot for tea), a cha-ire (tea jar) and a chasen (bamboo whisk), whilst a pair of scissors and a feather fan is shown in mid flight, signed Beisen [...] with seal Denkan no in; with wood storage box titled Yokai no zu, Kubota Beisen hitsu (Picture of a ghost, painted by Kubota Beisen), inside the lid dated and signed Taisho gannen jugatsu bojitsu o Namikoshi Soken Rannya, Beisai Mitsuaki dai (Beisai Mitsuaki, titled at the Soken temple in Namikoshi on 15th October 1912) by the artist's son Kubota Beisai (1874-1937) with seal Denmei no in, together with a letter written by Mr Kondo, the founder of Beisen Supporters' Organisation, requesting the recipient (name omitted) to lend him a pair of yokai scrolls for their forthcoming exhibition to commemorate nine years after the artist's death. Both approx. 130.5cm x 51cm (51 3/8in x 20 1/8in). (5).