Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883–1959) 1953
Lot 362W
Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883–1959)
1953
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A Magnificent Documentary Porcelain-inset Screen by Rosanjin
Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883–1959)
1953
Sakura, a three-panel wood-inlaid screen, executed in glazed ceramics, mother-of-pearl, lead, lacquer, and oil paint on a gold-leaf ground, depicting the trunk of an ancient cherry tree in the centre with a mass of branches and blossoms extending across the entire width of the composition against a background of clouds and falling petals, and with four birds flying amongst the trailing branches, unsigned. 114cm x 371cm (44 7/8in x 146 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: José Manuel de Mello collection.

    Originally created by the artist as a wall decoration for the smoking room of the ship Andrew Dillon, a Panamanian bulk tanker, where it was installed in 1953; in 1962 the Andrew Dillon was renamed Arrian following her sale to a company in Norway; in 1971 the Arrian was purchased by the Lisnave ship repair yard near Lisbon and her name was changed again to Praia Clara; in 1980 the Praia Clara was retired and dismantled. During the dismantling operation, a site supervisor by the name of José Cabrita reported the existence of the work to José Manuel de Mello who ordered its preservation. In 2000, it was installed at the head office of de Mello's shipping company before making a triumphant homecoming in 2009 to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Portugal. It has since remained in the same family and passed by descent to the current owners.

    Published: Kitaoji Rosanjin on the 50th Anniversary of his Passing: Featuring a Homecoming Exhibition of his Masterpieces from Portugal, Sakura and Fuji, Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Commerce between Portugal and Japan, EMI Network Inc., Japan, December 2009.

    Exhibited: Takashimaya, Tokyo, May 1953.

    Takashimaya, Tokyo, December 2009–January 2010.

    Takashimaya, Nagoya, February 2010–March 2010.

    PLEASE SEE THE SEPARATE CATALOGUE FOR THIS LOT PRESENTED IN MUCH FULLER DETAIL
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