Lot 186. Aysen Myo-o, Japon, époque Kamakura, XIVE siècle, encre, couleurs, or et feuille d'or sur soie, montée en rouleau, boîte couverte en bois (4); 113,5 x 61 cm, 44 5/8 x 24 in. Estimation: 40,000 — 60,000 EUR. Lot sold 50,000 EUR. Courtesy Sotheby's.
Ancienne Collection de Willem van Heusden (1913-2009)
Aysen Myo-O, ink, colour, gold and cut gold leaf on silk, hanging scroll, Japan, Kamakura period, 14th century
Provenance: Acquired by Willem van Heusden in Japan before 1955 (according to his wife).
Note: 'Japanese experts appear to agree in ascribing this painting to Fujiwara Nagataka, on what grounds I do not know. However, there is considerable disagreement as to who this Nagataka was, in fact there may have been two Fujiwara Nagataka, both working somewhere between 1200 and 1250 A.D. Anyway, the dating of this picture is probably correct [...]. The painting is a good one, showing considerable force [...]. (The picture) was designated a "national treasure" by the "All Japan Treasure Committee" which issued a certificate No. 460, dated 10th December 1892 (Meiji 25th year) to the then owner, a Mr. Katano Tomohira. Unfortunately, this certificate has been lost.' Quote Willem van Heusden in his notes accompanying the painting.