Amida Buddha, Japan, Heian period, 11th-12th Century. Wood with traces of gilding, inlaid crystals, 88 x 71 x 49.5 cm (34.75 x 28 x 19.5 in.). Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Provenance: An inscription on the interior of the figure refers to Nansho-in temple, Japan, 1729.
Nonko (Raku Dōnyū), A Raku pottery sake bottle with European figures, Japan - 17th century, Edo period. Ceramic, 17 x 20 cm (6.7 x 7.9 in.). Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Provenance: Saiuchi Kyushiro, Japan.
Literature: Yasumasa Oka, Winds from Afar: Europe through the Eyes of Edo-period Kyoto, Kyoto, 2000, 2-17, 44.
Exhibited: Kyoto, The Museum of Kyoto, ‘Winds From Afar: Europe through the Eyes of Edo-period Kyoto’, 10 March - 9 April 2000 Tokyo, Tobacco & Salt Museum, ‘Winds From Afar: Europe through the Eyes of Edo-period Kyoto’, 22 April - 28 May 2000.
Tosa School, A Japanese six-fold screen with a map of Buzen and Bungo provinces, depicting numerous figures and ships at sea amongst golden clouds, Japan, Circa 1621-1632, Edo period. Ink, color, gold and silver on paper,177.5 x 387.5 cm (70 x 152.6 in.). Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
This panoramic, bird’s-eye view of Buzen and Bungo provinces (modern day Oita and Fukuoka prefectures) in northern Kyushu shows a map of the area, part of the Seto Inland Sea as well as various genre scenes minutely detailing local people’s life in the early 17th century.
Numerous paper labels indicate important places and landmarks such as castles, a Buddhist temple and a Shinto shrine. The iconography used here can determine the date of the screen as it would have been intended as a literal representation of the primary sites of the area, portraying buildings which were extant at the time the screen was created. The only daimyo to own the Nakatsu castle as well as the entire area depicted in this screen, including the old Kitsuke castle in Bungo province, was Hosokawa Tadaoki (1563-1646).
The amount of detail depicted in this screen gives us a valuable insight to the daily life of the local people who are meticulously represented: farmers harvesting, threshing grain and herding cattle, fishermen beside the sea, samurai, pilgrims, a man pounding mochi (rice cake), a mother comforting her infant and children playing whilst making a large snow ball etc. Various people full of character enjoying their everyday lives in the villages give life to this spectacular map landscape.
Provenance: Most likely commissioned by Hosokawa Tadaoki (1563-1646), daimyo (feudal lord) of Buzen and Bungo provinces from 1600 to 1632.
Unkoku Toeki, A two-fold screen depicting three Chinese scholars playing go in a boat in a winter landscape, Japan, 17th century, Edo period. Ink and gold leaf on paper, 173 x 192 cm (68.1 x 75.6 in.). Signed 'Sesshū Basson Hokkyō Tōeki Hitsu' (Painted by Unkoku Tōeki, rank of Hokkyō, a descendant of Sesshū). Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Artist Unknown, A two-fold paper screen with two nightingales in flight in a mountainous river landscape, Japan, 18th century. Ink, color and gold leaf on paper, 172.5 x 187.5 cm (67.9 x 73.8 in.). Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Hakuin Ekaku (1686 - Japan - 1768), A paper kakemono (hanging scroll) painted in ink with Daruma, Japan, 18th century, Edo period. Ink on paper, 119.5 x 58.5 cm (47 x 22 in.) (scroll). Signed 'Hakuin'. Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Chuho, the 418th Abbot of Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto, A kakemono (hanging scroll) with the character "ichi" (one, "the beginning"), Japan, 18th-19th century, Edo period. Ink on paper, 160 x 134 cm (63 x 52.8 in.). Zen-Daitoku Chūhō-sō sho (Written by an old man Chūhō, formerly of Daitoku-ji Temple). Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Ishiyama Taihaku (Yamagata, 1893 - 1961), A pair of two-fold screens with egrets perched on the branches of a willow tree, Japan, 1934. Ink, color and silver leaf on paper, 176.5 x 180 cm (69.5 x 70.9 in.) each. Signed 'Taihaku sei' (Made by Taihaku). Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Osamu Suzuki, A ceramic sculpture mounted on a wood panel covered with black canvas, Japan, Circa 1960. Ceramic and wood on canvas, 45.5 x 60.5 cm (18 x 23.8 in.) Signed 'Su' lower right; signed 'Suzuki Osamu saku' with seal on reverse. Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Takeo Yamaguchi (Seoul, 1902 - Tokyo, 1983), Ko (Suburbs), Japan, 1972. Oil on board, 31 x 44.5 cm (12.2 x 17.5 in.). Image courtesy Gregg Baker, Stand 353 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018.
Literature: Takeo Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Takeo Sakuhin Shu (Catalogue Raisonne of Takeo Yamaguchi), Tokyo, 1981, 370, 229.
Gregg Baker Asian Art specialises in antique Japanese screens, with the largest stock in Europe. Other works of art range from metalwork, in the form of flower vessels and sculpture, to lacquer ware, scrolls, scholar’s objects and Buddhist art, not only from Japan but also selected works from China and Korea. The gallery also offers Japanese post-war painting, calligraphy and sculpture, an important area of Japanese art that is currently being rediscovered by art lovers across the globe.
Gregg Baker holds regular exhibitions at the gallery and participates in several international art fairs which include TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York Fall and Asian Art in London. In an effort to raise awareness of Japanese art, we give gallery talks to clients and to students from SOAS, the British Museum, the V&A and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
The gallery is instrumental in advising and building collections for clients and supplying additions to the collections of museums and institutions in Great Britain, U.S.A., Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Japan.