Erik Thomsen brings a taste of Japan to TEFAF

Posted: 2016-10-19 12:04:22 - Last updated: 2016-10-19 12:05:46

BADA Japanese Art specialist Erik Thomsen will be exhibiting at the TEFAF New York show, which opens its doors from October 21- 26 at the Park Avenue Armory.

Among the highlights on the Erik Thomsen Gallery stand will be an exquisite pair of six panel folding screens from the Momoyama period (1568-1615). The panels are fashioned in ink, mineral colours, gofun, and silver on paper and finished with gold leaf and gold wash.

The screens depict blossoming cherry trees by a rushing stream in the Yoshino hills, south of Kyoto. The Yoshino hills were among the subjects seen in sixteenth century screen pairs that refer to specific times of the year.

Screens depicting young pines conveyed the first weeks of the New Year, while those displaying the Uji Bridge represented the summer months. The blossoming cherry trees in the Erik Thomsen screens would have been instantly recognisable as an evocation of early spring.

Contrasted with the stylized golden clouds and the rich mineral green of the mountain slopes, the flowers are depicted with unusually rich applications of gofun, a unique Japanese pigment made from naturally weathered and crushed seashells.

The screens' excellent state of preservation, as well as the outstanding quality of the metal mounts on their lacquered- wood frames, suggests that they were well cared for by elite owners throughout the Edo period (1615 –1868) and into modern times.

Erik Thomsen Gallery will be exhibiting at Stand 47 at TEFAF New York

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