As part of our Japanese art collection we are delighted to offer this magnificent ivory okimono of a Bijin by the highly regarded Tokyo school artist Yoshida Doraku ,this beauty is the last and in my opinion the very best of the superb private collection that we were fortunate enough to acquire a Cheshire estate , the okimono is incredibly well drawn with so much movement, it cleverly captures a beautiful girl carrying a basket of sea shells under her arm whilst holding a scarf above her head , the scarf gently blowing in the breeze and ultimately protecting her from the intense sunlight , her hair is tied in immaculate fashion , her Kimono is tied by her Obi (silk waistband) which is decorated in high relief depicting a bird flying above stylised waves, she has been captured in a walking pose with her heel raised from her woven sandal and a further group of shells to her feet , nicely signed and sealed to the underside by this highly regarded artist and carrying the distinctive yellow collectors label, an absolute top quality large one piece Japanese ivory Okimono that would enhance any serious collection.
The artist is recorded in the Shoto Museum of Art, Exhibition Catalogue, The History of Ivory Carvings, Tokyo, 1996, as being an ivory carver of merit. Another model of a bijin by the artist, of comparable high quality and with similar finely-executed detail is illustrated, ibid., p.125.
The condition is simply stunning !!!
For recent sales of similar condition works by this artist see :
Bonhams, New York 13th Sept 2011, Lot 2120Y A fine Tokyo School ivory model of a woman and child By Yoshida Doraku.
Bonhams, Bond Street 12th May 2011, Lot 272YA Tokyo School ivory figure of a dancer By Yoshida Doraku, Meiji Period
Bonhams , Bond Street 16th May 2013 Lot 307YA Tokyo School ivory figure of a peasant girl By Yoshida Doraku, Meiji Period
Bonhams, Bond Street 6th November 2012 Lot 321Y A Tokyo School ivory figure of a dancer By Yoshida Doraku, Meiji Period
Bonhams, Bond Street 12th May 2016 Lot 626Y ФA fine large ivory okimono of a dancer By Yoshida Doraku, Meiji era (1868-1912)
Height : 12.5″ 31.5 cm
Width : 4″ 10 cm
Depth : 3.5″ 9 cm
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