A JAPANESE TWO-FOLD SCREEN, BYOBU, POSSIBLY BY ARAKI KUNSEN (1781-1819), DEPICTING A DUTCH COUPLE

Edo period, early 19th century

In ink and colour on paper, with a label on the screen reading: Painting of Dutchman and woman eating a meal and a label on the box for the screen reading: Painting presented to (?) Mr. Araki of Dutchman and woman eating a meal.

 

H. 151.7 x W. 71 cm (each panel)

Note:

The two paintings of a Dutch couple with huge nooses, one with the couple standing and the other with the same couple sitting at a table with a bowl of rice, a plate with indefinable food, cups, a teapot and a knife and spoon. Both are attached to a background painted in imitation Indian chintz style.

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