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Contemporary Hand-Painted Japanese Screen of Standing Cranes
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
The standing cranes painting of this two-panel screen is hand-painted in watercolor, on squares of gold leaf which are applied by hand to the paper base over carefully jointed wooden...
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2010s Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Contemporary Hand-Painted Japanese Screen of Morning Glory
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
The morning glory painting of this six-panel screen is hand-painted in watercolor, on squares of gold leaf which are applied by hand to the paper base over carefully jointed wooden l...
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2010s Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Contemporary Hand-Painted Japanese Screen of Cranes by the River
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
The cranes by the river painting of this two-panel screen is hand-painted in watercolor, on squares of gold leaf which are applied by hand to the paper base over carefully jointed wo...
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2010s Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Contemporary Hand-Painted Japanese Screen of Red Plum Blossom and Birds
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
The red plum blossom and birds painting of this two-panel screen is hand-painted in watercolor, on squares of gold leaf which are applied by hand to the paper base over carefully joi...
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2010s Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Contemporary Hand-Painted Japanese Screen of Red and White Plum Blossom
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
The red and white plum blossom painting of this six-panel screen is hand-painted in watercolor, on squares of gold leaf which are applied by hand to the paper base over carefully joi...
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2010s Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Edo, Japanese Folding Screen, Six Panels Hand Painted Un Gold Leaf
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Six-panel summer screen from the "Rinpa school", painted with inks and mineral pigments on rice paper and gold leaf. Solar and a great variety of flowers, bamboos and birds painted ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

19th Landscape with Forest Tall Trees and Temple, Japanese Screen Hand Paint
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
A forest houses a Japanese temple painted with great definition on a screen made up of two large hand-painted rice paper panels.It is signed in the lower left corner.
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Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Kyoto Landscape, Japanese Screen Painted on Gold Leaf
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Kyoto ancient city landscape with Kamo river and Gion district. Beautiful six panel screen painted with mineral pigments on rice paper and gold leaf made in the Mejij period. Scree...
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Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Early 20th Century Japanese Folding Screen Two Panels Hand Painted Golden Silk
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Thuja and birch trees, peonies and birds, Japanese folding screen with two panels painted on golden silk.
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Gold

Edo 19th Century, Japanese Folding Screen Six Panels Hand Painted on Rise Paper
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Landscape with birds, blooming sakura trees and chrysanthemum plants. Six-panel Japanese folding screen with gold grains and hand painted with mineral pigments on rice paper. Edo pe...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold

Landscape with Flowers, Japanese Folding Screen
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Six-panel screen of the "Rinpa school", painted with inks on gold leaf. Colorful and sunny variety of flowers painted with great skill by an anonymous Japanese artist, who skilfully...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

  • Landscape with Flowers, Japanese Folding Screen
  • Landscape with Flowers, Japanese Folding Screen
  • Landscape with Flowers, Japanese Folding Screen
  • Landscape with Flowers, Japanese Folding Screen
H 46.46 in. W 105.12 in. D 0.79 in.
Gold Leaf Japanese Folding Screen Two Panels
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Japanese peonies, flowers symbol of spring: Japanese screen, of the "Rinpa school" for the tea ceremony, two panels painted with pigments on gold leaf.
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Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

  • Gold Leaf Japanese Folding Screen Two Panels
  • Gold Leaf Japanese Folding Screen Two Panels
  • Gold Leaf Japanese Folding Screen Two Panels
  • Gold Leaf Japanese Folding Screen Two Panels
H 36.62 in. W 71.66 in. D 0.79 in.
Japanese Screen with Landscape in Gold Leaf
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Six-panel Japanese "Kano School" screen with landscape hand painted with pigments and inks on rice paper, gold leaf and silver leaf. This Japanese screen bodes well, cranes are symb...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

  • Japanese Screen with Landscape in Gold Leaf
  • Japanese Screen with Landscape in Gold Leaf
  • Japanese Screen with Landscape in Gold Leaf
  • Japanese Screen with Landscape in Gold Leaf
H 67.33 in. W 148.82 in. D 0.79 in.
Japanese Screen of Spring on Gold Leaf
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
It is a two-panel screen from the Taisho period, around 1920, beautifully painted in excellent detail. The best of Rinpa's school painting: large empty space that highlights a pair ...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

  • Japanese Screen of Spring on Gold Leaf
  • Japanese Screen of Spring on Gold Leaf
  • Japanese Screen of Spring on Gold Leaf
  • Japanese Screen of Spring on Gold Leaf
H 66.93 in. W 74.81 in. D 0.79 in.
Six-Panel Japanese Screen on Spring Gold Leaf
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Spring landscape by an unknown painter of the Rinpa school, 19th century, six-panel ink painted on gold leaf on rice paper. The flowers are made with the "gofun" technique, natural ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

  • Six-Panel Japanese Screen on Spring Gold Leaf
  • Six-Panel Japanese Screen on Spring Gold Leaf
  • Six-Panel Japanese Screen on Spring Gold Leaf
  • Six-Panel Japanese Screen on Spring Gold Leaf
H 67.33 in. W 148.04 in. D 0.79 in.
Tosa School, Japanese Folding Screen Kyoto Old Town Landscape
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
From the Edo period this large Japanese screen that reproduces the ancient city of Kyoto and its suburbs. Painted with inks and mineral pigments, down to the smallest detail on rice...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Japanese Landscape Folding Screen Rice Paper and Gold Leaf
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Edo period, Japanese six-panel folding screen from the "Kano" school. A large Japanese landscape with golden clouds hiding pine trees and elegant cranes.
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Edo Japanese Folding Screen, Six Panels of "Rinpa School"
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Late 18th century, six-panel Japanese screen from the "Rinpa school", painted with mineral pigments and oyster dust.
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Antique Late 18th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Asian Japanese Folding Screen Landscape," Sansui ", on Gold Leaf - Kano School
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Rare Japanese "Kano" school screen made up of eight panels. This beautiful work, painted with inks on pure gold leaf, represents a landscape as in the tradition of the school, with ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Pair Hand Painted Japanese Panels/Screens
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
3-500 pair hand painted Japanese panels/screens Measures: Individual panel 20.5 x 44 Together 41 x 44".
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Vintage 1960s Paintings and Screens

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Fabric, Hardwood

Japanese Asian Four Panel Hand Painted Screen
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
3-1100 Four panel hand painted Japanese / Asian screen.
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Mid-20th Century Paintings and Screens

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Fabric, Hardwood

Hand Painted Japanese Folding Screen 'Byobu' Ponies Painting, Watercolor
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
The horses in a stabile painting of this four-panel screen are hand painted in watercolor on rice paper, with a border consisting of gold leaf squares, carefully mounted over jointed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Original Japanese Hand Painted Four-Panel Screen Divider Signed Painting
Located in West Hartford, CT
A highly unique Japanese four-panel screen done with painted paper, decorated with a samurai figure and wild horse, inset within a wooden frame. This piece is in very good condition,...
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Paintings and Screens

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Wood, Paper

Meiji Era Japanese Two Panel Hand Painted Wood Table Screen Tale of Genji
Located in Studio City, CA
A Meiji era Japanese two-panel wood screen, with illustrated images from The Tale of Genji that are exquisitely painted directly on wood with fine detail and precision, accented with...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Hand Painted Japanese Folding Screen Byobu of Egrets by the Trees
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
The egrets by the trees painting of this two-panel screen is hand-painted in watercolor, on squares of gold leaf which are applied by hand to the paper base over carefully jointed wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Mid 20th Century Japanese Hand Painted Folding Screen
Located in Bradenton, FL
Vintage Japanese four panel wallpaper screen featuring a beautiful hand-painted blue paper ground with pastel scene of delicate bamboo, mountains and birds. Set in an ebonized wooden...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Chinoiserie Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Early 20th C. Hand-Painted Japanese 4-Panel Paper Screen/ Divider
Located in East Hampton, NY
The base color of this hand painted paper screen is a deep turquoise/green with very delicately painted flora and fauna to one side and blank on the verso. 4 panels makes for an easy...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Chinoiserie Screens and Room Dividers

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Paper

Antique Japanese Screen
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Good 18th century six fold antique Japanese screen with many sections each containing different scenes of animals, travellers and other topical things of a Japanese nature Measure...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Japanese Paintings and Screens

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Paint, Wood, Paper, Lacquer

  • Antique Japanese Screen
  • Antique Japanese Screen
  • Antique Japanese Screen
  • Antique Japanese Screen
H 67.5 in. W 150 in. D 1 in.
Japanese Showa Six Panel Screen of Painted Vignettes
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fascinating Japanese Showa period six panel screen featuring eighteen applied windows of painted vignettes. Decorated with miscellaneous curious shaped scenes of mythical beasts, dra...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf, Brass

Hand-Painted Japanese Inspired Screen by Artist Robert Crowder
By Robert Crowder
Located in San Francisco, CA
A tall, beautifully hand-painted on wood panel folding screen of Japanese style by artist Robert Crowder (b. 1911 - d.2010). Signed on the back side. After working as a missionary...
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Late 20th Century American Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

Hand Painted Abstract Expressionism Calligraphy Asian Screen
By Sōfu Teshigahara
Located in Atlanta, GA
Hand painted abstract expressionism calligraphy Asian folding screen, in the manner of Robert Motherwell, Sofu Teshigahara, et al, believed to be Japanese, circa 1950s. This piece is...
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Paintings and Screens

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Fabric, Wood, Paper

Japanese Old "Heart Kokoro" Hand Painted Scroll, Signed
Located in South Burlington, VT
Japan, an unusual and attractive hand painting on paper scroll of a calligraphy Heart -" Kokoro Heart", signed, 20th century Accompanied by it signed wood collector storage box to...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Japanese 2-Panel 'Shunga' Screen with Finely Painted Erotic Depictions of Lovers
Located in Prahran, Victoria
A very finely painted two panel 'shunga' screen with scenes of naked erotic lovers in union. The scene on the left panel simply depicts the lovers in union atop their futon with t...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Wood, Paper

Hand Painted Japanese Folding Screen Byobu of Lotus Pond and Mandarin Ducks
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
The lotus pond and mandarin ducks painting of this four-panel screen is hand painted in watercolor, on rice paper over carefully jointed wooden lattice frames. Lacquer rails are then...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Wood, Paper

Japanese Fine Antique Screen Eight Horses
Located in South Burlington, VT
8 magnificent steeds, 19th century Japan, a fine six-panel screen Byobu depicting 8 magnificent Horses playfully frolicking against a gold filled cloud background. This attractive...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Paper

  • Japanese Fine Antique Screen Eight Horses
  • Japanese Fine Antique Screen Eight Horses
  • Japanese Fine Antique Screen Eight Horses
  • Japanese Fine Antique Screen Eight Horses
H 68 in. W 150 in. D 0.75 in.
17th Century 'Late 1600s', Japanese Edo Period 12-Panel Folding Screen Painted
Located in North Miami, FL
A pair of 17th Century (Late 1600s) Japanese Edo screens made of 12-panels. This folding silk screen is painted on a gold leaf background. It has a silk border and lacquered-wood fra...
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Antique 17th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Wood, Paint, Paper

Early 20th Century Japanese 6-Panel Gouache and Gold Leaf Painted Table Screen
Located in Morristown, NJ
20th c., Showa period gouache and gold leaf Japanese screen. Depicting plum tree blossoms on a riverbank across 6 panels. Plum blossoms are often mentioned in Japanese poetry as a sy...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

1950s Glamor Custom Japanese Screen Room Divider 2 Sided Hand Paint on Mahogany
Located in National City, CA
Decorative Divider Exceptional Custom Piece Mid-Century Modern 1950s Glamor Japanese Asian room divider in mahogany wood folding four panel double sided floor screen. Crafted in gol...
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Japanese Folding Screen, circa 1960, Abstract Bamboo,
Located in Kyoto, JP
Kubo Kichiro Bamboo Mid-20th century, circa 1960 Two-panel screen. Mineral pigments and ink on paper. Signed: Kichiro Sealed: Kichiro Dimensions: H. 152.5 cm x W...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Paper, Wood

Japanese Two Panel Screen Falcons in Flight
Located in Hudson, NY
Japanese two panel screen: Falcons in Flight. Showa period (1926-1989) vibrant painting on silk of eagles hunting over turbulent water. The painting on this screen was made using a d...
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Vintage 1940s Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Wood

Japanese Hand Painted Lacquered Temple Shrine Plaque of Horses, 19th Century
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful and intricate work likely originally from a Japanese temple. The hand painted scene depicts a single rider and group of frolicking horses set against a gorgeous countrysi...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Lacquer, Paint, Wood

Japanese Six Panel Screen: Rolling Country Landscape
Located in Hudson, NY
A mid-sized six panel screen. Edo period (c. 1800) painting of a landscape features a temple on the mountain top, a river with fishermen emerging from golden mist, and depicts farmer...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Japanese Hand Painted Lacquered Temple Shrine Plaque of Peacock, 19th Century
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful and intricate work likely originally from a Japanese Temple. The hand painted scene depicts a majestic peacock posed against a gorgeous countryside landscape. Would be...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Lacquer, Paint, Wood

Japanese Six Panel Screen Spring into Summer
Located in Hudson, NY
Mid-Edo period, 18th century painting with gold leaf and mineral pigments. A summer landscape depicting summer flowers and exotic birds, accented with an abstract cloud design. Miner...
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Antique 18th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

  • Japanese Six Panel Screen Spring into Summer
  • Japanese Six Panel Screen Spring into Summer
  • Japanese Six Panel Screen Spring into Summer
  • Japanese Six Panel Screen Spring into Summer
H 33.25 in. W 111 in. D .75 in.
Early 19th Century Japanese Screen with Flowers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Late 18th early 19th century Edo period Kiku chrysanthemum painting on gold. It has old water stains, a repaired tear in front, a repaired base and a few tears on back side, none of ...
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Antique 18th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Paper, Wood

Japanese Two Panel Screen Manchurian Crane and Turtles
Located in Hudson, NY
In Japan, cranes symbolize fidelity as they mate for life and turtles symbolize longevity. Additionally, this screen also has the Japanese motif of sho-chiku-bai, or the three friend...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Japanese Hand Painted Lacquered Temple Shrine Plaque of Fish Ocean, 19th Century
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful and intricate work likely originally from a Japanese Temple. The hand painted scene depicts an oceanic scene full of playful marine creatures. Would be a unique and wo...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Wood, Lacquer, Paint

Japanese Two Panel Screen: Mountains in the Mist
Located in Hudson, NY
Chinese School landscape ink painting on gilded silk by Yukimatsu Shunpo, signed and dated 1924. Yukimatsu Shunpo was born in Oita in 1897 and studied under Himejima Chikugai in Osak...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Paintings and Screens

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Silk

Japanese Meiji Two Panel Screen Geese and Reeds
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fantastic Japanese late Meiji period two-panel byobu screen by Hashimoto Koshu. The large screen features two white geese amid brightly colored reeds. The symbolism of geese and reed...
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20th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Wood, Paper

Set of Four Japanese Silk Hanging Scrolls Screens C.1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning set of four Japanese silk mounted vertical hanging scrolls. Dating from C.1920 Taisho Period. The watercolour and ink on silk depicts a large cherry blossom tree with ...
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Vintage 1920s Japanese Japonisme Paintings and Screens

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Silk

Japanese Two Panel Screen Moon Over Cresting Waves
Located in Hudson, NY
Modern painting in mineral pigments on silver of waves crashing on a craggy shoreline. Silk brocade border.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Wood, Paper

Japanese Six Panel Meiji Screen of Scattered Fans
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large scale dramatic Japanese late 19th-early 20th century Meiji screen depicting numerous beautifully painted fans over a silver leaf square background. Originally a six-panel scree...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Silver Leaf, Brass

Japanese Four Panel Garden Screen with Koi, Iris, & Turtles
Located in South Burlington, VT
Unusual Japanese Four Panel Garden Screen, Mint Condition Japan, a superb four-panel silk screen byobu depicting a panoramic garden replete with koi, turtles, Iris nestled near a w...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Paintings and Screens

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Silk

Japanese Screen Painting, Cat & Pumpkin Patch. Showa Era, 1940s
Located in Kyoto, JP
Chuichi Konno (1915-2006) Cat and Pumpkin Patch Showa period, 1940s. Folding screen in two-panels. Painted on paper with mineral pigments and gofun. Sign: Chuichi Sea...
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Vintage 1940s Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Paper, Wood

Japanese Four Panel Showa Period Narrative Tale Screen
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Colorful Japanese four-panel Showa period screen from a narrative tale, probably tales of Genji. Features five noble characters in elaborate robes, one riding a white horse among pin...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Brass

Japanese Four Panel Showa Period Spring Tales Screen
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Idyllic Japanese four-panel Showa period screen probably from the narrative tales of Genji. Set in a beautiful countryside featuring ladies in waiting among spring blossoms with gilt...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

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Brass

Japanese Two Panel Screen of Child with Geese
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Interesting Japanese Meiji period two-panel Byobu screen depicting a child holding bamboo shoots and following a pair of geese. The faded landscape in the background once decorated w...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Wood, Paper

Japanese Six Panel Kano School Winter Landscape Screen
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large Japanese Meiji period six-panel screen depicting a winter landscape with a Chinese sage visiting friends in a country villa. Ink and vivid color pigments on mulberry paper moun...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Metal

Japanese Edo Four-Panel Screen of Village Life
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large Japanese Edo period (late 18th-early 19th century) four-panel screen depicting village life with agricultural scenes. Ink and color pigments on paper with later added gold mist...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Wood, Paint, Paper

  • Japanese Edo Four-Panel Screen of Village Life
  • Japanese Edo Four-Panel Screen of Village Life
  • Japanese Edo Four-Panel Screen of Village Life
  • Japanese Edo Four-Panel Screen of Village Life
H 68.5 in. W 100.5 in. D .50 in.
Meiji Period Japanese Screen, Autumn Grasses on Silver-Leaf
Located in Kyoto, JP
Autumn Grasses Anonymous Six-fold Japanese screen. Ink, pigment, gofun and silver-leaf on paper Inscription: Unsen Hitsu  Seal: Unread The waving grasses of autumn appearing on ...
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Antique 1890s Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Silver Leaf

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Hand Painted Japanese Screen For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the hand painted Japanese screen you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A hand painted Japanese screen — often made from paper, fabric and wood — can elevate any home. There are 475 variations of the antique or vintage hand painted Japanese screen you’re looking for, while we also have 8 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a hand painted Japanese screen — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Each hand painted Japanese screen bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Art Deco hallmarks is very popular. Takakura Zaiko, Japanese School and Mitani Toshuku each produced at least one beautiful hand painted Japanese screen that is worth considering.

How Much is a Hand Painted Japanese Screen?

The average selling price for a hand painted Japanese screen at 1stDibs is $2,200, while they’re typically $72 on the low end and $145,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Paintings and Screens for You

Traditional Asian paintings were often created on scrolls and folding screens. Artisans made screens that could be folded up or spread out by connecting several panels using hinges. Today, antique Asian folding screens and paintings are sophisticated decorative accents that can serve as makeshift partitions to ensure privacy.

The original folding screens were created by Chinese artists. The earliest record of screens comes from the 2nd century B.C., and surviving examples date back to the Ming dynasty. Chinese painting utilizes many of the same tools as calligraphy — these screens were crafted from wood with painted panels featuring striking art or calligraphy that told cultural stories or represented nature and life in the area.

The practice was introduced to Japan, where paintings for screens were made on paper and silk, in the 8th century. These paintings frequently feature subjects such as landscapes, animals, flowers and Buddhist religious themes. Along with screens for tea ceremonies and dance backgrounds, there were screens for use in Shinto and Buddhist temples.

In the 17th century, screens began to be imported to Europe where their popularity grew. Coco Chanel famously collected Coromandel folding screens.

Traditional Asian paintings can make a tasteful addition to any wall, and screens can be used as decoration or, in the case of larger iterations, as an aesthetic way to divide a large room. Browse the selection of antique Asian paintings and screens from a variety of styles and eras on 1stDibs.