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Large Framed Japanese Embroidery Tapestry

Origin Japan
Period 1900-1919
Materials Silk, textile and wood frame
W. 51 in; H. 76 in; D. 2 in;
W. 129.54 cm; H. 193.04 cm; D. 5.08 cm;
Condition Good. minor wear and lost threads on the tapestry, small wrinkles as expected. Minor wear on the wood frame in keeping with age.
Creation Date 1900-1910s
Description An exquisite Japanese embroidery textile displayed in a gilt frame circa 1900s, end of Meiji Period. The elaborately crafted textile was made as a hanging tapestry and was made to meet the demand of the western market during the exposition period, when Japanese art took the west by storm and inspired awes and imagination. The textile showcases an eagle perched on a stone outcrop at the edge of a body of water. One of the most beloved animals widely portrayed in many Japanese art forms, the eagle was very realistically depicted as if it is about to take flight with the wings spread widely open. An gnarled old pine tree occupies a quarter of the top right in the picture, providing a classic backdrop for the majestic bord. The waves of the water recede gradually into the distance. Water grasses sway by the rocks while a flock of small bird provides a comparison with the shear size of the winged eagle.
Although the composition and the subject manner was classically oriental, reminiscent of Chinese and Japanese ink painting, the expertly execution of the piece, however, clearly bears the western taste in mind. The artisans gave a very realistic rendition of the bird in its anatomy, motion and physical details such as the feathers and talons. Also they created a three dimensional depth that was found typically in western landscape painting. This "East Meet West" aesthetic was quite unique during 1890s-1920s when Japanese art was discovered through many exposes around the world. The demand of the Japanese decorative art by the west further brought the feedback to the Japanese artisans who were fast to fine tune their craft to the newly found market.
The authorship of this wonderful tapestry is uncertain. Several prominent textile studios/houses such as Nishimura Sozaemon, Lida Shinshichi and Kawashima Jinbei were possible candidates as they all participated in many expositions in Europe and America in early 1900s. It is possible that the tapestry was procured through one of these expositions. Among them, Nishimura is well known for creating large tapestry featuring animals in a realistic manner.
For a similar tapestries of the eagle subject, see page 105-107 of Thread of Silk and Gold, Ornamental Textile from Meiji Japan by Ashmolean.
The textile image within the frame is 65.5"H x 40"W. With frame the piece measures 76"H x 51"W.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 365665
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