Watanabe SEITEI (1852-1918)




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A complete set of 12 paintings showing birds and plants representing the months of the year. Seitei ( Shotei ) specialised in kachoga; was famous in this area, and regarded as the leading exponent. Technically brilliant. January shows a dove on a pine tree with pine cones. February depicts narcissus. March is represented by cherry blossom. April is a display of yamabuki, Japanese mountain rose, with bees. May shows a cuckoo with a falling ginkgo leaf. June is wisteria and a butterfly. July has a beetle climbing a leaf on an iris plant. August shows Japanese morning glory, Asagao. September has a grasshopper on an edamame ( soybean ) plant. October appears to be a wild chrysanthemum and beetle. November depicts what is probably a nuthatch climbing down a tree. And December is represented by a snipe. Each painting sumi and colour on silk. Image size 33.8 x 27.4 cms; 13.25 x 10.75 in. Each painting signed and sealed Seitei. Matching mounts. Slight staining on one or two paintings ( primarily July ) otherwise in very good condition. New box but retaining original lid with Seitei signature and seal and inscription Shiki no kacho, “Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons.” It is rare to find complete sets of such paintings which are usually conceived as handscrolls.



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Watanabe SEITEI (1851-1918)




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Two geese – possibly Greater White-fronted Geese ( although the legs should be a little more orange ) with tall reeds and a large misty moon. Sumi and light colour on silk, 43 x 16 in; 109 x 40.5 cms. Signed and sealed Seitei. In fine condition with original box signed and sealed by Seitei.



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Watanabe SEITEI ( 1852-1918 )




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Seitei ( Shotei ) specialised in kachoga; was famous in this area, and regarded as the leading exponent. Technically brilliant. Shows two tancho ( “red crest” ) Japanese cranes flying down to a field suffused with the yellow of ripening rice. This crane ( Grus japonensis ) is the second rarest crane in the world, migrating to East Asia in the fall to spend the winter. There is also a resident flock in Hokkaido. Much loved by the Japanese, the crane was a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity.Full colour on silk, 46 x 19.5 in; 117 x 49.5 cms. One small spot and minor loss of gofun on the rice, otherwise very good condition.


Signed and sealed Seitei.  A beautiful composition.


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Seitei ( Shotei ) specialised in kachoga; was famous in this area, and regarded as the leading exponent. Technically brilliant. A complete set of three paintings showing, right, Hana shobu, “ Iris Flower; centre, Matsu ni koi, “Pine Tree and Carp”; and left, Shobu, “Iris.” Each painting in full colour on silk, image size 47.5 x 20 inches; 120.75 x 51 cms. Signed Seitei. Fine condition. With original double box, signed and sealed.



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Watanabe SEITEI (1851-1918)




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A fascinating painting by Seitei in homage or as a commission inspired by Yoshitoshi’s ghost print: The ghost of Genji’s lover, Yugao, from Tsuki hyakushi, published 3/1886. Another unusual element is that Seitei has painted the outline of the scroll and the ichimonji and gone beyond, painting a surround of wild grasses and wispy clouds on what would be the kami and chu-mawashi. Seitei was famous for his depictions of birds and flowers and this is, again, a most unusual departure for him. One of Seitei’s masterpieces. Sumi and light colour on silk. Full size: 65.5 x 13.25 in; 166.5 x 33.5 cms. Light foxing at top, otherwise good condition with ( not original ) box. Signed Seitei Watanabe ga and dated kanoe Tora ( year of the Tiger, 1890 ) chugetsu, “Moon in Daylight.” Sealed Seitei.

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Watanabe SEITEI (1852-1918)




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An original painting showing a snow covered cliff overhanging a waterfall; one long piece of vegetation is suspended over the fall. A beautiful painting in sumi with light touches of colour on silk. An artist who excelled at kachoga. Image size 39 x 13 in, 99 x 33 cms. Seitei was a successful artist and had a large studio. Many paintings of his are studio or partly studio works. Painting and original (?) mount in good condition. Ivory rollers and wooden box. Fully signed, sealed and dated: Hinoe tori ( 1896 ) doshi, Ran Seitei zu.


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Watanabe SEITEI ( SHOTEI ) (1851-1918)




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A crow in flight with falling ginko leaves from a set of 22 prints Nijuni kacho published 1916 by Okuro Yasugoro. This being the best design from the set.


Fine impression, colour and condition. These prints were published on heavy paper and the early printings must have the large seal bottom right corner. Signed Seitei.



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