Antique Japanese pair of screen paintings, one of early Summer (or Spring): rabbits, blossoming wisteria and peonies. And the other of Winter: birds including sparrows and kingfishers with snow-covered bamboo and red clusters of berries on a large nandia bush. Painted using mineral colors and gold leaf on paper. Signed Eigaku Kano (1790-1867).
Eigaku Kano was the ninth head of the "Kyo Kano", the Kyoto branch of the Kano School. He is credited for reviving the Kano School and was supported by many feudal lords and wealthy merchants including the Kishu Tokugawa family. He was chosen as the patron painter of the Imperial Palace.
Later Edo Period (1603-1868)
Dimensions of each screen: 54" high x 121 1/2" long