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42. Mori Ippô (1798-1872)
Fuji in a kaki-byoso, painted mounting of spring flowers
Signed: Ippô
Seals: Keishi noin, Shikô
Technique: colours on silk, 90.5 x 55.6
Mounting: grey silver damask
109.5 57.6
Condition: silk at the top a little worn and a weld at the bottom, otherwise good

A rare example of a painted mounting (kaki-byoso). "A type of mounting in which a frame of a picture or a calligraphy on paper or silk is painted with pigments to give the appearance of a frame on the same surface as the painting, as if it were actually mounted with fabric decorated with various designs." (Dictionary of Japanese Art Terms, p. 94).

Ippô, an outstanding member of the third generation Maruyama-Shijô painters, lived in Osaka. He studied under Mori Tetsuzan (1775-1841), who later adopted him. About 1850, he executed some of the paintings for fusuma, sliding doors, of the imperial palace.

Roberts p. 55
Araki p. 24
Hillier p. 264
Itsuo 48-52
Kansai # 236 ff