Sofu Teshigahara - Editions, Photographs and Design Hong Kong Friday, June 14, 2024 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Christie's, Amsterdam, 'Twentieth Century Art including Belgian Art,' 9 June 2004, lot 295
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Sofu Teshigahara: Calligraphies and Sculptures, exh. cat., The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1980, for similar examples throughout
    Sofu Teshigahara in the Postwar Avant-Garde Era, exh. cat., Setagaya Art Museum and Sogetsu Foundation, Tokyo, 2001, pp. 23, 26-27, 126-27, 162-65 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    Training in the Japanese discipline of ikebana and even founding his own school to teach its principles, Teshigahara’s personal interpretation and prioritisation in his creative practise was to understand and express the inherent feeling of the materials he worked with, placing great importance on expression of three dimensions and utilising asymmetry to create tension and balance in his compositions, regardless of medium. He extended the philosophies of ikebana, transcending its applications for floral arranging into other artistic endeavours, such as sculpture, calligraphy and drawing. The present folding screen demonstrates the artist’s preoccupation with dimension and dynamic expression of form with the flexible functionality of the moveable screen, as well as his interests in calligraphy and asymmetry through the motifs selected and applied to the work.


Six-panel folding screen

circa 1970
Sumi ink and gold on paper, Macassar ebony.
172 x 338 x 1.6 cm (67 3/4 x 133 1/8 x 0 5/8 in.), as shown
Right lower side impressed artist's red seal.

HK$250,000 - 350,000 

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Editions, Photographs and Design

Hong Kong Auction 14 June 2024