Scholten offers many varieties of Japanese art, including: netsuke, inro, lacquer, screens, paintings, and woodblock prints. Please scroll through our selection of recent acquisitions.
Images of the pleasure districts that housed entertainment such as theater and
brothels were popular subjects amongst print artists of the Edo period (1603-1868).
However, by the mid 19th century the subject of meisho, famous places, also enjoyed
Our collection of paintings include hanging scrolls, album leaves, watercolors and
folding screens, ranging from the 17th to the 20th century.
Lacquer was used to embellish boxes and accessories of all sizes and functions.
Painstakingly decorated containers were created for a variety of uses such as
cosmetic and incense containers, writing boxes to hold an ink stone and utensils,
and inro - the elegant gentleman's accessory of stacked boxes which was worn
suspended from the waist sash.
Netsuke, or toggles, were used to anchor objects suspended from an individual's
waist sash. Some served more than one function, such as a seal-form, or an ashtray.
Not only utilitarian, netsuke of the 18th and 19th centuries became objects of art
themselves, as the subject and style would reflect the good tastes and interests
of the owner.