Shiryu Morita Tatsu (Dragon) screen to make $50,000 at Bonhams?

A striking calligraphic screen by Shiryu Morita entitled Tatsu (Dragon) will see some of the highest bids in Bonhams' Fine Japanese Works of Art auction, to be held on September 17 in New York.

Morita Shiryu Tatsu (Dragon) screen
The screen bears the Japanese character for dragon

The sale comes as part of Asia Week, which will see rarities from across Asia sold by all the major auction houses in New York. Focusing on Japanese objets d'art, the sale will follow Bonhams' auction of The James A Rose Collection of Netsuke and Sagemono.

The screen, a 1967 piece, is expected to make between $30,000 and $50,000 as the top lot of the sale. Shiryu Morita (1912-1998) was a pioneer in the advancement of avant-garde calligraphy in Japan, known for the energetic movement of his brushstrokes.

Also starring is an early 20th century lacquer box, which originates from the studio of Akatsuka Jitoki. It is valued at $30,000-40,000.

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