A folding screen comprising a central wood-framed panel and a smaller wood-framed panel to left and right, connected by metal hinges, depicting a large turkey in colored takamaki-e lacquer with hanging wisteria blossoms above and on either side on a beige-toned ground, the reverse with ferns in gold lacquer on a translucent red-brown ground
Signed on the front in gold lacquer Shōwa nijūninen sangatsu Atsuhiko saku昭和二十二年三月 篤彦作 (Made by Atsuhiko in March 1947) with a seal Atsuhiko 篤彦; signed on the back in gold lacquer Shōwa nijūninen sangatsu Atsuhiko tsukuru 昭和二十二年三月 篤彦造 (Made by Atsuhiko in March 1947) with a seal Atsuhiko 篤彦
Based in Nerima, Tokyo and later in Niigata Prefecture, Izumi Atsuhiko exhibited at the Hōshukuten (Special National Exhibition Held to Mark the 2,600th Anniversary of the Japanese Imperial House) in1940 and, after the war, at the Nitten official national exhibition. A specialist in carved-lacquer decoration, he was a student of the renowned lacquer scholar Rokkaku Shisui (1867–1950) and mostly made wares for the tea ceremony. In 1947, the year the present piece was made, he exhibited a “small lacquer screen with chickens,” perhaps in a similar format. For an example of a screen with a similar background by the well-known lacquer artist Ban’ura Shōgo, compare Bonhams London, November 9, 2017, lot 338.