Moonstones, rubies, tourmalines, yellow sapphires and pearls. Miniatures representing incisions by the Master Hiroshige.
The seduction of this peony plays on its pink-white colours with flame like dashes of orange around the gold of the centre. This figure, framed by blue below, which recalls images of water and fecundity, and yellow above, which reminisces the splendour of the sun, make this both a work of art and a flower that transmits great glamour and charm.
Title: Pheasant and chrysanthemums
A splendid silver pheasant is elegantly perched on a jutting rock covered in grasses and mosses of various hues. A clump of chrysanthemums of a gaudy shape, point to the probability of the scene being taken from a park or an immense aviary to which the bird might belong, as was fashionable at the time. A haiku refers to the chrysanthemums:
“Scent of chrysanthemum
drop after drop
falls the saturated dew
Kiku no ka ya
Fukumeru tsuyu no
Chiru tabi ni”