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Antique Oil Painting of My Great Grandmother Chie, Done by My Great Grandfather

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Posted 4 years ago


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This is a copy of the original artwork done of my Step Great Grandmother who raised me until I was 7. The original in still in our house in Tokyo, Japan. Grandma Chie was the love of my life....she was the best! She was a rebel in Japan in the hey day of" The Flapper Era". She wore the short dresses(past her ankles) and all the Japanese women thought she was scandalous dancing to Jazz! Well this was a painting done by my Great Grandfather. The Japanese line was filled with philanthropy and artists. Hence my mother going to the Art School. This was done around 1910?


  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 4 years ago
    What a character she must have been!
  2. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    AmberRose, she was incredible! She had heart and love to give! She loved my Grandfather. It was also taboo to marry a man who was divorced :0. She was my real mother in many ways. She never had children and I was like her only child. I know you would have liked her! She lived until she was 97. I have some jewelry she gave me...simple pieces that need to be day.
  3. Songwriter53 Songwriter53, 4 years ago
  4. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    Songwriter53, thank you...that means a lot to me:))
  5. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 4 years ago
    A beautiful portrait - your great grandfather was a very good artist. She is very beautiful and I see a family resemblance in you. What a wonderful treasure to own!
  6. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, thank you for the wonderful and kind words. She is always near me My grandfather was taught at Columbia University ...and was the first Japanese to graduate with a PHD.
  7. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    antiquarius123, thank you for your words....they mean a lot to Great Grandmother was very special to me...always:))
  8. inky inky, 4 years ago
    What a beautiful woman!...:-)
  9. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    inky, she was, thank you!!!!
  10. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Wow what an amazing portrait, a beautiful woman a talented man & a priceless treasure, you are so lucky.
  11. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    walksoftly, thank you so much...I can't wait to see the original that is coming this year to the house!
  12. artislove artislove, 4 years ago
    great respect to your jazz dancing step great grandmother,we owe alot to rebels like that,thanks for sharing!!!
  13. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    artislove, I concur! She was out of the box in showing affection in the Japanese culture. My mother did not show affection..and it took my Great Grandmother to step up and be a real mother to me:)) I was blessed!
  14. toolate2 toolate2, 4 years ago
    What does the kanji say?
  15. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    toolate, the stamping is the family crest or last name. You see we come from the direct line of one of the oldest Japanese lineage. We at one time, owned half of Japan. We were the other ruling family in the Tokugawa Era. We were the other ruling family(that was defeated) in the Shogun Era. We have a museum where our Castle stood and a park where our lands were. A bridge and street named after us. I have not been..but my siblings have. Thank you for asking :))
  16. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    You must go and see and take a lot of pictures for us! So much material for a book - couldn't you blend your history w/the moonstones? This sounds like a natural fit. I love this painting. She's gorgeous and your Great grandfather a skilled artist. Thanks for sharing your story - love you!
  17. toolate2 toolate2, 4 years ago
    Your family sounds amazing! For the movie version I see maybe Lucy Liu playing both you and your great grandmother... I would buy a ticket!!!
  18. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    toolate2, thank you for being so understanding and wonderful!!! I would love to make a movie...about my family...there is more to tell my dad was part of the OSS :0
  19. NativeJewelerylovers NativeJewelerylovers, 4 years ago
    Very nice....great to have family heirlooms...
  20. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    NativeJewelerylovers, thank you...I hope it they all stay intact:))
  21. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    ho2cultcha, thank you ...means a lot to me xoxoxoxo
  22. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
    This is fabulous. What a beautiful painting and so wonderful you know the provenance and that you knew and loved your Grandma Chie.
  23. sarahoff sarahoff, 4 years ago
    So beautiful, you can see her love for him in her eyes:)
  24. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    Very clever man & you have such a history to be proud of
  25. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    That is an amazing Painting and an amazing, before her tim Lady. She sounds like she had her on mind about things !! (:-D)

    Moonstonelover21, will you take a look at the signature on my painted vase,or urn? Anything you could tell me about it would be greatly appreciated ! Just go to my page and you will see it. Thanks
  26. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    musikchoo, thank soon as my mother is calmed down a little...I will ask her to read it to me. :0
  27. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    I come across some pictures & other things we sold so I thought I would put them up I'm sure you will love them. Zowie
  28. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thank You Moonstonelover21. Imay have photographed it sidewas or upside down !! (:-D)
  29. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    musikchoo, it looks me.
  30. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    mikelv85, thank you!
  31. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
    JohannB, thanks for loving!!
  32. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    The dress and haircut are defintely 20s! A pure Art Deco look!

    I studied Art and I wish I could make such a portrait!
  33. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    Came for a look thought I had seen it before I'm sure you know when your nan would of been around
  34. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 years ago
    Lovely Moonstone & what great info. She must've been a fun woman:)
  35. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 3 years ago
    VF, she was a great woman who loved me as her own...very blessed
  36. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 3 years ago
    Katzl, this is my Grandfather used charcoal to paint my Grandmother.

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