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JAPANESE TEXTILES. - A collection of 483 hand painted textile designs.

n.p. mid 20th century? 75 heavy handmade paper folios, approx 41x31cm (folded), each with between five and eight designs under cut out embossed mounts facing each other with a tissue guard between. Mounted manuscript labels for each design. Kept in a wooden box, 45x33x15cm, with a manuscript title label (so far undeciphered). ¶ A near unimaginable amount of work has gone into this. It would have been a lot easier to mount actual textile samples but someone decided to hand paint each in scrupulous detail including texture. And this is no amateur work, I've never seen better. Paper has been carefully chosen for each type of weave and dramatic textures have been built up much like ceramic glazes. The only thing I've seen that matches the quality, care and sheer labour that went into this is the 1933 portfolio of textile designs Senshoku Zuan by Takizawa Kuniyuki. The only thing that is inferior is the box. It is, I'm sorry to say, plywood and I wonder whether it's a later addition. Was it for a pattern book of historical designs? These were popular in the thirties, produced by master woodcut printers like Unsodo or Uchido in Kyoto. If you wanted the finest work in printing Kyoto was where you went. In the 70s and 80s there was a resurgence in luxurious design books but more often with photography than original prints.
AUD 2500.00 [Appr.: EURO 1611.25 US$ 1934.85 | £UK 1391.5 | JP¥ 211534] Book number 10757

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