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Kimono design. Shirokiyagofukuten? - [Ashi-te Oyo Moyo?].

n.p. [191-?]. 59x42cm limp cloth with brushed title label; 30 original colour designs in gouache. A working book and pretty good for such a thing. ¶ A giant (comparatively) early 20th century set of finished designs for a pattern book, by the look of them, but certainly used before they were made into this book. Offsetting shows that some of them were not neighbours originally but they have all been numbered one to thirty and some captions or annotations added at much the same time as they were painted. The subtitle above the main title translates more or less as 'pending designs'. On the back cover is written Shirokiyagofukuten which was an Edo/Tokyo kimono seller, haberdashery, department store for about three hundred years until it petered out in the 1960s. These plant based designs, though, and the pattern books which came from designs like this, are much more Kyoto than Tokyo.
AUD 2000.00 [Appr.: EURO 1236.25 US$ 1330.33 | £UK 1087.25 | JP¥ 173940] Book number 11002

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