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Size: 30.0cm by 19.0cm (11.81 in by 7.48 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Tosa Mitsuoki / Kano Yoshinobu

Era: Taisho | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 9,000$ 82.00£ 66.25€ 75.25 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is from the series, "The Nippon Mokuhan Gasui" (Masterpieces of old Japanese colour prints), a collection of reproductions of various themes and designs published around 1924.

The accompanying description states that the work is by Tosa Mitsuoki, but it appears that this picture of "kataoki-shi (形置師)", the craftsman doing stencil dyeing, is originally a part of the series of 24 folding screen paintings of Edo period craftsmen by Kano Yoshinobu, originally painted around 1615.

Note that the publisher incorporated a great deal of 'antiquing' in the print - imitating the worn condition of the byobu screen - and on top of that we see the natural aging of the woodblock print itself over the past hundred years ...

It comes with a description sheet in English and Japanese.

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