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Iris Flowers

Size: 40.0cm by 40.0cm (15.75 in by 15.75 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [XL] ?

Designer: Ogata Korin

Era: Late Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 50,000$ 409.00£ 320.00€ 370.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is a woodblock reproduction of a screen painting from the early 1700s. It was made by the Tansei-sha company (from Kyoto) in the early 1980s, as part of a set of reproductions of classical paintings.

This was the 'bubble era' in Japan, when the streets were awash in cash. Projects that would - in more sensible times - have been not financially viable, were able to attract enough buyers to move forward, and Tansei-sha made the most of this opportunity. (As did the Momose Company, which made a large number of reproductions of paintings in the same period.)

The documentation included together with the set of prints tells us that upwards of 50 printing impressions were used on this design. The original screen would have been gold leaf, and you can see how the printers have created a similar feeling, with the squares of the leaf reduced in size to match the smaller scale of this print.

The set was issued as a 'limited edition' at the time, but it should be acknowledged that prints from this series are seen in the wild without numbers, so almost certainly the publisher just kept going after issuing the initial batch.

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