Item from the Mokuhankan Flea Market


Size: 43.0cm by 30.0cm (16.93 in by 11.81 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Urushibara Yoshijiro

Era: Pre-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 95,000$ 740.00£ 605.00€ 700.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is a proof of the influence of Japanese design on the West during the period after Japan’s ‘opening’ because it was made in England. Indeed, Urushibara was living and working in London and influenced British artists attempting to make woodblock prints following traditional Japanese techniques.

Dave had met Yoshijiro-san's son couple a number of times, and Ichiro-san had been very helpful in providing information about his father's life and work for the 'tribute' website on Urushibara that Dave produced at the time.

A group of three chrysanthemums, two oranges, and one white one are nicely displayed inside a brown ceramic vase. Their vivid color stands out against the plain grey background.

This print is extremely unusual in a sense because there are some areas (in the flower) where the background block remains uncarved, suggesting that this is an early proof copy taken before the block was repaired for subsequent edition(s).

This print came to Mokuhankan from a private collector in England. 

This print is slightly toned overall and has a few small foxing spots mainly on the margins.

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