Item from the Mokuhankan Flea Market

Poem Card on Cherry Branch

Size: 53.0 cm by 25.0 cm (20.87 in by 9.84 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ishikawa Toyonobu

Era: Post-war | Production quality (1~5): 5 | Condition (1~5): 4

Price: 15,000 yen [Item has been sold]

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Description: In the immediate post-war period, the Adachi Hanga company made a series of reproductions of designs from the earliest days of the ukiyo-e tradition. They did so with a philosophy of trying to get as close to the originals as possible, keeping to the same dimensions, having special paper made that closely matched the early prints, and using the same techniques - including hand-painting the colours (many of the designs dated from the era before colour-printing had been invented).

This is one such print: the outlines are carved and printed in the usual way, but the colouring is done by hand, using the old pigments. This can take a lot of time, and - having done some of this here at Mokuhankan - we can clearly understand how revolutionary the colour-printing technique must have seemed in the day ...

(This print has a very small amount of light foxing at the lower left corner ...)

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