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Japanese Lacquer Photo Album with Watercolor Vignettes on Borders, with Original Box
1856. Lacquer, Calf Boards, Fabric covering box. Very Good Minus. N.d., circa late nineteenth century. 25 by 20 cm.With 24 hand-tinted and/or colored photographs, all embedded in very thick card leaves, which have gilt edges. The margin of each photo is embellished with traditional Japanese watercolors of flowers, trees, birds, including ducks, pheasants, cranes, fish, waves. The watercolors tend to be diagonally arranged, with the artwork predominantly occupying two kiddy corners. In some of the watercolors, the colors jump off the page with their brightness, and it is these that distinguish the use of watercolors from mere color printing. Overall, the watercolors are exquisite and set this album apart from most other albums of this ilk, plus this one comes with the original decorative box from K. Tamamura. (Kozaburo Tamamura (1856-1924) was a photographer based in Yokohama from 1883 on and an originator of "Yokohama Shashin", the kind of tourist photographs present in this album and reaching a peak of production in the 1890s. The photographs are mostly human studies, generally of Japanese archetypes: Geishas, samurai, a Sumi wrestler, probably a peasant family, Kabuki performers, store keepers. These photos include both individuals posing and group photos. There are only two less exciting photos of tourist sites -- a Buddha statue and of a mountainous river valley. Condition: box repaired, with lid reattached, and newer cloth on back of spine, not entirely matching the cushioned silk fabric elsewhere. Lacquer boards well-preserved, with minor corner rubbing, a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques [United States]
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