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Lot 58: Japanese Framed and Signed Print on Silk 1800s
October 25, 2016
Milton, DE, USA
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Description: This is an antique framed landscape on silk named Yokkaichi from Japan circa late 1800s. Yokkaichi was the forty-third of the 53 post stations along the Tokaido road between the shogun's city and the imperial city. These post stations were established by the shogun for travelers to rest overnight prior to the rail system in Japan. The landscape on silk illustrates a windy day with a man racing after his hat, which has been blown away by the wind and another man crosses a small bridge over a stream. Yokkaichi was painted by Ando Hiroshige, made in a woodblock print, and produced in limited numbers between 1831-34 by the publisher Takenouchi Magohach. These original landscapes on silk are highly collectable and extremely valuable. This is a later version of the landscape made for export in the late 1800s. Japanese landscapes on silk were very fashionable and trendy in America and Europe during the 1880s and 1890s. The Japanese landscape on silk is in its original wooden frame with wavy glass that is appropriate for fine prints in the late 1800s. The landscape on silk was framed and sold by upscale John Wanamaker Department Store. John Wanamaker was one of the first department stores in United States (Philadelphia and New York City) and had stores in London and Paris.
Condition Report: Excellent condition with age appropriate wear and patina
Dimensions: 15 inches high, 14 inches wide, and 1 1/2 inches deep.