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Unsigned / Unknown Artist (1600 - Present)

Pattern Book for Kimono Design (Hana Fukusa) (2 Vol.)

Medium: Ehon
Date: 1900
Size (H x W): 12 x 8.25 (inches)
Publisher: Hatsubaijo Yamada (Unsodo)
Signature: Introduction: Tomioka Tessai, Editor: Naosaburo Yamada
Condition: Two volume set. Very good color and impression, light surface soiling and wear. Binding and covers intact.

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Edited by Naosaburo Yamada, Pattern Book of Kimono Design (Hana Fukusa) includes an introduction by the Kyoto painter Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924). This beautiful two-volume pattern book provides a great example of the patterns and motifs from Indonesian batik fabric that became popular in Japan. It is thought that Indonesian textiles were brought to Japan by Dutch traders in the 18th century. This two volume set was on view in the exhibition The Clamor of Ornament: Exchange, Power, and Joy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present at The Drawing Center in New York City from June 15th - September 18th, 2022.

About the artist

There are some works that arrive in our collection by unknown artists, while there are others that may lack a signature, but can be attributed to a known artist after careful research. Certain genres, such as Meiji-period photography and shunga (erotic prints) frequently fall into this second category. It is difficult to identify early photographers because photography studios did not include credits in souvenir albums, many of which featured numerous photographers. In addition, photographers often bought the negatives of others and reproduced them as a part of their own portfolio. When attempting to make attributions, photographs with no credits are compared to the few that have attributions. Turning to shunga, nearly all ukiyo-e artists produced erotic prints, yet these prints are often unsigned to avoid trouble with the law. For these works, attributions are generally made based on stylistic analysis.