Takamizawa's Taisho era Reprints - With the increase in Western visitors to Japan in the first quarter of the 20th century and the interest in the Edo era woodblock print tradition, some of the best publishing houses began to release high quality ukiyo-e of the most famous scenery and portrait prints from the Edo era. The Takamizawa Publisher, the finest reprint publisher of the era, published this beautiful print during the Taisho era (1911 - 1925). Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced with the original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The prints were produced with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work, fabulous mica backgrounds and embossed printing. Takamizawa's reprints were a fantastic achievement and were released to great acclaim. Some of the most popular subjects quickly became a scarce commodity.
One Hundred Masterpieces of Famous Ukiyo-e - During this period, Takamizawa published an album featuring 100 of the most famous designs from ukiyo-e. They were produced in a smaller "postcard" print format that was rarely produced. Most surprisingly, Takamizawa didn't cut corners in the production of these smaller reprints - they produced them with the same quality and attention to detail with which all of their reprints were produced. They included fine embossed printing and rich mica backgrounds - a rare inclusion on smaller format prints.
Today, these lovely old "postcard" prints from "One Hundred Masterpieces of Famous Ukiyo-e" are rarer and more valuable than some of the fine oban reprints produced by Takamizawa during this time period. This series featured a number of uncommon subjects that were hardly ever produced in reprint format. This beautiful Taisho era release by Takamizawa is a great opportunity for collectors interested in these classic images in a unique format.
The Fuji Arts Clearance is Unique in the Market
Thousands of prints sell every year in the Fuji Arts clearance. Savvy shoppers enjoy buying both originals and old reprints at just $24.99. And who wouldn't? It's fun to shop, the cost is low, and before you know it, exciting new prints show up at your doorstep.
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Artist - Kiyonobu (1663 - 1729)
Image Size - 3 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Each print slight curved from album storage. See photos below for example of album title and seal (not included). These prints were produced on a slightly thicker stock, but were never backed and appear exactly as they did nearly 100 years ago. Please see photos for details. In very nice condition overall.
Details of Ultimate Clearance
In order to purchase from our Ultimate Clearance, you must purchase a minimum of $25 worth of prints. This means, that you can either buy Ultimate Clearance prints as a group or simply purchase a single Ultimate Clearance print as well as any other normally priced item from our listings.
All prints offered in our Ultimate Clearance are Japanese woodblock prints - either original or reprints (please see photos, reprints are obvious). All of our woodblock prints are printed from wood blocks produced by hand. When we offer these prints so inexpensively, we do not offer any description or condition report - we have to let our excellent photos do all the talking, so be sure to look carefully at the photos.
While you're shopping, keep in mind that some condition issues could simply be framed out, some could be easily repaired, and others just allow you to enjoy owning a 19th century original at a bargain price. Of course, many prints are in excellent condition, just needing to be cleared out.
So, check out all the clearance offers and find prints that suit your taste.
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