A Special Takamizawa Collection
A Special Takamizawa Collection - The Takamizawa publisher produced some of the finest woodblock reprints of the 20th century. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced replicating original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The printers worked with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work and even some wood grain detail. Note our photos of the old Takamizawa publisher brochure from this small group that we recently purchased in Japan. The brochure dates these prints to the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.
Asakusa River and Distant View of Kinryuzan Temple - Handsome pillar print design of a ferry crossing the Asakusa River. Rain slants down across the water and the boatman poles his craft along, wearing a straw raincoat. Boats are moored along the opposite shore, and the buildings of Kinryuzan Temple rise above the treetops in the distance. Nicely detailed with soft bokashi shading. A fine Takamizawa reprint with publisher's seal on reverse.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 4 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.