Clam Gathering at Shiba-ura Surimono

by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

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Clam Gathering at Shiba-ura Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Hokkei (1780 - 1850) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Clam Gathering at Shiba-ura Surimono

Series; A Collection of Shells in Thirteen Prints

Surimono - Surimono are an exclusive subcategory of Japanese woodblock prints. Poetry clubs commissioned these designs for distribution to a small audience of members, most often as New Year's greetings. These privately published images included a wonderful range of subjects and lavish printing techniques such as embossing, burnishing, and metallic pigments. Since surimono were not sold commercially, the print runs were very small and original Edo era surimono are incredibly rare in the market today.

During the 1890s, publishers reprinted some of the most popular designs by famous artists like Hokkei, Gakutei, Hokusai and others. In keeping with the surimono tradition, the Meiji printings were equally exquisite, printed with the finest inks and embellished with embossing, lacquered pigments, and other design features. In some cases, the original Edo era prints no longer exist, making the Meiji reprints the only record of these subjects. These fascinating and beautifully printed images continue to delight collectors today.

Clam Gathering at Shiba-ura Surimono - Charming surimono image of two beauties, a man, and a small boy gathering clams in a basket along the shore at Shiba-ura. One woman shields her eyes with her hand as she looks ahead. An interesting subject.

Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Image Size - 8 1/2" x 7"

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. A few holes, repaired. Creasing throughout, slight toning and soiling, stains at edges. Please see photos for details.

Clam Gathering at Shiba-ura Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Clam Gathering at Shiba-ura Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)