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. These fine quality suriomono reprints offer a great way to collect these classic designs at an affordable price.
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Gathering Shellfish Surimono - Charming scene of people gathering shellfish along the shore at low tide. Near the center, a man bends over with a flounder in his hands, another fellow sitting alongside the basket between them. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji appears on the horizon, the outline rendered in embossing only. Includes additional embossing along the edges of the clouds. A handsome design with wonderful detail. We've never before seen this design in reprint.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 7 1/4" x 18"
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.