Antique Woodblock Print, Katsushika Taito, aka Dog Hokusai, Flowers, Birds e-hon

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Seller: dogstar_rising (643) 100%, Location: Astoria, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264302228567 Katsushika Taito’s KACHO GADEN (Flowers and Birds, a Picture Book of Natural History) Kacho Gaden: exquisitely detailed pictures of Songbirds, gamebirds, waterfowl, birds of prey and various plant life. The names of the birds and the vegetation are written in both kanji and hiragana in the print. “Usuzumi technique” appears throughout the prints in this volume. A woodcut printing technique that creates gradient tonalities by diluting the ink (such expertise of manual application is never found in reprints). Prints by Taito are extremly hard to find. Rarer still, is the fact that they are not in tatters. In fact there isn’t even any toning to the paper to speak of. In other words, if you like it, bid on it/buy it—because prints from Taito’s Kacho Gaden, in great condition, are genuinely limited. This isn’t televised advertising after all. NOT A COUNTERFEIT! First printed in 1849, this is a later Meiji Era edition. All prints are pulled from the original 1849 woodblocks, guaranteed. The woodblock print is on heavy, cream colored washi paper. Paper has little to no toning from ages. This print from Meiji Era is quite rare and in good condition for its age. NICE REGISTRY AND IMPRESSION. Approximate size: Height: 9 inches, Width: 6 inches. An authentic woodblock print over one hundred years old that will only appreciate with time! WOULD MAKE A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS. ————————–—————————–— KATSUSHIKA TAITO (1810-1853) A prolific illustrator, Taito II was born in Edo to a samurai family from Kyushu. He began his artistic education under the great Hokusai, who bestowed his own go “Taito” onto his young student in 1820. Taito worked closely with his teacher, collaborating with Hokusai on the second Manga volume in 1815. Working independently in Edo from 1830 to 1843, Taito worked in Osaka between 1843 and 1853. Throughout his career, Taito II’s oeuvre spanned ehon (illustrated books), single-sheet prints, and paintings. For a period of time, he began forging Hokusai’s signature, but was found out. Following this incident, Taito was sometimes called “Inu (Dog) Hokusai;” he also went by “Osaka Hokusai.” ————————–—————————–— A bit of friendly advice on matting bookplate diptych prints before framing: All bookplates that I have up for auction haven’t been butchered down the center seam then priced together. Since these images were never intended to be assembled as a single print no attempt has been made to do so. Personally, and for justifiable aesthetic reasons, I prefer to mat bookplate diptychs with a half inch or 1.2 centimeter space left between the two separate panels. It is also more archival, saving the print from harmful and messy taping or glueing at the seam. If you do attempt this, you may find that the two halves don’t even line up from top to bottom (end result—a suit from a bad tailor). So remember, once this action is done it can’t be undone. When considering the fact that the art is forever fresh and alive, what reason is there to meddle with it by reassembling it to your particular preferences (hubris perhaps?). Just a bit of friendly advise, but as always, I leave such matters to the discretion of the buyer.

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