Original 19th Century Watanabe Seitei (Shotei) Japanese Woodblock Print, Hokusai

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Seller: dogstar_rising (643) 100%, Location: Astoria, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264312283023 A FABULOUS BIJUTSU SEKAI BOOKPLATE REPRESENTING HOKUSAI Antique woodblock bookplate is Watanabe Seitei’s (Shōtei’s) publication, Bijutsu sekai daisan mokuju, “The World of Art.” Published in 1890’s by Shunyodo. With the backing of Wada Atsutaro, the head of the Shunyodo publishing house. Watanabe Seitei founded and edited the Bijutsu Sekai Daisan Mokuju. It is a series of twenty-five volumes of original woodblock prints and reduced-sized woodblock reprints of the works of contemporary and earlier Japanese masters. Watanabe Seitei also contributed to these volumes along with eleven other contemporary masters, including Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Kono Bairei, Kawanabe Kyosai, Kobayashi Eitaku and Imao Keinen etc. 100% Authentic Antique Print from the late 19th Century! The impression is very good, as are the soft, pastel colors. The paper has an antiquated tonality that is indicative of the prints age. There is light toning and very little if any soiling. Nice Ummo effect. ‘Ummo’ (powdered mica) creating a glistening sheen. No worm damage, no creases, no rat damage, margins included. This charming print will just need to be matted and framed. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OFFERED OVER 125 YEARS OLD, this fine example of 19th Century “Nihon-ga” would make a unique and fabulous gift for home or office. ———————————————————— 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 waiting to be pieced 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—you’ll be wearing a suit from a tailor who’s not paid the dues). Remember, once this action is done it can’t be undone. When considering the fact that the art is forever fresh and alive as it is, 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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