Beautiful colour woodcuts of animals and flowers by Watanabe Shōtei

Beautiful colour woodcuts of animals and flowers by Watanabe Shōtei

Code: HH-1905


W: 36cm (14.2")H: 55cm (21.7")

£3,250.00 Approx $4470.43, €3805.62, £3250

Shōtei Kachō Gafu [Volumes 1 and 2] 省亭花鳥画譜 壱 English title: Album with birds and flowers by Shōtei. 

Tokio: Ōkura Magobei. Published Meiji 23-24 (1890-91). 86 colour woodcuts of animals and flowers and 14 pages of Japanese text, taken from the original book block bound editions, published in 1890, with Shōtei's mark (hanko). 50 loose passe-partouts (card enclosures front and rear), each with two opposite pages side by side under passe-partout, as well as the original covers; in custom made wooden box with clasps. With 4 minor holes from binding twine in every p. (along the left or right margin), first p. with some loss, else very well preserved copy of this beautiful publication. Image size 20.5 x 15 cm., passe-partout size 32 x 49.5 cm. There was a third volume of images published. Professor Matthi Forrer, curator of Japanese Art of the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, in a letter, called this 'one of the finest examples of woodcut colour in the 19th century.' There is a copy of this letter and copies of the text pages in Japanese with some translations in Dutch.

Watanabe Shōtei aka Watanabe Seitei (1851 in Edo – 1918) was a Nihonga painter and one of the first to visit Europe, attending the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris and being awarded a medal. Shōtei blended Western realism with the delicate colours and washes of the Kikuchi Yōsai school, introducing a new approach to kachōga or kacho (bird-and-flower painting).