192. Item #90316
[DESIGN] MATSUZAKAYA DEPARTMENT STORE. MEIKA MOYÔ. Tôkyô, Hakurinsha (n.d. - c. late 1920s) 15 1/2 X 11 1/2 Inches. A deluxe folio of 15 large color woodblock printed designs done for the department store as a keepsake in 100 copies (of which this is number 75) presumably for their most well-heeled clients. The delicate washi translucent cover sheets and the embroidered wisteria pattern chitsu case embellishment are remarkable. The color prints themselves, of kimono and obi, are printed using dozens if not scores of blocks in that amazing version of "mokuhan" graced with the title "xylographie". As identified by Dr. Scott Johnson, noted expert in the field. The Block cutter was Ôkura Hanbei, the printer Niimi Kôhei and the "colorist" Funabashi Mitsuru. Each design is identified on the cover sheet. Original throughout, with a bit of fading and warping to the covers. The printing is exquisite. The portfolio virtually unknown and magnificent. $4,750.00.