Item #91001 Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].
Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].

Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album].

Item #91001

Aya Nishiki 綾錦 [Design album]. Late Meiji-Taisho Era. Oversize design album in boards approx. 69 x 43cm with 99 sheets approx 77.5 x 45cm. Each sheet has a rectangular design approx. 47.5 x 34.5cm, about two-thirds with penciled gridlines for production. Holes in the right hand margin for binding. Hand-brushed title on front board reads 綾錦 [Aya Nishiki] with 山田 [Yamada] on the lower right hand side.

Lovely hand-painted designs with botanical, pictorial, abstract, traditional Japanese and Western motifs, likely for kimono or other textiles and possibly for embroidery or weaving. Silver and bronze metallic accents on a number of designs. A few patterns have a transparent paper overlay where a design was revised. These appear to be preliminary sketches before being made into a woodblock print or stencil. Some show signs of Karazuri 空刷り, key block blind printing, or a scoring of the paper surface to designate a border or placement of a design.

Most pages have some type of identification in the margins, such as a stamped hanko, penciled notes, stamped or handwritten pattern number, and/or a handwritten date within a stamped box. A few have the name 山田 [Yamada] handwritten in pencil on the bottom and some have production directions, all in Japanese.

2 small labels on the rear board with “91 original paintings” and “Kyoto, Japan” handwritten in English. Wear to boards and toning to rear and margins of sheets.

Price: $6,000.00

See all items in Japan and East Asia