5011 - 5224 FINE ARTS - JAPANESE PRINTS AND ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, ORIENTAL AND TRIBAL ARTS
- Wormholes throughout; some (pink) waterstains (mainly small). Upper outer corner of frontwr. missing; wrapper otherwise worn along extremities.
= Rare anthropological work on the indigenous people of the northernmost region of Japan, formerly called Ezo and from 1869 onwards Hokkaido. The drawings show the people going about their daily activities, as well as Ainu objects (i.a. swords and other weaponry) and traditional clothing. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXXIII.
- Sl. yellowed; very small wormhole in upper outer blank corner throughout.
AND a leporello sketchbook by HOUSON showing human figures, animals, flowers and fruits (±1850, 16 watercolours, orig. wr.).
- Mounted on plywood; several tears.
- Some vague waterstains; sl. creased. Orig. wrappers worn, creased and sl. soiled.
= Nice collection of pattern designs with so-called yuzen colouring, showing landscapes, plants, birds, other animals, toys and geometrical shapes, the patterns often consisting of randomly scattered small patches of repeated or similar shapes/ objects.
- Both frames w. defects.
- Sl. wrinkled/ foxed/ stained.
- Corners and silk sl. rubbed; spine-ends nibbled by rodents (not affecting drawings).
= Incl. several nice drawings, i.a. a cock and a chicken, several landscapes, a fish just below the surface and a man on a boat. Some names (tentative identifications): Chikuzan, Ennen, Chikukyo and Houryu.
- Occas. sl. foxed. Small moth-eaten spot on backcover. Otherwise fine.
= I.a. drawings of a moored ship; a group of 6 deer on a grassy patch; two houses in front of a high mountain; fishermen and women selling their catch on the beach and various landscapes.
- Partly trifle foxed; a few vaguely visible false folds.
= Some names: Masayoshi and Kakuyou; some subjects: a seated lady with a pine tree branch in her hand; a bird on a branch with red berries; two turned-over mushrooms with 2 yellow leaves; a sketch of a monk seated in front of a fire. Attractive album.
- Trifle rubbed/ chafed.
AND 8 other drawings and prints, late 19th(?)/ 20th cent., 1x on silk and 5x w. silk borders, 1x w. ticket and seal on verso as described above, showing flowers, animals and a landscape, i.a. after Qi Baishi.
- Sl. duststained.
- Both drawings foxed; one drawing w. a few chafed scratches; ms. annot. in ballpoint on verso; remnants of former mount visible on verso.
- With waterstains and creases along edges; a few sm. holes.
= A drawing on late 18th cent. Dutch paper w. watermark "J. Hessels" (±1790-1800, Ugchelen). Accurate early 19th century copy after or possibly by Kawahara Keiga (1786-1860) himself. The same composition by Kawahara is now in the collection of the Smithsonian. Keiga Kawahara made drawings in commission for the botanist P.F. von Siebold in Dejima, Nagasaki. In the 18th and 19th century there was a great demand for so-called 'ningyo', mermaids or seacreatures. They were mostly constructed from monkeys and large carp or other fish by taxidermists and put on display in Japanese sideshows called misemono. The drawing in the Smithsonian was originally sold in Amsterdam in 1995. According to an annotation on verso of this drawing, it was sold in auction in 1946 at De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam. There are also copies of the drawing in the Museum of Volkenkunde. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXXII.