Family life, Japanese mixed media on silk. Late 19th/Early 20th C.
Japanese Mixed Media on silk, framed and glazed. Dimensions : 362mm x 281mm x 13mm. Weight : 0.760kg net. Condition : Good.
Family Life, Japanese mixed media on silk, late Meiji/Taisho era (late 19th C/early 20th C), framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 362mm x 281mm 13mm. Image : 342mm x 262mm.
The mixed media image comprises a typical Meiji/Taisho era woodblock with sections highlighted in what appears to be brush applied gouache. The particular areas of attention are the baubles hanging from the shade above the man's head, the petals of the painting above the woman's head, the white highlighted items to the right of the woman, the green tassles hanging from the woman's lh sleeve and the smoke rising from the man's mouth which is almost 3-dimensional.
Condition/Notes : The image is in very good condition, protected by the glazed frame. The silk base is in very good condition with no signs of wear or moisture effects and the weave can be quite clearly seen. The smoke rising from the man's mouth is particularly interesting being almost tangible and the accumulation of smoke residue on the wall above his head extremely effective in conveying the image of continuity and contented repitition typical of the Japanese life style in this period. There is some interesting script on the painting above the woman and on her fan which may have significance. The colours are good and fresh indicating that the picture has been well preserved. The ebonized wooden frame is sturdy and well made. The back is protected with a sheet of box secured by lightly rusting pins and sealed with 48mm gummed framing tape. There is a framer's label attached at lower quarter "A.W. Johnson 5 Kensington High St London W8". 2 small cork buffers are attached to the lower edge. The frame appears to be original and not to have been opened.
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