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Coll. 62 Original Fan Designs. Kyoto Fan Maker Meiji

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Coll. 62 Original Fan Designs. Kyoto Fan Maker Meiji
A Unique Kyoto Fan Sellers Sample Catalogue of 62 Original Fan Designs. Meiji Period 1868-1912. Each page 19 1/8 x 14 1/2 ins (48.5 x 36.8 cms) We bought this collection in Kyoto some years ago. It is a disbound album of fan designs, which had clearly been a sample album for the firm of Toshio Inouye, 27 Bukkoji, Takakura, Kyoto whose stamp features on most designs either in Romaji or kanji. There are 5 designs on silk, the remainder on paper. Also in the collection are three French- style chromolithographs, clearly a sideline for the firm, the remainder are all quintessentially Japanese. All the design are painted with the exception of these 3 chromos. There are a wonderful range of subjects but none appear to be signed by the artist. There are frequent notes and numbers on the designs. As one would expect in a trade catalogue the collection is not in fine condition as it would be frequently used by customers to select designs for orders. Although the pages were at one time stitched into an album, they are now separated and the covers are long gone. However, a book binder could easily re-bind the collection to ensure its survival. As can be seen from the photographs the designs are sometimes creased and soiled, there are a few deficiencies and each design is tipped onto the page at several points but none are entirely pasted down. This is a unique collection and of immense interest to collectors of Japanese fans. We have been unable to trace any mention of Toshio Inouye but he would almost certainly be found in Kyoto trade directories of the time, to which unfortunately we have no access. They clearly date from the Meiji Period (1868-1912). We can send images of the complete collection to interested customers, please email us to receive.

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