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Rare Full Set of 24 Gosho Doll Prints by Kawase Hasui

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1940: item # 1060242

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Rare Full Set of 24 Gosho Doll Prints by Kawase Hasui

Complete boxed set of twenty-four original Japanese woodblock prints by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) entitled “Japanese Dolls GOSHO NINGYO.” Published by Meiji-Shobo Publisher of Tokyo in 1935, the series was printed in celebration of “Children’s Day” on May 5th and sold in sets. This set is complete with all 24 designs, each tipped in its original presentation folder and in the original folio box, along with title pages in English. Each doll print is signed “Hasui” and sealed. Although prints of gosho ningyo (imperial palace dolls) form the majority of the set, other types of traditional Japanese dolls such as isho ningyo (costume doll), doro ningyo (clay doll) and karako ningyo (a doll dressed in Chinese clothing) are also included.

This charming doll series is a rare and curious item from a woodblock artist who was the foremost shin hanga (new print) landscape specialist of his day. Hasui’s gosho doll prints are seldom encountered individually, and intact complete sets rarely come to market. We will be happy to send images of each of the 24 prints upon request.

CONDITION is excellent, with good impressions and color. Several of the prints employ the use of metallic pigments and other deluxe printing techniques. There is very light foxing on only two of the prints, numbers 18 and 21. The spine of the folio box is worn in places.

DIMENSIONS: Each “squarish” print, including the printed background, is approximately 9 3/8” (23.8 cm) by 8 3/8” (21.3 cm) plus small margins. The folio box measures approximately 13 ¼” (33.7 cm) by 11” (28 cm).

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