A Fine & Rare Japanese Original Watercolour Design for a Printed Fan. Meiji Period 1868-1912
Width 18 12/ ins. (47 cms) x ht. 9 1/4 ins. (23.5 cms) This unique large painting was done as a design for a printed fan produced by the firm of Toshio Inouye, 27 Bukkoji, Takakura, Kyoto and bears their stamp. As it was produced to be used in their workshop and become part of their archive there is some unavoidable surface soiling through handling and slight discolouration of the paper sizing to the left. Although not readily apparent in the photographs there is extensive use of gold pigment on the trees and foliage and on the fences adjacent to the waterfall (see last photo below). Note the charming small landscape near the left edge.
As is to be expected there is no indication of the artist's name. The painting is in good condition with no damage and no repairs. The designers of Kyoto were famous for their skill and inventiveness. It is to be regretted that so often their names were not recorded.