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Camellia from the series Seihō's Masterpieces


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print


from the series Seihō's Masterpieces (set one)

(Seihō's ippin shū)

by Takeuchi Seihō, 1938

Fresh Fish (mackerel) from the series Seihō's Masterpieces

IHL Cat. #2153

About This Print and the Series Seihō's Masterpieces

This print titled Camelliawas released on February 29, 1938 as part of the first of two sets of sixty-six prints titled Seiho's Masterpieces (a.k.a. Seihō's Masterworks), printed and issued by Unsōdō Publishing.  

This print, which is also in the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library, was issued as one of three prints in the fifth envelope of set one.  The colophon, shown below, pasted to the envelope, gives the dates of printing and issue, the titles of the prints, copyright information, and information about the publisher.

A combination of print processes (see further discussion see the article "Takeuchi Seihō: Seihō's Masterpieces.") were used for this series and this particular print is a woodblock print.

Colophon Envelope 5 Set One
Dated February 20, 1938
Date of issue reads Showa 13 (1938), 2nd month, 20th day
Date of printing reads Showa 13 (1938), 2nd month, 15th day
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The Series "Seihō's Masterpieces"

For images of all sixty-six prints and a description of the series, please go to the article "Takeuchi Seihō: Seihō's Masterpieces." 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2153
 TitleCamellia (椿 tsubaki)
 Series Seihō's Masterpieces (栖鳳逸品集 Seihō's ippin shū) (set 1)
 Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942)
栖鳳 Seihō
 Seal 栖鳳 Seihō, as shown above
 Publication Date February 20, 1938 - (as printed on colophon for envelope 5 containing the print)
 Edition original and only edition
 Publisher Unsōdō Publishing
 Printer Shinmi Saburō 新味 三朗
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Miscellaneous removed from its original heavy paper presentation mat
 Genre nihonga (also classed as e-hon, as the series prints exist as bound volumes)
 Format non-standard
 H x W Paper
 15 1/8 x 18 1/2 in. (38.4 x 47 cm )
 H x W Image 13 1/8 x 12 3/4 in. (33.3 x 32.4 cm) measurement includes signature and seal
 Collections This Print New York Public Library, Spencer Collection; Rijksmuseum RP-P-2005-615-17
 Reference Literature The Artist and the Book in Japan, Roger S. Keyes, The University of Washington Press with New York Public Library, December 2006, p. 252-253; The Art of the Japanese Book, 2 vols., Jack Hillier, Sotheby's Publications, 1987, p. 992-993.
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