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Lamps, jars, clock and geisha

Thistle from the book Nihon no Hana

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Lamps, jars, clock and geisha

by Kawakami Sumio, undated (c. 1950s-1960s)

Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972)

IHL Cat. #959

About This Print

A collector of old foreign language books, Kawakami loved depicting the objects he found in them.  This untitled and undated print uses a number of the artist's favorite objects -  lamps, jars, a clock, and geisha.  In addition to numerous prints depicting these objects, Kawakami devoted an entire book to the lamp (ranpu ランプ) as can be seen in the below images. 

Lamp by Kawakami Sumio (ランプ 川上澄生)

Curious Imports (舶載珍貨), 1960
Lamps and Pot
Lamps and Pot (洋燈とつぼ), 1955
Two clocks (二つの時計), 1970

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #959
 Title  untitled (Lamps, jars, clock, geisha)
 Series  n/a
 Sumio Kawakami 川上澄生 (1895-1972)
川上澄夫 artist's name is penciled on verso
Sumi seal
 Publication Date not dated (likely c. 1950s-1960s)
 Edition unknown
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - slight wrinkling
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper  11 x 7 3/4 in. (27.9 x 19.7 cm)
 H x W Image  4 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (12.1 x 27.3 cm)
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