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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, c. 1958

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 print uses a number of the artist's favorite objects -  lamps, jars, a clock, and geisha.  The Yokohama Museum of Art has a hand-colored version of this print shown below.

ランプと女
1958(昭和33)
木版、手彩色
Yokohama Museum of Art


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
 Artist
 Sumio Kawakami 川上澄生 (1895-1972)
 Signature
川上澄夫 artist's name is penciled on verso
 Seal
Sumi seal
 Publication Date  c. 1958
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher  self-published
 Carver self-carved
 Printer self-printed
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - slight wrinkling
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  
 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)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature
last revision:
6/2/2021
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