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Timepiece and Lamp

Thistle from the book Nihon no Hana

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Timepiece and Lamp

by Kawakami Sumio, 1971

Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972)

IHL Cat. #1299

About This Print

This print was commissioned from the artist by Hotta Watchmakers (Hotta Corporation) to commemorate the 95th anniversary of their watch shop.  The print was published in collaboration with the Kokugakai [National Picture Association].  This print, carved and printed by Kawakami, was printed on paper made by Ichibei Iwano VIII, a Living National Treasure (Preserver of Important Intangible Cultural Properties) of Japan.

Ryohei Hotta (1913-1989), ex-president of the corporation, was a collector of timepiece ephemera who donated his collection, the "Hotta Collection" to the National Diet Library  in 1987.  Included in the collection is a privately printed 1971 catalog of colored woodblock prints on watches and calendars titled Tokei to koyomi no nishikie mokuroku.1

colophon accompanying print
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Transcription [translation, partial]:
国画会会員 [Kokugakai (National Picture Association)]
川上澄生画伯自画自刻 [drawn by Kawakami Sumio, self-printed self-carved] 
時計とランプ Tokei to ranpu [Timepiece and lamp] 
この版画は, 私共東京店社新屋竣工 
を記念して, 版画界の元老でり棟方 
摺師は, 東京芸術大学講師内川又四 
郎氏の手摺になろもの, 用紙は, 福井 
昭和四十六年三月吉日 [Showa 46th year 3rd month lucky day]
株式会社 堀田時計店 [Hotta Watch Store, Corporation]
川上先生の略歴 [Brief biography  of Kawakami Sensei]
(remainder of biography not transcribed)

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1299
 Title Timepiece and Lamp [時計とラシプ Tokei to ranpu]
 Series n/a
 Sumio Kawakami 川上澄生 (1895-1972)
 not signed
Sumi seal
 Publication Date
1971 [stamp appearing verso]
 Publisher Hotta Watchmakers 堀田時計店
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - multiple spots of foxing
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 10 11/16 x 8 3/8 in. (27.1 x 21.3 cm)
 H x W Image 9 1/2 x 5 9/16 in. (24.1 x 14.1 cm)
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