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Popup Dolls from the series Seihō's Masterpieces

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Pop-up Dolls

from the series Seihō's Masterpieces (set two)

(Seihō's ippin shū)

by Takeuchi Seihō, 1940

IHL Cat. #919

About This Print and the Series Seihō's Masterpieces

This print titled Popup Dolls was released in January 1940 as part of the second of two sets of sixty-six prints titled Seihō's Masterpieces (aka Seihō's Masterworks), printed and issued by Unsōdō Publishing.  It is listed as print 4 (四) in set two's table of contents sheet.

This print, which is also in the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library, was issued as one of four prints in the first envelope of set two. 

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 traditionally printed woodblock print.

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  #919
 Title Popup Dolls (okiagari 起上刂)

To the left is the label attached to the rear of the sheet the print was originally tipped to.  It reads: 

Across the top: 不許複製 All rights reserved

Rightmost column: 竹内栖鳳先生筆 Takeuchi Seihō sensei hitsu with title of print 起上刂 to its left. 

Leftmost column: 芸艸堂 publisher's name Unsōdō, copyright restrictions and addresses of Unsōdō's offices in Kyoto and Tokyo.
 Series  Seihō's Masterpieces (栖鳳逸品集 Seihō's ippin shū) (set 2)
 Artist
 Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942)
 Signature
Seihō
 Seal  unread, as shown above
 Publication Date  January 1940
 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 backing/matting
 Genre  nihonga (also classed as e-hon, as the series prints exist as bound volumes)
 Format  non-standard
 H x W Paper and Image
 10 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (27.6 x 24.8 cm )
 Collections This Print  New York Public Library, Spencer Collection; Rijksmuseum RP-P-2005-615-20
 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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