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Singing Monkey on a Bare Tree from the series Seihō's Masterpieces

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Singing Monkey on a Bare Tree

from the series Seihō's Masterpieces (set one)

(Seihō's ippin shū)

by Takeuchi Seihō, 1938


IHL Cat. #915

About This Print and the Series Seihō's Masterpieces

This print titled Singing Monkey on a Bare Tree was released on November 10, 1938 as part of the first of two sets of sixty-six prints titled Seihō'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 ninth 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 likely a woodblock print , although the printing method needs to be confirmed.

Colophon Envelope 9 Set One
Dated November 10, 1938
Date of issue reads Showa 13 (1938), 11th month, 10th day
Date of printing reads Showa 13 (1938), 11th month, 5th 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  #915
 Title Singing Monkey on a Bare Tree (枯木吟猿)
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 枯木吟猿 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 1)
 Artist
 Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942)
 Signature
Seihō saku
 Seal  unread seal as shown above
 Publication Date  November 10, 1938 - (as printed on colophon for envelope 9 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 and Image
 15 x 18 1/2 in. (38.1 x 47 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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