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Subject:2 Prints to Identify
Posted By: Barbara Thu, Jan 05, 2023 IP:

I have 2 prints that I believe to be woodblock prints which were given to me by a friend after her visit to Japan in the late 1970's. I am looking to translate any artist identification or date or really anything about these prints. The first one is on thin paper. The second (black patterned) is on a thicker, highly textured, almost wallpaperish-feeling paper.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Subject:Re: 2 Prints to Identify
Posted By: I.Nagy Tue, Jan 10, 2023

I think these are test prints of textile patterns on Japanese washi papers.
Markings on the fringes,
小 百十七番 
小 Ko under a "yamairi" logo mark
(Stands for Kobayashi Company)
No. 117

小紋 "Komon" Fine-pattern
版権所有第百参拾四番 Copyright reserved No. 134
小 Ko under "yamairi" logo mark
小林 Kobayashi

In all probability dating back to the 70`s.

With regards,

Subject:Re: 2 Prints to Identify
Posted By: Barbara Tue, Jan 10, 2023

Thank you so much for this information and for translating the characters. It makes so much sense, as the the designs are patterned for repetition. And thinking back about the person who gave me the prints, this is exactly what she would have been interested in on her trip to Japan so many years ago! | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |