Senshoku taikan [Textile Pattern Designs]

Senshoku taikan [Textile Pattern Designs]
Price :  £1,500.00

Edited by Tsujimatsu Takashi.

Japan. [1914]. First edition. Four single-sheet, concertina-folding volumes with boards covered in a design of three different papers, with a silver printed pattern and title label to each. Housed in a wrap-around cloth-bound case with toggle ties, possibly later with the original title label laid-down on front board. 80 double-page spreads printed with colour pochoir designs for textile dying patterns, some heightened with gold and silver. Some spreads have only one design, others have mutilple designs. 255 x 190mm (10 x 7"). 1.7kg. . Japanese. Near fine; slightest rubbing to fore-corners of boards of each volume, light foxing along some fore-edges, not affecting the plates; title label on case lightly rubbed with a couple of abrasions; the plates in very fresh and bright condition.

A beautiful example of early 20th-century pochoir stencil printing. The four volumes of Senshoku taikan hold a large array of stunning patterns intended as inspiration for textile designs. The patterns have a typical Japanese style and the motifs include birds, chrysanthemums, dragons, bamboo, fans, foliage, butterflies and abstract ornament. The designs would act as inspiration for patterns on kimonos and other forms of traditional Japanese dress and textiles.