Gekkô - Fanfold album with 10 triptychsGekkô - Fanfold album with 10 triptychs
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Gekkô - Fanfold album with 10 triptychsGekkô - Fanfold album with 10 triptychs
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Gekkô - Fanfold album with 10 triptychsGekkô - Fanfold album with 10 triptychs
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Gekkô - Fanfold album with 10 triptychsGekkô - Fanfold album with 10 triptychs
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Ogata Gekkô (1859-1920)

Leporello album with 10 triptychs showing beautiful women of the Meiji period visiting famous picturesque landscapes and places in different seasons.

Series: (Hana) Bijin meisho awase (Beauties and Flowers at Famous Places)

With the following triptychs:

1. Two ladies with umbrellas are passing a snow-covered garden with a little shrine.
Title: Kameido Garyûbai (o. Furyûbai) (The Sleeping Dragon Plum Tree at Kameido) (Fig.)

2. Ladies and children are playing blind man's bluff in the park of a temple during cherry blossom time.
Title: Azumadai no sakurabana (o. Higashi-dai no ôka) (Cherry-blossom at Azumadai or Higashi-dai)

3. Ladies and children at a bridge during the  wisteria festival.
Title: Kameido no Fuji (The Wisteria at Kameido)

4. Ladies at a pond with blooming iris flowers.
Title: Horikiri no shôbu (Iris at Horikiri)

5. Two ladies with a fisherman in a boat
Title: Tonegawa Koiryô (Fishing Koi on the River Tonegawa)

6. Two ladies with a child in a temple garden.
Kameido Ryûganji no hagi (Bush clover at Ryuganji Temple in Kameido) (Fig.)

7. Lady and children are admiring autumn flowers.
Title: Sumidagawa Hyakka-en nanagusa (The Seven Autumn Flowers at the Hyakka-en Garden near the Sumida River)

8. An old lady on a walk along a channel with a young companion.
Title: Sekiguchi Bashô-an (The Hermitage of the Poet Basho at Sekiguchi)

9. Two ladies and a child are watching Chrysanthemum flowers.
Title: Dango-zaka no kiku (The Chrysanthemums at Dango Hill)

10. Ladies on a panorama terrace at a river are making an autumn picnic.
Title: Takinogawa no kôyô (Leaves turning red at Takinogawa) (Fig.)

Last page with the colophon of the publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Fig.)

Signature: Gekkô, with varying seals
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
Date: Tokyo, 1895-1898
Size: 10 Oban triptychs, each 35,5 x 70,5 cm

All triptychs in excellent condition, perfect fresh colours and impression, partly printed with metal pigments, glossy overprint and with relief printing, snow flakes made with sprayed on gofun white. Without margins, originally put together in a contemporary album mounting. Strong front and back cover, covered with a green-gold silk-damask brocade fabric, with a decorative title label which is left blank. Inside front and back covers with decorative end-papers.  Also the wrapper is still existing.

The whole album in excellent condition. The complete series of the 'Bijin meisho awase' contains 12 triptychs. We assume, due to the printing history and the content of the album, that our album was compiled and sold already before the series was completed.

These woodblock prints belong to the best works of art Ogata Gekkô ever made. For single triptychs compare: Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum, Edo-Tokyo-Museum.

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