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Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)
Camellia blossoms, connected by a red thread to form a frame, with pine needles.
Series: Hana kurabe (A flower contest), vol. 6
Publisher: Haibara Shûgyokudô (Haibara Naojirô), Tokyo
Date: c. 1888
Size: Horizontal Chûban, 19 x 25,5 cm
Excellent impression and colours. Unbacked. A few tiny brown spots in bottom right margin, else excellent condition.
From an extensive series of altogether 120 prints, which were published in sets of 12 sheets each. Here a rarely seen, art nouveau style ornamental print from the sixth set.
The publishing house, a specialist for high-quality decorative paper material, published many woodblock prints and fan leaves by Zeshin and other Meiji period artists.
For this image, cf. Honolulu Museum of Art, No. 27600.09 and Brooklyn Museum of Art, No. 2007.32.94.