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Notes (1st edition)
Publisher (this edition): Self Self Self
Date of this item: 1959 1959 1959
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Artist: Shima, Tamami (born 1937)
Series: Woodblock print
Title or Subject: Bell Tower
Signature or Seal: Pencil signed
Date or Circa: 91/100, 1960
Paper Size: 23 1/2 x 17 1/4 inches
Impression/Color/Condition: Good/Good/Good

Description: Tape margin verso, faint toning line in margins, some wear, otherwise good state
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Bidding is on a genuine Japanese woodblock print by Tamami Shima, titled "Bell Tower". Size is double oban, 17" by 24". The artist, a 1958 graduate of Women's College of Fine Arts in Tokyo, is noted for her particular skill with woodgrain to achieve effects. This fine piece has three types of woodgrain, a mottled effect in the plain foreground, a granular effect in the stone pavement, and a speckled effect in the clouds, showing breaks. Also of note is the use of the expressionist style caramel colored trees, which are, I believe hand applied and not part of the woodblock. The pigment on the trees is very heavy and shows brush marks.

This print is pencil signed in the lower margin and also in the print as "Tamami 59". It is not numbered. Overall condition is very good, light toning in the margins, two tiny specks of age spotting in the top margin. The print was framed, but shows no effect. The reverse has minor toning and a small piece of tape showing the title and artist.
A Fine Japanese Sosaku-hanga Woodblock Print by Shima Tamami Dated 1959.

This fine design of a stone path leading to a bell tower with bare trees in the foreground and a grey wooded hillside in the background, is no. 43 of a limited edition of 100. The design is entitled "Shooroo" in kanji at the lower left corner and the artists signature, similarly in pencil, on the right together with her red seal. Size; 24 x 17 3/8 ins. (61 x 44.2 cms). It is in excellent condition with no damage except for a small area of surface scuffing just below and to the right of the signature. The red trees are printed with red lacquer which gives an impasto effect with a slight rough texture.

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