Stock ID #157303
A collection of 43 original gouache designs for textiles very likely created during the Taishō or early Shōwa period (1910s-20s). The sizes vary with the largest of the sheets measuring around 75 x 35cm with a number though still large, somewhat smaller or of a slightly different shape. The smaller 25 sheets in the collection measure around 35 x 55cm. Handwritten characters on the reverse of one design reads "No 14 of 55", two others have small blue rubber stamps on the reverse which read "No 302" and "No 304" and another a stamp which reads "Kitamura" which may be the name of the company or the person who created the design. Some tears and chips at edges. Each sheet is loosely inserted in a protective mylar sleeve and the collection is presented in an conservation standard clamshell box. A scarce and most attractive collection of a working set of designs. A mixture of designs capturing the fusion of Japanese and Western influences in Japan in the pre-World War II period. The many attractive designs are neither quite Japanese nor Western but all are very striking and may have been a collection of designs for an autumn range. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157303).