Mid 20th century. Stock ID #158153
Accordion album with 25 ink and watercolour paintings of flower arrangements in the style of the Gosho Mishōryū School presented in an accordion album measuring 29 x 9cm. Some light foxing but generally very good. Paper title label on upper cover reads "Gosho Mishōryū 御所未生流"
This item is an album containing 25 colourful hand-drawn illustrations of flower arrangements in the style of the Gosho Mishōryū School. The title written on the label on the front cover says "Gosho Mishōryū 御所未生流". Mishōryū 未生流 was a school of flower arranging founded in Osaka in 1807 by Mishōsai Ippo 未生斎一甫 (1761-1824) and his disciple, Mishōsai Kōho 未生斎廣甫 (1791-1861). Since this time there have been many flower arrangement schools with the suffix Mishōryū, which derived from this school. Gosho Mishōryū whose style the arrangements in this album are in is most probably Saga Goryū 嵯峨御流 [Saga Imperial School]. The Saga Imperial School was believed to have been founded by Emperor Saga (786-842) and promoted by Mishōsai Kōho in the late Edo period.
Each illustration in this album is accompanied by names of flowers used, such as chrysanthemum, dianthus, and carnation. Many of the images show the characteristic use of the isosceles right angle triangle which the Mishōryū school took as an ideal form. On the first page of the album a waka poem has been written by Seishi 清師 and a prior owners name "Tomoda Machiko 友田待子" on the inside cover. Seishi was probably a flower arrangement teacher and the artist of this album and Machida was probably his student and the owner of this album. On the final page of the album the has been written: "Gosho Mishōryū Kamusho 御所未生流 花務所 [Flower Arrangement Office]". (When referring to this item please quote stockid 158153).