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A Framed Japanese Embroidery Textile Art from Meiji Period

Origin Japan
Period 1900-1919
Materials silk and wood glass frame
Dimensions
W. 26.25 in; H. 36.75 in; D. 1 in;
W. 66.68 cm; H. 93.35 cm; D. 2.54 cm;
Condition Good. Framed, some minor loose of background threads visible by the elder figure, likely some even sun fading due to the age.
Creation Date 1890-1910s
Description A piece of exquisite textile art from Japan, circa 1890-1910s of the Meiji Era. The textile panel depicts a group of six characters sitting under a tent, clearly engaging in an conversation. Among them, an elder man seems to be chaperoning a young maiden while a man who bears a long bow and a barrel of arrows is paying a visit. A monk and another man dressed in a black robe form the circle with their face turning away from the viewers. The last character, likely a court official, appears prone downward in front of the waves that symbolizes a river. This scene is likely from one of the Japanese classic tales such as The Tale of Genji although the exact remains unidentified. The embroidery work makes up the entire work and it is absolutely astounding. A wide range of materials and techniques were employed to make this piece such as the Satin, Flat and Twisted silks on the foundation layers. Note that the general design clearly employed a western pictorial view so to arrange the figures in a realistic spacial perception. The creative use of tassels on the edge of the tent further adds a sense of three dimension to the vision.
This kinds of textile were at their artistic pinnacle during the mid-late Meiji period. They were mostly made for exporting to the West, following the success of the Japanese participation in the World Fairs in the late 19th century, when Japonisme took Europe by the storm. The back of the frame retains an old label of the fine art frame maker Rowley at their original Church Street address in Kensington, London. Rowley Gallery established in 1898, and moved to church Street around by 1912 and remained there until it was bombed in 1941.
Styles / Movements Asian, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 293819
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