Highly unusual portrait of a Western lady in full Japanese traditional costume. 134cm x 62cm, signed.
Exceptionally sylish and elegant, this is a wonderful portrait. Dating to the Meiji period, when the country re-opened it's doors after centuries of isolation, the subject is likely the wife of a well heeled foriegn dignitary and definitely a very classy lady.
Beautifully executed by a master draftsman, the piece has a photo realistic sense that comes from the clarity and accuracy of the drawing. The painting uses the finest levels of detail on ornament and pattern while the face and hands are finished with graphic simplicity. This is the sensibility that would go on to inform the Art Nouveau style and influence a century of illustration in the west.
This will have been a scroll painting originally, looking at the lie of the creases across the surface. The frame has some age too, finished in high quality, thick Japanese lacquer. Someone has lavished a lot of love and money rescuing this painting.
The silk itself is dry, brittle and badly damaged but secured for posterity. With the high quality and well chosen frame this is a wonderful and highly decorative object in it's own right now.
Condition: multiple tears and repair to the silk, some marks. The frame has surface scratches and a couple of tiny bites. Please request more images to see full condition, we are limited to how much we can display on the listing.
UK mainland shipping is £75. Please contact for international shipping quote
19th Century Full length Japanese Portrait on Silk
We are happy to accept returned items if they arrive damaged or are not as described. No other reason will guarantee a refund. Please study images carefully, they count as part of the description. We are happy to supply additional information and images on request
All our items are listed with a UK Mainland delivery fee that is automatically added to your basket when checking out. This fee is applicable to the majority of England and Scotland.
All of Wales, England west of Bristol and Scotland north of Edinburgh are likely to incur a surcharge for shipping, as will Northern Ireland and any other UK island. If these locations apply to you, or you are from outside the UK, please contact us for a shipping quote prior to placing an order.
Anything with a shipping fee under £50 will be sent through a standard parcel courier so you can just place an order wherever you are on the UK mainland with no need to check for surcharges.
Anything with a shipping price of £50 or over will be sent with one of our selected and trusted couriers. To keep costs down, we use multi drop couriers who may only be in your area on a specific day. It is a one man, doorstep delivery. If you need help with getting larger items into your premises, or need an item shipping on a specific day or to a deadline, let us know. We can arrange a white glove service to meet your requirements.