Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Original Japanese Woodblock Print Set
Natsu Matsuri Kabuki Paper Model Set, 1911
Paper Model Sets - Fuji Arts is pleased to offer a terrific group of complete and uncut paper model sets. These entertaining 19th century prints were designed to be cut apart and formed into three-dimensional models. An inset cartouche provides an example of the finished scene once assembled. Using the scene as a guide, the model builder could cut out the different components of the scene from the prints and create the model. Sets usually include a variety of figures, accessories, and background elements, brightly colored and nicely detailed, with subjects ranging from kabuki plays to famous samurai battles.
Not many complete sets survive. Collectors are lucky to own a single print from a model set - a complete paper model scene is an almost unprecedented opportunity. These are incredibly rare pieces and would make a terrific addition to any collection. Take advantage of this great opportunity before it passes you by - bid now!
Comments - Rare, complete and uncut four panel paper model set illustrating a scene from the popular play commonly known as "Natsu Matsuri" (Summer Festival), which tells the story of the otokodate Danshichi Kurobei. He gets into an argument with his father-in-law, Giheiji, and ends up murdering him before disappearing off into the bustle of the summer festival then going on. Here, the tattooed rogue strikes a pose with his sword in hand, having knocked the elderly man to the ground behind him while a bystander watches. The set includes a fenced courtyard with a well and bucket, and trees and shrubs, with the floats from the festival procession passing behind the fence, and a backdrop of a torii gate and temple buildings rising above the greenery on a distant hill. A great design with lively color and lots of detail.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - Each panel 13 5/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Three separate panels. Bright and clean. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is usual for paper model prints. Faint paperclip rust mark in top margin, a few light creases, faint toning. Please see photos for details.