Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Johann Friedrich Bottger, circa 1870
Series; Series; Lives of Great People of the Occident
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Yokohama-e - Yokohama-e are prints depicting foreigners in Yokohama after Japan was opened to trade with the West the 1850s. Previously, Japan had been closed to international trade with only a few strict exceptions, leading to curiosity among the Japanese about the new foreign arrivals and their strange clothing and customs. Many Yokohama-e designs featured people from the "Five Nations," the five countries that signed trade treaties with Japan in 1858: America, England, the Netherlands, Russia, and France. Others were fanciful depictions of foreign cities, often based on Western illustrations rather than direct observation. These prints proved popular, with hundreds of Yokohama-e published between 1859 and about 1880. These wonderful images provide a great look at this historic time period, using the traditional art form of Japanese woodblock prints to record a new subject.
Johann Friedrich Bottger, circa 1870 - Interesting portrait of the young German Johann Friedrich Bottger, initially an alchemist who during his experiments discovered a process for making "true" hard-paste porcelain, which previously had to be imported to Europe from China and Japan.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Stitching holes at side, thinning and losses at edges, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, creasing, and rubbing, stains. Please see photos for details.