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Johann Friedrich Bottger, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Item Number: 804921

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 804921
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Johann Friedrich Bottger, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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.

Johann Friedrich Bottger, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Johann Friedrich Bottger, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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