Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
A Clearance Opportunity! Meiji or Edo era Original
Thousands of prints sell every year in the Fuji Arts clearance. Savvy shoppers enjoy buying both originals and old reprints at just $29.99. And who wouldn't? It's fun to shop, the cost is low, and before you know it, exciting new prints show up at your doorstep.
If you're new to Fuji Arts clearance, here is the best tip we can give you: Check often, because the best prints move lightning fast!
Japanese Advertising Prints - Known as hikifuda, advertising handbills or circulars became popular in Japan beginning in the Edo era. Colorful, decorative designs with were printed with large blank areas for the merchant to add his store name and other information. While some featured specific products, most depicted beauties or Japan's famous Seven Lucky Gods and other auspicious imagery. Posters called ebira were pasted up at crossroads or in other busy locations. Ebira were also distributed to announce shop openings or as New Year's greetings. Favorite subjects for holiday ebira included the gods Daikoku and Ebisu with gold coins to ensure good fortune in the coming year. The Meiji era advertising prints in this group come from a publisher's sample book, with binding holes at one side, and appear to be an early form of automated color print, perhaps silk screen or lithograph. An intriguing area of collecting, Japanese advertising prints are fun and unusual items to collect.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Oban, approximately 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" (not measured individually)
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Staining throughout. Backed with print. Please see photos for details.
- Prints that have moved through our auctions and are ready to go below cost.
- Prints that are overstocked.
- Prints with condition issues.
Prints are identified as original or reprint, and artist information is offered when known. We include excellent photos of each print, as well as a brief condition report.
While you're shopping, keep in mind that some condition issues could simply be framed out, some could be easily repaired, and others just allow you to enjoy owning a 19th century original at a bargain price. Of course, many prints are in excellent condition, just needing to be cleared out.
So, check out all the clearance offers and find prints that suit your taste.
Enjoy the Clearance treasure hunt!