This hikifuda advertising poster / handbill was recently added to our shop at www.hikifuda.com
Made in Japan in 1913 ("Taisho 2"), it shows a woman and girl outfitted in fancy kimonos and carrying items used to celebrate the Japanese New Year's holidays.
The rectangular portion on the upper left is a mini calendar that provides highlights for the upcoming year. The poster would have hung in the proprietor's shop and copies may have been given to important customers who could display the item in their homes.
The phone number of the shop was "56." Guess there weren't too many stores or people with phones back in 1913!
You can buy this item (unframed) here. To see the full range of Hikifuda, please visit Hikifuda.com.
Japanese Art Exhibition: Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York City
November 18, 2012 — February 25, 2013
From the MOMA website:
From the mid-1950s through the 1960s, Tokyo transformed itself from the capital of a war-torn nation into an international center for arts, culture, and commerce, becoming home to some of the most important art being made at the time. . .
"From the mid-1950s through the 1960s, Tokyo transformed itself from the capital of a war-torn nation into an international center for arts, culture, and commerce, becoming home to some of the most important art being made at the time. . ."
As it turns out, this exhibition coincides perfectly with the launch of our newest online store, Japanese Prints Plus (www.japaneseprintsplus.com). And it just so happens that JPP is carrying a number of original woodblock prints, lithographs, serigraphs, etchings and engravings by Japanese artists who were active during the period MOMA is celebrating.
While JPP is less focused on the avant-garde, quite a few of the print artists who were pushing the envelope in 1950's and 60's also created extremely accessible and highly tasteful pieces with a timeless quality--and these are the kinds of items you'll find in our store.
Go to www.japaneseprintsplus.com and take a look at the works by Ay-O, Haku Maki, Tokio Miyashita, Shiro Takagi, Fumio Fujita, Shinzaburo Takeda,Yoshisuke Funasaka, Hideo Hagiwara, Shoji Harikae, Masahito Katayama, Morikazu Maeda, Seijo Makino, and Shosuke Osawa.
Here's how some of our antique Japanese advertising posters (hikifuda) might look framed*. These woodblock and lithograph prints from the late 1800's / early 1900's (a.k.a. the "Meiji Era") run the gamut condition-wise, from pristine to fair. But once they're matted and framed, they all look fabulous. Take a peek at our full lineup at Hikifuda.com.
* Note: Hikifuda.com does not offer matting and framing services at this time (we specialize in selling just the prints). Please consult with your local framing expert to determine the best way to frame the prints you purchase from us.