WITH OVER 300 SILK WOVEN KIMONO FABRIC SAMPLES FROM JAPAN(COSTUME).
Japanese Fabric Samples
Collection of Japanese fabric samples. No place, circa 1890. Two volumes. Thick folio (10 by 15-1/2 inches) and thick octavo (8 by 9-1/2 inches), original full patterned silk over boards bound in Japanese accordion-style, gilt-patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in two blue cloth custom clamshell boxes. $8200.A wonderful collection, with 61 accordion-style leaves containing a total of 332 colorful woven silk kimono swatches from Japan, most with gilt thread.These volumes are bound in traditional Japanese accordion-style bindings, with a total of 61 thick leaves in the two volumes, each leaf with individually mounted, brightly colored fabric swatches, three to nine per leaf. Each swatch is bordered in gilt. The swatches themselves range in size from about 1 by 1-1/2 inches to 6 by 8-1/2 inches. Many swatches have traditional Japanese kimono design features such as cranes, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms leaves, dragons, chrysanthemums, lotus blossoms, and even a Dutch sailing vessel. Several samples also feature hand-embroidered designs. A few pencil notations.Original swatches brightly colored and in fine condition, several folds expertly repaired. Very good original cloth binding frayed and worn. A wonderful, unique collection of antique Japanese fabric samples.