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Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Printed linen
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES last quarter of 19th century
DIMENSIONS 43 x 25 in. (109.2 x 63.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE Unsigned
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1995.52
CREDIT LINE Designated Purchase Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Textile, last quarter of 19th century. Printed linen, 43 x 25 in. (109.2 x 63.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1995.52. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.52_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1995.52_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Textile: printed linen (roller printed?). Design of rectangular and square reserves containing various oriental motifs --Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock portraits of a Kabuki actor and of a courtesan, an emblematic crane with spread wings, a song bird resting on a blossoming cherry branch and a pheasant on a tuft of earth - both reminiscent of traditional painting styles, a pattern of scrolling vines not unlike printed Indian textiles, a Chinese inspired scrolling cloud/dragon form, patterned birds mimicking Korean Kotyo celadon’s, among other orientally influenced patterns -- arranged grid-like upon a dark blue ground patterned with small, abstracted gold butterflies resembling knotted wire. Colors used within the reserves range from grisaille beige to white, pale blue, pinks, and dark olive. Able: gold and white, boldly patterned paper label remnant with calligraphic writing (Japanese?) adhered to the front, upper left hand corner. CONDITION - Fair. Fragment is intact but dirt and apparent watermarks give the textile a darker and grayer appearance as evidenced through the much lighter colors near the upper and left edges.
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 <em>Textile</em>, last quarter of 19th century. Printed linen, 43 x 25 in. (109.2 x 63.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1995.52. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.52_bw.jpg)