Japanese Gallery

Japanese Gallery is an international online gallery that focuses on Japanese Art & Antiques. With locations in both London and Hiroshima, Japanese Gallery boasts a broad variety of artworks including ceramics, netsuke, ukiyoe, prints, and anime cels. Japanese Gallery also provides advisory and authentication services.

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Senkyuhyaku Sanjúnen no Kafé no Jokyú, A Café Waitress of 1930

Senkyuhyaku Sanjúnen no Kafe no Jokyú (A Cafe Waitress of 1930), is the newest in the series of Beauties of the 20th century, Hyakunen no Hana (Flowers of A Hundred Years). This design has took a six months to complete, and although the main colour scheme is an autumnal black and orange, it uses over 70 colours and shades, including bronze and silver metallic pigment, mica, embossing and 23.5 carat gold leaf, as well as many areas of detailed bokashi, or hand-shading, to give for example a softness to the background and the waves of the girl's hair. The cafe became an important cultural site in inter-war Japan, and as well as providing employment and thus independent income for women, it was a place frequented by the writers and thinkers of the Taisho and early Showa Periods. Waitresses became one of the main attractions of the many cafes which spread throughout Japan, and poetry, novels and popular songs were dedicated to them. This particular beauty is in 'profil perdu', turning slightly away from the viewer, so we can see she has not cut her hair but left it long, as many did, and styled it with deep Marcel Waves, a very popular style of the time. Her obi uses over 30 colours including bronze, silver and deep embossing, many of which appear no-where else in the print but only as a small detail in the obi. This obi and her kimono are based on authentic Japanese Art Deco designs, as are the silhouettes of the gramophone and chandeliers in the background, which come from an Imperial palace. The black kimono - printed with dense black baren sujizuri, or swirly line printing - features a unique translucent orange mica overlay of dots to add to the many oranges in the piece. Her hair comb is lacquered with a design of a gilded Mount Fuji amongst its foothills, derived from another Japanese Deco object in lacquer, anticipating the near-obsession artists and designers would have with this mountain during the nationalistic 1930s and the war years which followed. The current design is the same size as all the previous prints in the series, 47 x 33cm, 18.5 x 13 inches and is in an edition of 100 as usual. The series and print titles are embossed in the left margin and Binnie signature is embossed in the lower margin, as are geometric details on the obi, and it is signed and numbered in pencil as usual.Read more

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Japanese Gallery
66E Kensington Church Street
London W8 4BY
+44(0)20 7221 5777