Surimono are delux Japanese woodblock prints issued in very limited editions. Produced for special occasions, most surimono were commissioned by poetry clubs and inscribed in flowing calligraphy with whimisical, witty, or humorous poems composed by members. The images played off the poems, making clever use of parody, historical allusion, and ingenious rebuses. Surimono were collected by the Japanese and, from the nid-nimeteenth century, avidly sought by Westerners as well.
The collection reveals Wright as a connoisseur of the first rank, and this volume at last presents his rare and beautiful prints to the public in the delux format they deserve. This book was published in conjunction with an exhibition of Wright’s Surimono and other Japanese art objects mounted by the Phoenix Art Museum, and later displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The author, Joan Misviss is an expert on Japanese painting and prints, and Surimono in particular. She has written and lectured widely on the subject, and curated an exhibition of the finest prints of this genre in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Condition: Excellent, spine unbroken with original dust cover. Dimensions: 10-1/4” x 10-1/4” x 1-1/8”.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection