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Japanese Woodblock Triptych Print, 1874, published by Masadaya Heikichi

SIZE IN INCHES: joined oban triptych: 27.5 x 14 inches overall

COMMENTS: Technological innovation and te interiors of Western naval vessels continued to interest the artists of the Yokohama prints even after Japan established its Navy Ministry in 1872. Unsen, an artist who specialized in depicting Western ships, portrayed in this triptych the interior rooms of a new battleship from Germany. Prussia and the North German Confederation had negotiated a commercial treaty with Japan in 1861, and the first Prussian consulate in Japan was established the following year. The battleship hull nearly fills the picture, so that only a portion of the rigging can be discerned. The. deck teems with activity, including men working in the ropes. Below the deck, living quarters (those for officers to the right, and those for men of lower rank to the left and below) and rooms housing guns, ammunition, ropes, anchors, horses and provisions, are labeled with captions.
VG, with flaws as shown
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Unsen: Interior Works of a German Warship 1874

Estimate $3,000 - $4,000Feb 29, 2020
Starting Price $250
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