[Tomkinson Collection]: ALBUM OF JAPANESE PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS. N.p., n.d. (19th century) 20 openings, each with sheet of paper with miniature paintings in colour. 23x29 cm. Accordion-style album. Silk and brocade. Wear to edges.
Silk and brocade-covered concertina album. Contains 20 sheets of paper, each 17.7 x 24 cm, pasted on heavy silver-speckled boards. On each sheet of paper is painted two or sometimes three miniature fine paintings of birds, insects or flowers in colour and within a thin black frame, in all a total of 50 paintings by an anonymous hand or hands. The first and last sheets with foxing (from very acid endpapers) and enclosed within a crude frame of brown paper tape. The remaining 18 sheets very clean with just the very seldom minor mark.
Laid-in loose is a paper with inscription:
'Early 19th Century Original Drawings//by Japanese Artists//of Flowers, Birds & Insects.//with 18th Century//embroidered Covers//From the Collection of//the Late Michael Tomkinson//Franche Hall//Kidderminster.
A later pen has added 'J.P.' after 'Tomkinson' and 'England' after 'Kidderminster'.
Bookplate of P. K. Sheldon on inside front cover.
On the front cover, at the bottom of the blank title label is a small round label. Printed on it is 'Tomkinson Collection' and the number 9 written in the centre.
See: Tomkinson, Michael: 'A Japanese Collection. Made by Michael Tomkinson'. London 1898. Volume 2 p.128. Under the heading 'Albums of Drawings (Oshiji) &c' Number 9 is described as '(Unknown) drawings of Flowers and Birds. 19th Century'.
Tomkinson was a famous late 19th century collector of Japanese art, his collection being published in the above work.
The album is accompanied by Volume 2 (only) of the Tomkinson Collection catalogue mentioned above.
A very pleasing object with good provenance from an early collection. A unique item.
Available, as of: 01/02/2019
Was item 605 in printed List 194.
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