PAUL JACOULET (Paris 1902 - Tokyo 1960) LE MANDARIN AUX LUNETTES. MANDCHOUKUO
Colour woodblock print, limited edition, 1950; Miles 106. Signed in pencil Paul Jacoulet, red artist's seal Mandarin Duck, stamps of the carver Maeda and of the printer Ogawa. Four editions according to Miles: 150 (fewer than 90 impressions), 250 (fewer than 40 impressions), 350 (fewer than 100 impressions), 500 (fewer than 20 impressions). This impression, from first edition, stamped on the verso 25/150. Printed with silver, gold and bronze mica. Pearl powder mica on glasses. Superb colour, fresh and unfaded; paper lightly toned on the verso, generally in very good condition. The full sheet measuring 475 x 364 mm. The print is exemplary for its technical sophistication. As Miles wrote: This print was prepared in the mid-thirties, a few rare proofs exist. Too expensive to print, the blocks waited until 1950……….The Mandarine's sleeve is printed in three shades of grey with urushi stripes, and silver metallics. Note the mica of the lenses, made by using crushed pink pearls. During this period Jacoulet was reaching the peak of his financial life, with increasing numbers of subscribers. He poured much of his profit into increasingly costly material. The impression presented here, never exposed to the light, allows to fully appreciate the ultimate richness of the print.