Mattia Jona, Master Drawings and Prints, Japanese Prints - Piazzetta Guastalla 5, 20122 Milan, Italy, tel (+39) 02 8053315

Paul Jacoulet, le tabouret de porcelaine


Colour woodblock print, limited edition, 1936; Miles 38. Signed in pencil Paul Jacoulet, red artist's seal Good Luck Hammer, stamps of the carver Maeda and of the printer Ogawa. Two editions according to Miles: 150 (fewer than 150 impressions), 350 (fewer than 200 impressions). This impression stamped on the verso N° 292. Very good colour, paper lightly toned, minor defects at margins. The full sheet measuring 450 x 355 mm.O
According to Miles this print combines silver powder, bronze powder, mica plus ground jade powder to create the first Manchurian print. This is the earliest and perhaps best of the elaborate and costly Mongolian and Manchurian prints that made for Jacoulet a lasting world-wide reputation as the most technically interesting woodblock artist of his century.

Paul Jacoulet’s family moved from their native France to Japan when Paul was around four years old and he was brought up in Tokyo. Jacoulet showed exceptional artistic talent even as an adolescent: he developed good skills for drawing, music and languages. At the age of eleven he began painting. After befriending a young boy from the island of Truk in 1929, Paul Jacoulet spent the next eight winters in the South Pacific. He took many of the subjects for his works from the South Sea, but also from travels to Korea or Manchuria and from Japan of course. Around 1931, Jacoulet began to work with Shizuya Fujikake learning the craft of woodblock printmaking.
In 1934, Jacoulet produced his first woodblock print. The technical requirements on craftsmanship for a print were so high that he could cooperate only with the very best engravers and printers. Jacoulet used all the known deluxe features like embossing, lacquers, micas or metal pigments and he experimented with new techniques like powdered semi-precious stones. For most of his life Paul Jacoulet was his own publisher, selling his prints not through shops, but by subscription, in limited edition. Paul Jacoulet continued to sell prints during the early war years, though his foreign clientèle were melting away. The war drove him from Tokyo to the mountain resort of Karuizawa where he lived for the rest of his life. He continued to produce prints up until the time of his death. See Richard Miles, The Prints of Paul Jacoulet: A Complete Illustrated Catalog, London, 1982.

price: 1.100,00 euros

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