177 Chinese gauffrage ( gonghua ) woodblock prints, believed to be from the 1952 Rongbaozhai / Zheng Zhenduo facsimile of Shizhu zhai jian pu (Ten Bamboo Studio Letter Paper), an important 17th century publication of decorated letter papers by late Ming dynasty seal carver Hu Zhengyan (1584-1674). (Note: a complete version of this 1952 publication can be found in the collection of the British Museum). Ink and color on laid paper, many with hand colored and/or blind-stamped embossed design accents, with printed marks at upper right side of all images. All are loose, 2 are also matted. Subjects include Chinese porcelain, furniture and screens, scholar's items, harmony symbols, landscapes, buildings, and flowering prunus designs. Each approximately 10"H x 6/3/4"W. Condition: All with cut margins, probably taken from a book. Two prints have a couple of light margin stains, the rest in otherwise excellent condition.
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