22 Chinese gauffrage ( gonghua ) woodblock prints, believed to be from the 1952 Rongbaozhai / Zheng Zhenduo facsimile of Shizhuzhai jianpu (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 blind-stamped embossed design accents, all with printed marks at upper right side of all images. Subjects include Chinese porcelain, furniture and screens, scholar’s items, harmony symbols, landscapes, buildings, and flowering prunus designs. Each 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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