Rare early C19th century Japanese Bonseki watercolour designs.
Fukuro toji binding (stitched), Ōbon (large size), with pasted title at top left of the cover, 34pp, 10 colour watercolours, 22 ink drawings and 2pp blank.
Bonseki like its counterpart Bonsai is the ancient Japanese art of creating miniature landscapes on trays.
'Bonseki is a realistic expression of natural landscape scenery that approaches idealism', Chubachi Yoshiaki
Bon means tray and in Bonseki a black lacquer tray is used on which white sand, pebbles, and small rocks are delicately placed to create landscapes. Small tools are used, such as feathers, small flax brooms, sifters, spoons and wood wedges. The trays are either oval or rectangular, measuring about 60 by 35 centimeters in size.