Paul Jacoulet


"L'Etoille De Cobi. Mongole" 1951

Woodcut in colors with silver and bronze highlights on handmade mulberry paper, watermark artist's initials
Edition: 119/350
Signed in pencil above the artist's red ink owl stamp in the image at the lower left: Paul Jacoulet; the title printed in the lower margin, at right; stamp-numbered 119/350 in red ink on the verso of the lower right margin corner; with the black ink stamps of both the carver, Kentaro Maeda, and the printer, Tetsunosuke Honda, in the lower portion of the right margin
Image: 15.5" H x 11.875" W; Sheet: 18.5" H x 14.25" W

  • Literature: Miles 73
  • Notes: According to Richard Miles, "...Jacoulet's numbering system was eccentric at best....Existence of an edition does not mean that the edition was printed in full, and in most cases many fewer were pulled. It was Jacoulet's practice to print only what he expected to sell, or had already sold, to subscribers....In addition, he tried not to duplicate numbers, and largely succeeded. Therefore, [in a hypothetical example], although a print stamped 290/350 is known to exist, there are fewer than 100 actual impressions with the edition of 350 stamp, because 200 of the earlier numbers were used up in the edition of 150 and 250. Even the edition of 150, of which number 150/150 is known, may have existed in fewer impression, because Jacoulet started printing some editions of 250 before completing the first printing....It goes without saying that many of the pre-war prints that did not leave Japan prior to 1941 are no longer in existence, and in many cases the delicate vegetable pigments have faded."

    Miles states, "One of the most popular of all of Jacoulet's work, this beautiful Mongol Princess was the last print to sell out its entire edition during the artist's lifetime."
  • Condition: Overall good condition. The colors fresh and the sheet with full margins and deckled edges. Very pale mat staining and soiling showing in the margins. Flattened folds in the upper, lower, and left margins. A remnant of brown tape is affixed to the verso of the upper sheet edge. The usual rectangular notch out of the lower right margin corner for the alignment of the various colored blocks. Hinged to the back mat in two places from the verso of the upper margin corners.

    Framed under Plexiglas: 21" H x 17" W x 1.5" D

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