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Japanese Woodblock Print by Hiroshige "New Year's Eve Foxfire's At the Changing Tree, Oji"

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Rare Japanese Woodblock Print by Yoshitoshi "The Lucky Tea Kettle"

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by Mark Ford, CEO

I just want to take this time to thank all of our consignors and clients. It has been wonderful getting to know so many of you and learning about your business, collections and passions.

When the collections arrive at Julia's it is almost like watching the kids on Christmas morning. Typically the FEDEX driver drops off the package at the receiving dock and Tom will open it up and inspect it. Soon afterward, Jim meanders back into the receiving area to check out what just came in. If it is glass or lamps, Julie or Mike are soon there to take a look.

Article Image When Wes or John start to unpack the latest firearm delivery, Fred or I are down there to check out what just came through the door. JR and Malcolm are there to share their opinion and insight into each one and help make us a bit wiser.

One thing that I frequently hear during our auctions is that a Julia's auction is like... Read more.

What's It Worth

Important Korean 10-Panel Folding Longevity Screen. Sold for $603,750

If you have a single item, collection or entire Estate and want to know "What's it worth?" please take a picture and email us at antiques@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for rare & valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

The Making of a Woodblock Print
The Japanese Woodblock Print is an art form, which highlights flowing, curved outlines, simplistic forms as well as the detailing of flat areas containing color. This form of art has not only existed for a long time in Asian history, but it has also deeply impacted artists in both Europe and North America throughout the 19th century.

Woodblock printing was first used in Japan in the 8th century to print religious texts. Buddhists traveling from China brought these texts, as well as the printing method itself, to Japan. These first prints were made in a single color using only Sumi ink. The world would have to wait nearly 900 years for the first colored prints to appear. Early color prints were made using a single block and black ink. The colors were hand painted by workers in the print shops. It was only when the popularity of these prints exceeded the production capacity of the workshops that the

true woodblock print evolved.

To meet the rising demand, the printers employed master carvers to make individual blocks for each of the colors in the print. Many of the finer woodblock prints contained 15 or more colors, requiring 15 different expertly carved wooden print blocks. Each of these blocks had to be carved with great precision to ensure that the colored sections met perfectly. Earliest among these images were private calendars that were printed without first by Suzuku Hornbook (1725-1770), and later with other various artists. One of the most famous of Suzuku Hornbook's print was the image "The Køya Jewel River".

Beginning in the mid-1760s, the newly discovered color prints... Read more.

Yoshitoshi Woodblock Print "Yamanaka - Before a Duel"

At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.

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