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E. F. Bodley's "Japanese" pattern fills the plate surface with boldly scaled Asian objects...
E. F. Bodley's "Japanese" pattern fills the plate surface with boldly scaled Asian objects and motifs executed in unusual deep red/orange printing and filled out with enameling in similar tones. The result is monochrome compositions of a hue that must have stood out strikingly in the retailer's shops.
Here two screen fans, their handles bound by a fluttering ribbon, are shown against a realistic spray of flowering prunus. Each fan bears its own Japanese style design: birds soaring through clouds over the sketched suggestion of a mountain peak and two peacocks preening on a pine bow. Horizontal lines suggesting clouds distinguish the fan scenes from the blank field of the plate's ivory ground.
As with the entire "Japanese" pattern, images are drawn with a clear distinct line that compliments their assertive scale. A simple orange and gilt line defines the edge without adding the fussiness of a more elaborate border.
|Dimensions:||Diameter 9 in.|
One Japanese compositional trick frequently emulated by western designers was the inclusio...
One Japanese compositional trick frequently emulated by western designers was the inclusion of pictures within pictures. Stacking decorated screen fans cleverly fulfills this strategy giving us peacocks against swallows against prunus. The device also emphasizes the flat Asian perspective of the images adorning the two fans.
E.F. Bodley's "Japanese" pattern presents a series of what would have been termed "artistic" arrangements of Japanese elements. Seekers currently offers three variants, each executed in vibrant orange/red against a creamy ivory.