Photo Album of 100 Okimono made by Yoshida Soju Unique, accordion-style folding album
[Japan] Highly likely a unique album made for or by Yoshida Soju to present his stunning ivory carvings of 100 okimono (Japanese decorative ornaments) depicting tradespeople of almost every conceivable type. The albumen photos are all affixed to pages (four to a page) and each photo contains two okimono with each numbered in pencil below. The quality of the photos is very good so the superb detail of the carvings can be seen. Yoshida exhibited at least one ivory carving at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Signed and dated in the rear presumably by Yoshida himself. He seems to have also made netsuke and other carved ivory items. Also contains a single folded page that lists almost all the designs in English. Some are marked with question marks so the writer was presumably unsure what some of the designs depicted. Photographer unknown.
No place. Yoshida Soju. 1894.
13 pages of photos (+ final patterned page and one single folded page inserted loosely). 15.4 x 22.4cm. Dated & signed inside front cover.
In very good condition with only minor wear. Pencilled translation in English of date and name.