Josiah Conder - The Floral Art of Japan, 1899

Josiah Conder (Brixton, England, 1852 - 1920, Tokyo)

The Floral Art of Japan, 1899

Printed ink on paper; fourteen colored woodblock prints, 36.2 x 27.62 x 2.54 cm (14 1/4 x 10 7/8 x 1 in.) closed


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  • Josiah Conder (Brixton, England, 1852 - 1920, Tokyo) - author
  • Kelly & Walsh (active Hong Kong, 1876 - 1930s) - publisher
  • Shiuyei Sha (active Tokyo, late 19th century) - printer
  • Ogata Gekko (1859 - 1920, Tokyo) - illustrator



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Binding Description

green cloth


1 vol., xi [1] 142 p., illus., folio


Gift from the actress, singer and poet Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood, 1871-1961) to Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1900.


Inscribed in ink (frontispiece): Mrs. Gardner / with love / Gretchen Warren


Christina Nielsen (ed.). Sargent on Location: Gardner's First Artist-in-Residence. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2018), p. 59 no. 14.

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This book was the first to introduce the Japanese art of ikebana, flower arrangement, to an English-speaking audience and is richly illustrated with colored woodcuts of gardens and interiors by the Japanese artist Ogata Gekko. Gretchen Osgood Warren had this copy shipped from Japan to Boston, a journey that took a year. One plate showing the village of Somei recalls Isabella’s annual display of autumnal chrysanthemums in the museum’s courtyard—a tradition we continue today.


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