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Daniel Crouch Rare Books

Daniel Crouch Rare Books: Kanagawa, at the Haughton Art and Antiques Fair
NEW YORK  •  The Park Avenue Armory,  •  Ongoing
Daniel Crouch Rare Books, leading specialist in rare maps and atlases, will be exhibiting an oustanding Japanese handscroll depicting Commodore Perry’s historic visit to Japan for the Convention of Kanagawa, at the Haughton Art and Antiques Fair 17-25 October 2012. Drawn up from eye-witness sketches by two artists acting as ‘retainers’ to a senior judge and Japanese signator, the scroll is a remarkable record of the immediate Japanese perspective and its considered execution in this lavish scroll.

Opening Japan to foreign trade for the first time in two centuries, the convention was a landmark in world history. Attributed to famed Japanese artists Hibata Osuke (樋端翁輔,1813-1870) and Takagawa Bunsen (高川文筌, 1818-?) the scroll was commissioned by  the head of the Matsushiro domain, Daimyo Sanada Yukinori (真田幸教 1836-1869) as a visual record of proceedings and depicts everything from American instruments to the monumental landing of Perry’s ships. It will be on sale for  $890,000.

Over a staggering 15 metres in length, the handscroll is painted in vivid watercolour, heightened with gold and silver and is the most accurate Japanese account of Perry’s visit. Lavish and extensive, it records with reverent detail both the significant events and the intriguing curiosities of the expedition reception. Official occasions, such as the arrival of Perry’s ships at Edo Bay, the entertainment for Perry and his officers and the funeral of an American crew-member, are supplemented by depictions of the American military drills, their musical instruments and roundel portraits of each official. Particularly charming are the illustrations showing a model railway presented by the Americans to the Japanese Shogunate alongside American marines inspecting two impressively rotund sumo wrestlers and the post-treaty dinner capturing the visitors ‘at ease’.  Every image is furnished with wonderful detail; individual expressions, eating habits and postures of American officers reveal the Japanese curiosity in their foreign visitors.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books is a specialist dealer in antique atlases, maps, plans, sea charts and voyages dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

Featuring some of the world's top dealers, The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show consistently attracts large crowds to enjoy and buy from a superb variety of items, including silver, sculpture, bronzes, furniture, carpets and textiles, jewellery, pictures, ceramics and glass. All works are for sale under the strictest vetting conditions. The fair runs from Friday 19 October, to Thursday 25 October, 11am to7.30pm (except Sunday and Thurday 11am – 6pm) at The Park Avenue Armory,

Park Avenue Armory

Contact: Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets
New York, NY

Tel: Tel: (1) 212 616 39 30

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