Artist: Shima Tamami — 島 珠実
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Monday, 11 August 2008 Up for auction here is a great looking , small edition , colored woodblock print by well collected Japanese modern print maker Tamami Shima (1937-1999). The subject matter of this work is Still Life with bowl of Fruit. It is being sold unframed and the print is being held into a newer matte with some old brown tape with wax paper backing. This work measures by image size only 14 1/2 inches high by 9 3/4 inches across. The piece would appear to have full margins. The total paper size comes to 16 inches high by 11 inches across. The piece is signed by the artist in pencil in the lower right margin. The work is also numbered 55/100 in pencil in the lower left corner. The piece is titled in Japanese in the lower center in pencil and dated 1961. For condition the work has bright colors with no fading or toning of the paper. The paper is still a nice white color on the front and the back. There is no matte stain or burn from what we can see. The defects would be the tape along the edges holding the piece to the matte but that could be cut off and and the piece put in a new matte. There are no holes , no tears and no restorations.