Asian Arts
25 April 2017


A rare Japanese commemorative fan, depicting the first steam train line in Japan

circa 1872

An engraving on paper, with bamboo sticks and guards; illustrating the first Tokyo to Yokohama rail line, the bay beyond, along with the train schedule and fare information.

Collateral information: An image and discussion of the steam locomotive, along with a reproduction of a print by Hiroshige III, showing this train at the Tokyo terminus. (Copies available on request).

H 9 3/4 in., 24.8 cm. by L 17 1/2 in., 44.5 cm


Property from a private collection
Estimate $400-600

Sold for $455 (buyer's premium included)