This is a striking and large mid-century wooden wall artwork featuring a red Japanese kimono (Red Rolu) engraved design upon a solid wooden base. The artwork is framed in a contrasting black painted wooden frame and topped with a contemporary brass hanging mount. It measures an impressive 50 inches high x 36 inches wide (approximately).
The wall art was purchased from Gimbels in New York and retains the original Gimbels label on the reverse which shows a price of $875. It is in remarkably good condition and displays very well.
Gimbel Brothers (known simply as Gimbels) was an American department store corporation that operated for a century, from 1887 until 1987. Gimbel patriarch Adam Gimbel opened his first store in Vincennes, Indiana, in 1842. In 1887, the company moved its operations to the Gimbel Brothers Department Store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It became a chain when it opened a second, larger store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1894, moving its headquarters there. At the urging of future company president Bernard Gimbel, grandson of the founder, the company expanded to New York City in 1910. As of 1930, Gimbels had grown to 20 stores, whose sales revenue made it the largest department store chain in the world. The company expanded to a peak of 53 stores by 1965, and closed in 1987 with 35 stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.
36ʺW × 2ʺD × 50ʺH
Good Condition, Original Condition Unaltered, Some Imperfections
This wall art is in remarkably good condition and displays very well. It has some expected marks, chips, scratches, etc., commensurate with age and normal use, and may have some past repairs, regardless it is structurally sound and displays very well. It has strong hanging wire on the reverse that likely was added later and which could be easily removed.