Exceptionally Rare Complete Printing Block Set for Beauties in the Rain
From Kiyonaga's Current Manners in Eastern Brocade
Produced by Kyoto Hanga-in
This Complete Set - This is an extremely rare, complete set of carved blocks for a fine reprint of a classic ukiyo-e beauty print by Kiyonaga. The set comprises the complete seven cherry wood blocks and a single Kyoto Hanga-in print made from the blocks. All seven of the blocks are carved on both sides. One of the blocks is carved with images for two separate colors on one side of the block, and several show bokashi shading where one color transitions into another. A total of at least fifteen colors were used to produce this image. The key block features all the black lines in the print, and is carved with incredible precision and fine line work. Pigments remain on the blocks, including black, yellow, orange, green, blue, blue-violet, red, and grays. Paper remnants of the hanshita or preparatory drawing are still glued to some of the blocks. The colors were registered by aligning each print along an L-shaped kento mark on the lower left corner of each separate image.
This set of blocks is a fascinating, rare artifact from the recent past. Packed in the old papers as noted below, they have clearly sat on a shelf for nearly 40 years. Serious collectors often ask about block sets. They are almost never seen on the market. Once in awhile a single block from a broken set is sold for a high price. We have never seen a complete set - apparently still usable. A once in a lifetime opportunity for a serious collector to add a block set to a collection.
Kyoto Hanga-in - Founded in 1935, Kyoto Hanga-in produced high quality reprints of works by classic ukiyo-e artists like Hiroshige, Hokusai, Harunobu, Utamaro, and Sharaku, along with shin-hanga prints by artists such as Tsuchiya Koitsu, Bakufu Ohno, and Gihachiro Okuyama. The set arrived packed in newspapers dating from 1991, and the blocks have been unused and in storage since that time. The reprint includes the Kyoto Hanga-in publisher's mark in the left margin, along with the red circular personal seal of the owner, Kiyoomi Shinagawa. Printing blocks are rarely seen on the market, and even more rarely found as complete sets for a single image. These intricately carved blocks offer a wonderful look at the incredible skill and complexity involved in creating a Japanese woodblock print. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity!
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Publisher - Kyoto Hanga-in
Artist - Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)
Size - Print 14 3/4" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown; each block approximately 15 5/8" x 10 3/4" x 7/8"
Condition - Print: With excellent color and detail as shown. A few light creases at edges. Blocks: Worn, pigment remaining, some paper remnants from the hanshita (preparatory sketches glued to the blocks before carving). Writing on edge of blocks. Please see photos for details.