Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Dutch Traders in Nagasaki
A Special 1938 Takamizawa Group - Founded in 1911, the Takamizawa Publisher of Tokyo has published some of the finest reprints of classic ukiyo-e designs. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the company produced reprints with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work and even wood grain detail. Published in 1938, this handsome reprint group features designs by master artists such as Utamaro, Kiyonaga, Eishi, Hokusai, Hiroshige, Sharaku, and others. Each features a Takamizawa publisher seal on the reverse. A great opportunity to acquire a high quality reprint of a famous Edo era subject.
Comments - Intriguing scene of early Dutch traders in Nagasaki. The elegantly dressed men are depicted sitting around a cloth-covered table enjoying a meal and wine, with several empty bottles scattered about the floor. The fellow at right leans forward to grab a woman who fondles him under the chin while holding her goblet up for a toast. A rather disgruntled-looking servant at right carries in a platter of food. A wonderful illustration of how the Japanese viewed foreigners.
Artist - Edo era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Page size 10" x 14 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. A couple tiny holes. Please see photos for details. Good overall.