Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Villa of a Wealthy Family, 1889
Comments - Beautiful design of a young woman playing an unusual two-stringed instrument similar to a koto called a nigenkin. This rare instrument is only found in the Asakusa area of Tokyo, and became popular in the early Meiji era. The beauty kneels on the floor, gracefully moving a slide along the strings. In the center, a young child reaches eagerly for the visitor standing on a stepping stone in the garden. She holds her hands out in welcome as she waits under a blossoming cherry tree. A beautiful setting both inside and out, with a scroll on the wall depicting a carp and an elegant vase with an arrangement of blossoming magnolia branches. Beautifully detailed and colored. An intriguing subject for a collector interested in musical instruments.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/4" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Faint horizontal line where backing papers meet. Vertical folds. Slight separation at end of fold, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.