Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Lady Nii, No. 37
Series; Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared
Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared - Designed in 1886, Chikanobu's extraordinary "Eastern Brocade" series features a fantastic range of subjects, including brave warriors, eerie ghosts, timeless beauties, and famous figures from traditional tales of triumph and treachery. These beautiful images bring the history and legends of Japan to life with colorful characters and a wonderful attention to detail. Note the appealing compositions and fine printing in these Meiji era masterworks, many of which include deluxe treatments such as burnishing, embossing, or the addition of mica. These attractive designs are a nice choice to collect or display.
Lady Nii, No. 37 - Attractive scene of the Lady Nii, the daughter of governor of Iga Province, paying a visit to the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. Her mother and the courtier Hino Suketoshi accompanied her on the trip. One night during a moon viewing banquet, Suketoshi accidentally exchanged sake cups with the young woman, which led to an exchange of poetry between the pair. Here the courtier peeks shyly around the corner of a porch, watching the beautiful Lady Nii. She is dressed in formal court attire, with a delicately embossed white kimono tucked into red hakama pants, and a fine blue outer robe with circular floral motifs and a gold netted pattern. She holds a fan decorated with colorful trailing ribbons, and a blossoming cherry tree stands in the palace courtyard. The image above shows Suketoshi visiting Lady Nii's home in Iga Province during the winter.
I was excited to purchase this beautiful print in Japan recently as part of a fine, pristine Chikanobu collection sourced from a Japanese collector in the countryside. The prints are all beautifully printed, retain 100% of their original color, are not backed, and were stored in perfect condition. They’re a nice opportunity to collect flawless prints from this rarely seen Chikanobu series.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Nice large margins. Please see photos for details. Good overall.