Comments - Interesting portrait of a courtesan and her two kamuro or child apprentices. She wears a black kimono with an embossed diamond pattern and rendered with shiny black pigment, an effect that gave prints from this time period the name of urushi-e or "lacquer picture." The girls wearing matching robes decorated with birds in flight and bamboo. A handsome design from the early years of hand-colored woodblock prints.
A Rare, Early 20th Century Series - This beautiful series of reprinted masterwork designs was published by the boutique Tokyo publisher Daiichi Shobo in 1929 (Showa 4). The series was titled, "A Collection of Famous Ukiyo-e Prints." The set was a small release, and prints from the series are rarely seen in the market. Note the beautiful printing, fine detail, and the colors that carefully replicate the originals. An early hand made paper was used for printing the series. The prints were sold with identification information from the publisher and are sealed with the red seal of Daiichi Shobo. See the photos below for the publisher’s labels and an example of a red seal.
Artist - Edo era artist (unsigned) Image Size - 12 3/4" x 6 1/8" Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners from previous mounting. Toning. Please see photos for details. Good overall.