Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Cherry Blossom Viewing
Series; Chiyoda Inner Palace (Chiyoda no Ooku)
Chiyoda Inner Palace - First published from 1895 - 1897, Chikanobu's "Chiyoda Inner Palace" (Chiyoda no Ooku) series depicts the lives of women in Edo Castle prior to the Meiji Restoration, when it was home to the shogun and his court. Edo Castle was also known as Chiyoda Castle, and the series includes 40 triptychs. The Inner Palace area housed the shogun's wife and unmarried daughters, his male heir, and many ladies-in-waiting and servants. These lovely triptychs illustrate seasonal activities both inside and outside of the women's private quarters, and a variety of ceremonies, rituals, and pastimes. The beauties are elegantly attired as they go about their daily lives, with wonderful attention and detail given to their sumptuous kimono and obi fabrics. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such as burnishing, embossing, and mica or metallic pigment. Chikanobu's lovely "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series beautifully captures the world of upper-class women in mid-nineteenth century Japan.
Cherry Blossom Viewing - Wonderful triptych of court ladies viewing cherry blossoms in an expansive park. Several of the women play blind man's bluff while others stroll under the blooming trees. A lovely spring landscape with Mt. Fuji visible in the distance, the view framed by blossoms. A charming woodblock depicting this annual celebration, nicely detailed with embossing in the white kimono trim, burnishing in the black kimono and obi, and fine bokashi shading in the background. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight toning, a few small spots and light creases. Please see photos for details.