Eisho (active circa 1780 - 1800) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Courtesan Hinazuru of Chojiya
Series; Contest of Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters
A Fine Tokyo Reprint Collection
- In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Courtesan Hinazuru of Chojiya - Beautiful design by Eisho depicting the elegant courtesan Hinazuru holding a doll, an allusion to her name since hina means doll in Japanese. She smiles as she looks over her shoulder, carefully holding the toy with both hands. She wears several layers of kimono, the tie-dyed pattern of her green under robe delicately embossed. A fantastic subject with soft color and a lovely mica background. Rarely seen in reprint.
Artist - Eisho (active circa 1780 - 1800)
Image Size - 15" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.