Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty with Offering Kuchi-e Print
The Kuchi-e Tradition - Kuchi-e prints are woodblock frontispiece illustrations used in the publication of Japanese novels and magazines around the turn of the 20th century. Most kuchi-e prints were illustrations of bijin and continued the tradition of idealized beauties in Japanese art. The subjects, however, have a decidedly Meiji era feel about them and reflect the artistic movement towards more western design. Kuchi-e prints typically have one or two folds because of their use.
Much interest has been generated in the subject since the publication in 2000 of Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada's groundbreaking book, "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture." Kuchi-e prints have become highly sought after and collected by the serious collector.
Comments - Lovely kuchi-e design of a young beauty presenting a tray holding a small basket filled with greenery. She wears a beautiful floral pattern kimono with touches of embossing in the white areas. Her hair is pulled back into a ponytail decorated with a single comb. A charming illustration. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the hair.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 11 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A couple small holes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.