Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Series; Eastern Customs: Enumerated Blessings
Eastern Customs: Enumerated Blessings - Attractive image from a Chikanobu series published from about 1887 to 1890. These charming scenes illustrate words that include the syllable fuku (or huku), which has many different meanings, but the primary meaning is blessing or good fortune. Women, children, and families are shown in daily life, playing games, enjoying different traditions, and celebrating festivals and events. Beautifully drawn with fine detail and vibrant color, these lovely Chikanobu designs offer a wonderful look at life in Japan during the Meiji era. A rarely seen series and a nice choice for a collector.
Evening Entertainment - Charming scene of beauties gathered in an interior for an evening of entertainment. A young woman dances about carrying a wooden pestle over her shoulder, much to the amusement of her companions. The beauty standing in the doorway giggles as she holds her hand to her mouth. A nicely detailed setting, with large mochi cakes trimmed with greenery stacked on a stand at left, above a pile of rolls of silk on a table. An interesting subject with attractive color and touches of delicate embossing in the white kimono trim.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 9 1/8" x 13" plus margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with very thin paper. A couple of small holes, repaired from reverse, blends well. Very light toning and soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.