Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
The House of Kinpeiro in the New Yoshiwara, 1871
Comments - Terrific triptych showing courtesans enjoying a moment of leisure at the House of Kinpeiro (Golden Vase) House in the New Yoshiwara, entertaining themselves with music. In the center a beauty plays the koto, a songbook spread out on the carpet before her, while a woman at right strums a shamisen. The beauty kneeling at left plays a kokyu, a small instrument similar to a shamisen but played upright with a bow. The other women smile happily as they enjoy the music. Cherry trees bloom outside the modern glass windows, and cherry branches are arranged in a vase in a scroll niche at far left. Wonderful detail in the interior furnishings and colorful fabrics, with delicate embossing on the white kimono collars. A charming scene.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Vertical fold at side of two panels. Small hole, repaired with backing. Please see photos for details.