Choki (active circa 1785 - 1805) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Elegant Flower Arrangements
- 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.
Comments - Attractive image of beauties in an interior against a backdrop of elegant flower arrangements. Two women kneel on the floor near a brazier, one smoking a slender pipe as the other gestures with her hand. Behind them, a variety of containers and vases holds flowers and blossoming branches. The background is printed with a darker tone to simulate aging. Lovely graceful figures and wonderful detail in the setting.
Artist - Choki (active circa 1785 - 1805)
Image Size - 13" x 8 5/8" + right margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.