Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Cherry-tree Well at Benkei Moat outside Sakurada
Yuyudo Publisher - In the early 20th century, the Yuyudo publishing house had already distinguished themselves as one of the finest publishers in Japan. They adhered to the same exacting standards of 19th century publishers while some of their publishing colleagues took shortcuts. In the 1950's, as interest Edo era woodblock prints was reigniting, Yuyudo embarked upon a project to produce reprints by the great masters from the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e. They hired the finest woodblock printers and carvers in the world for this endeavor. The resulting prints were some of the highest quality reproductions ever made. We are pleased to offer this beautiful reprint from the Yuyudo publisher in our auctions today. Yuyudo prints are exceptionally well done and very finely printed. Each bears a Yuyudo Publisher stamp on the margin or reverse. Bid now on prints from this fantastic collection!
Comments - Terrific winter scene of the busy well at Benkei Moat outside Sakurada. Men with shovels scoop snow from around the base of the fenced well as another man pulls up a bucket of water. People go about their daily business, trudging through the snow as they travel from place to place, several porters carrying goods suspended from shoulder yokes. Birds bob on the surface of the deep blue water in the moat, and the cherry tree which gives the well its name frames the view at right. A great design rarely seen in reprint.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.