Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Bunkyu Era (1861 - 1864)
Series; Mirror of the Ages
Mirror of the Ages - Published in 1897, Chikanobu's beautiful series "Mirror of the Ages" celebrates the beauty and fashions of women of the past. Each print in this delightful series features a single portrait of a young beauty, always carefully and stylishly made up, wearing the traditional contemporary fashion of her time. In the rectangular inset above the figure, Chikanobu has drawn a scene from the same time period suggesting a place where one might see this young beauty. This wonderful series was printed to the highest quality with fine line work and soft shading, and often with additional embellishments, such as delicate embossing or burnishing. A lovely series and collector's favorite.
The Bunkyu Era (1861 - 1864) - Lovely portrait of a young Bunkyu Era beauty holding a wicker basket of clams. She smiles with delight as she goes about her task, looking over her shoulder. Her hair is pulled up into a small bun on the top of her head, pinned in place with a red tie-dyed cloth and a metal hairpin. The area around her eyes is beautifully shaded in soft pink, as is the inside of her ear. The scene above shows people gathering clams at Shinogawa Bay. Incredible fine line work in the delicate hairline, with light embossing on the fluffy white pompom hair ornament and burnishing on the black collar. A wonderful subject, beautifully drawn.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Slight toning, a few spots and creases. Please see photos for details.