Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Parody of the Dream at Handan
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 - Charming scene of the elegant courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya asleep resting on a table, dreaming of marrying a wealthy daimyo and traveling by palanquin with a group of attendants. Her dream is a parody of a Chinese tale where the young boy Lu Sheng borrowed a pillow from a Taoist master at Handan that was said to bring prosperity. He fell asleep on the pillow, as shown in the rectangular inset, and dreamed that he had become wealthy and respected. When he woke up, he discovered that his dream had come true. A lovely design and a very unusual subject to find in reprint.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent condition overall, no issues to report.