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Courtesan Looking at a Foreign Ship by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Item Number: 959432

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Fine Woodblock Reprints
Item Number: 959432
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Courtesan Looking at a Foreign Ship by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Hokkei (1780 - 1850) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Courtesan Looking at a Foreign Ship

Surimono - Surimono are an exclusive subcategory of Japanese woodblock prints. Poetry clubs commissioned these designs for distribution to a small audience of members, most often as New Year's greetings. These privately published images included a wonderful range of subjects and lavish printing techniques such as embossing, burnishing, and metallic pigments. Since surimono were not sold commercially, the print runs were very small and original Edo era surimono are incredibly rare in the market today. These fine quality suriomono reprints offer a great way to collect these classic designs at an affordable price.

Comments - Intriguing surimono design of a courtesan standing on a verandah, looking over her shoulder at a foreign ship on the sea. She wears an elegant blue outer kimono patterned with swirling water, the fabric trailing onto the floor beside her. Beautifully detailed with embossed lines on the softly shaded water and the white kimono collar. A fascinating subject, rarely seen in reprint.

Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 7"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at sides from previous mounting. Slight toning, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.

Courtesan Looking at a Foreign Ship by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Courtesan Looking at a Foreign Ship by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

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