Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Dogs Playing, 1896
Series; Chiyoda Inner Palace (Chiyoda no Ooku)
Chiyoda Inner Palace - First published from 1894 - 1897, Chikanobu's "Chiyoda Inner Palace" (Chiyoda no Ooku) series depicts the lives of women in Edo Castle prior to the Meiji Restoration, when it was home to the shogun and his court. Edo Castle was also known as Chiyoda Castle, and the series includes 40 triptychs. The Inner Palace area housed the shogun's wife and unmarried daughters, his male heir, and many ladies-in-waiting and servants. These lovely triptychs illustrate seasonal activities both inside and outside of the women's private quarters, and a variety of ceremonies, rituals, and pastimes. The beauties are elegantly attired as they go about their daily lives, with wonderful attention and detail given to their sumptuous kimono and obi fabrics. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such as burnishing, embossing, and mica or metallic pigment. Chikanobu's lovely "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series beautifully captures the world of upper-class women in mid-nineteenth century Japan.
Dogs Playing, 1896 - Charming Chikanobu woodblock of beauties watching two small dogs playing and frolicking with a large ball of flowers trailing colorful ribbons. Each dog wears a ruffled collar tied with a red bow. The standing beauty wears a lovely kimono shaded from lavender to white, with a pattern of blossoms and prayer wheels. Her companion looks over her shoulder with a smile as she places a stack of books on an ornate lacquer shelf. A lovely triptych with fine embossed detail in the dogs' fur and the white kimono collars. A great subject for anyone who loves dogs.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small marks, a couple light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.