Chikanobu: Beauty of the Kaei era
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Toyohara (Yôshû) Chikanobu (1838-1912)
Portrait of a beauty of the Kaei era (1848-1854) holding a fan in her hand. In the picture above a view of the the precincts of the Toeizan temple in Ueno with blossoming cherry trees.
Title: Kaei no koro (The Kaei era)
Series: Jidai kagami (A mirror of the ages)
Signature: Yôshû Chikanobu
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi, Tokyo
Date: Meiji 30 (1897)
Size: Vertical Ôban, 37.4 x 24.3 cm (overall size)
Excellent impression and colours, with relief printing and oxidized red. Wide margins. Verso on one side a narrow old paper backing strip. Paper minimally age-toned, little soiling in margins. Two very faint and unobtrusive stains. Overall very nice condition.
For this series compare Bruce A. Coats, Chikanobu. Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints. Leiden 2006, pp. 186 ff. Cf. also the website of the Mizuta Museum of Art of Josai University, which shows and explains the whole series.