Series; Chiyoda Outer Palace (Chiyoda no on-omote)
Chiyoda Outer Palace - Following his successful "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series, Chikanobu designed a second triptych series first published in 1897 illustrating the "Chiyoda Outer Palace" (Chiyoda no on-omote), the domain of the shogun and his retainers at Edo Castle, also known as Chiyoda Castle. The men are depicted taking part in sporting and hunting activities, martial arts, annual ceremonies, and traditional rituals. The Outer Palace series was smaller than the Inner Palace series, with 32 triptychs instead of 40, and these designs are seen much less often. Chikanobu's characteristic attention to detail highlights the clothing and accessories worn by the samurai, as well as the indoor and outdoor settings. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such and embossing and burnishing. The handsome "Chiyoda Outer Palace" series provides a wonderful look at life inside the Shogun's castle prior to the Meiji Restoration.
Imperial Procession at Ueno - Fantastic six-panel woodblock presenting a panoramic view of a feudal procession at Ueno. A terrific image showing samurai marching solemnly past a low hill framed by pine and willow trees with two temple structures on top. At far left, two retainers lead a white horse draped in red, its mane beautifully braided. They are followed by men carrying large woven trunks emblazoned with the hollyhock leaf crest of the Tokugawa clan. At the rear, a nobleman rides in a black lacquer palanquin. Incredible detail in the clothing and expressions, with soft shading in the background, and burnishing on the scabbards, palanquin, and the black lacquer trim on the trunks. A wonderful choice for collectors interested in traditional activities during the Shogun's reign.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 54 7/8"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Six separate panels, backed with somewhat stiff paper. Small repair, fold at corner, a few spots, rubbed area in third panel from left. Please see photos for details.