Comments - Attractive scene from a series depicting the Six Jewel Rivers, here the Chofu or Cloth-beating Jewrl River. A beauty is fulling cloth on a verandah, beating the fabric with wooden mallets to enmesh the fibers and create a stronger cloth. A young child crawls onto her robe, which trails on the floor around her. The building opens out onto a view of a river, with a tiny ship visible in the distance. Beautiful warm color palette and fine detail, including embossing in the white ripples on the water.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Koryusai (1735 - 1790)
Image Size - 10 1/4" x 7 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.